White hopeful of early return for Kankowski

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 17 Jan 2014 at 12:30
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Speaking to SuperSport’s Gavin Rich, sharks Director of Rugby Jake White has revealed that he’s hoping to have Bok eighthman Ryan Kankowski back in his clutches ahead of the start of the 2014 Super Rugby season.

Kankowski, like winger JP Pietersen, has spent the last six months in Japan and will return to Durban on the conclusion of the Japanese season. Much, however, depends on how their respective teams fare in that league and since Kankowski’s Toyota side is not expected to feature in play-off action, White is hopeful that the rangy loose forward will return to Durban early in February. Pietersen’s Panasonic Wild Knights are performing better, meaning the Sharks may have to wait a few weeks more for his services.

White is believed to be a big fan of what Kankowski brings, considering the 28-year-old one of only a handful of genuine finishers available to him – those players who can turn an opportunity 40m out into a try under the posts. Should the latter indeed return in time to be integrated into White’s planning, the smart money would be on a return to the Sharks number 8 jersey for the February 15 opener against the Bulls.


  • Wonderful! Been missing the Hof and his rangy runs! Was worried he might go permanently after TPC (the previous coach) took a sudden dislike to him.

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.01.14 12:38:44 by Caratacus Reply
  • The Hoff, Deysel and Alberts with Daniel and Coetzee possibly off the bench…

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.01.14 12:45:57 by SheldonK Reply
  • Still one of my all time favourite Sharks players. Kanko on form and at full speed breaking defences is a sight to behold!

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.01.14 12:46:57 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 2) : I like Coetzee, Alberts, Kanko with Deysel off the bench for first game

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.01.14 13:23:17 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • Let’s just hope he can get back to the form he was in a few years ago. An in form Kanko will have a field day from the back of the scrum if the forwards can dominate the opposition!

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.01.14 13:24:56 by HeinF Reply

  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 4) : Deysel is a VC so i assume he will start. I wouldnt be surprised to see Alberts, Deysel and Coetzee with Kanko from the bench for first few games.

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.01.14 13:35:25 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 6) : I don’t think it’s necessarily true that Deysel is guaranteed a start because he’s a vice captain.

    I think the whole reason Jake named three was to give himself some leeway in terms of selection.

    I reckon Pat will be the “official” vice captain most often, because he’s the one most likely to always be selected.

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.01.14 13:54:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • Meh 😐 Not so sure about the Hoff. His game went off the boil in the last couple seasons, and it’s pretty much a given that players in Japan come back with less than ideal conditioning.

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.01.14 13:59:36 by The Great Couch Shark Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 3) : As Rob said in an earlier thread, if he comes back in top form, this could be a real breakthrough season for the Hoff!

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.01.14 14:01:14 by Bump Reply

  • @The Great Couch Shark (Comment 8) : true, but hopefully he got a fright last season and kept his conditioning up

  • Comment 10, posted at 17.01.14 14:01:59 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • If coetzee plays of the bench the bulls must make him an offer……they could really use him…..[Yes I know they could use a lot right now]

  • Comment 11, posted at 17.01.14 14:07:54 by KingsArmy Reply

  • @KingsArmy (Comment 11) : If a player wants to leave cos he isnt starting every game but is in the 22 then he must get on the bus now. Nobody is bigger than the team- if he wants to play he must force his way in to start.

  • Comment 12, posted at 17.01.14 14:13:16 by SheldonK Reply

  • Jake White backs them and all of a sudden peoples tune changes. Well done John Smit 😆

    My belief is that Jake White is probably the best coach in the world, especially after his Aussie odyssey. He would have benefited from their slightly off center approach to the game.

  • Comment 13, posted at 17.01.14 14:29:52 by Talent Reply
  • Positions 1,2,3,5,7,9,10,12 pick themselves and you could throw in any loose forward and expect similar results. My concern is whether or not we will have outside backs-11,13,14 and 15 capable of finishing what has been set up for them. Our wings, outside centers and Fullbacks have always lacked the guile and slight of hand that Kiwi and Aus backs have. Big and strong is good, but big, strong and skillful is what we will be met with.

  • Comment 14, posted at 17.01.14 14:36:11 by Talent Reply
  • @Talent (Comment 13) : What the hell is a sharktopus???

  • Comment 15, posted at 17.01.14 14:43:01 by R Hayward Reply

  • @R Hayward (Comment 15) : ‘n Haai met 8 vinne

  • Comment 16, posted at 17.01.14 14:50:44 by Bite me Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 3) : no doubt, we missed him in last year’s super rugby

  • Comment 17, posted at 17.01.14 14:59:53 by Gerhardt Reply

  • the article mentions the return against the bulls on jan 15. it is feb 15. just saying.

  • Comment 18, posted at 17.01.14 15:02:02 by Gerhardt Reply

  • @Gerhardt (Comment 18) : I have no idea what you’re talking about

  • Comment 19, posted at 17.01.14 15:41:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • Yes Rob, I also dream of a 15 January start to SR…

  • Comment 20, posted at 17.01.14 16:40:58 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Talent (Comment 13) : im looking fwd to see what unknown talent he unearths, because that is something he is good at. 2 years ago no one knew who Ben Mowen or Mogg or Lealifano were. Now they are Wallabies. Same with JDV and Burger and Rathbone etc back in 2004. Tim Swiel anyone?

  • Comment 21, posted at 17.01.14 17:35:51 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 12) : think u missing my point… players should start MOST of the games. U would not be happy bismark start 50% of the games or first force his way in the team. Same with coetzee, u want SA’s 2nd choice openside flanker to first play himself into the sharks team…..

  • Comment 22, posted at 17.01.14 17:40:29 by KingsArmy Reply

  • @The Great Couch Shark (Comment 8) : I disagree , in fact his one weakness in manning up with grunt tack$es was shown in SR semi agaginst Stormers where he almost single handedly decimated them,in fact was outragous Outrageous that whole season,not for no reason do Richie and Crusaders mention him

  • Comment 23, posted at 17.01.14 17:56:26 by benji Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 23) : I meant that weakness was fixed

  • Comment 24, posted at 17.01.14 18:02:27 by benji Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 21) : One of my mates from the cape played in the same first team as Tim Swiel, the guy said he’s quite naturally strong and explosive but not the greatest fan of the dirty work 😆

    @R Hayward (Comment 15) : Most terrifying shark ever.

    @KingsArmy (Comment 22) : Why would he want to jump onto a sinking ship?? 😆 and perhaps buying players with that sort of attitude has seen the Bulls end up where they are…

  • Comment 25, posted at 17.01.14 18:20:50 by Talent Reply
  • Looking foward to having kanko back. Maybe this year he wont be messed around by coaching staff and will be allowed to play. He was only gone overseas for around a month and he went from being the sharks Best player (I think of his man of the maych performamce vs the bulls) to the most out of form … out of condition player who then battled to make the startimg 15 and was played out of position the whole season

  • Comment 26, posted at 17.01.14 18:46:41 by byron Reply

  • Positives:
    I’ve always liked Kanko and think he is a fantastic addition to a pack that is dominant.
    Sharks need a game breaker in their pack. There’s a lot of grunt; this will add some magic.
    Kanko is only 28… suppose that means he has at least 7 years left in Jake’s book!

    He was already out of shape before he left; heaven knows what he’ll look like after a stint in Japan.
    Nice that Jake is focussing on what he has right now instead of looking to a player who has hardly played for the union in the last couple of seaosns.
    Nice to see form rewarded as opposed to reputation.

  • Comment 27, posted at 17.01.14 19:39:31 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 19) : it appears corrected now.just helping.

  • Comment 28, posted at 18.01.14 15:33:57 by Gerhardt Reply

  • Seriously can’t wait to see Kanko breaking the line, he is electric when he is on form!

  • Comment 29, posted at 20.01.14 08:54:08 by MikeVS Reply


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