Kanko is back, right on schedule

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 5 Feb 2014 at 11:18
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Ryan Kankowski, whose Toyota side lost in the Japanese league semi-finals at the weekend, is already back in Durban and attended his first training session with the Sharks yesterday.

While the big former Bok number 8 will have a huge amount of work to do in the coming weeks to catch up to the rest of the members of the squad, coach Jake White clearly holds his skills in high esteem and looks likely to turn to him as an option, provided he can quickly get up to speed with the new way of working in Durban.

Talking to the Mercury’s Mike Greenaway, White confirmed that “Ryan is a Springbok, he’s got something special about him. He’s really quick and has a bit of X-factor. He’s very important in terms of the way we want to play.

“I know he’s come back a bit later than I would have liked (missing pre-season fitness training), but at least he’s here for the first week of the competition, which bodes well for the future.”

Welcome back Hoff. Good to have you home at last!


  • Are JPP’s team doing well? He might still be there for a while 👿

  • Comment 1, posted at 05.02.14 11:36:16 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 1) : we have such a brilliant squad i almost forget he is not back yet

  • Comment 2, posted at 05.02.14 11:48:01 by Poisy Reply
  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 1) : they’re playing in the final this weekend…. so he should really come back straight after that

  • Comment 3, posted at 05.02.14 11:48:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • Fantastic! big difference between this years welcome and last years. 👿

  • Comment 4, posted at 05.02.14 11:49:23 by Caratacus Reply

  • @Caratacus (Comment 4) : jeez, you can say that again

  • Comment 5, posted at 05.02.14 11:52:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Caratacus (Comment 4) : @robdylan (Comment 5) : Now we talking,great he back,now all the big boys are back bar JPP, no more Dumtree and KD nonsense at 8 ,as I said buckle up this is going to be one hell of a ride

  • Comment 6, posted at 05.02.14 11:58:51 by benji Reply
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  • @Caratacus (Comment 4) : Imagine what Kanko must be feeling coming back to the Sharks of 2014.

    I think the Sharks franchise of 2014 is about as good as it currently gets in professional rugby.

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.02.14 12:02:20 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • The Hoff is back 😎

  • Comment 8, posted at 05.02.14 12:07:53 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Saw a pic of Kanko, looks smaller. Will he be able to cope with the demands of Superugby from the get go? Remains to be seen. Sure he’ll be tested asap. One advantage though is that he is match fit.

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.02.14 12:15:00 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 9) : well, Japanese match fit…

  • Comment 10, posted at 05.02.14 12:17:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 2) : jeez we are spoilt 😀

  • Comment 11, posted at 05.02.14 12:19:31 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : I think those guys run more than our teams in a game. But they lack the phusicality of even Vodacom rugby.

  • Comment 12, posted at 05.02.14 12:20:11 by KingRiaan Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : Hope the Knights win the final and he comes back with his tail up

  • Comment 13, posted at 05.02.14 12:21:27 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • and the only cog missing now is a mental coach.
    Anyone want to post a article on the coaching staff we have. Would be nice to see what staffing we have now as compared to last year.

  • Comment 14, posted at 05.02.14 12:26:09 by Dunx Reply

  • @Dunx (Comment 14) : I think John Smit is a bit of a mental coach/mentor to the guys, but ja that wouldnt hurt

  • Comment 15, posted at 05.02.14 12:43:55 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 15) : probably talking shit here, JS must be extremely busy

  • Comment 16, posted at 05.02.14 12:45:03 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • Hey the sharks guys can just log in here from time to time.
    We ll talk them up faster than McLeod can score a try at Newlands!!

    Er sorry Claytie!!

  • Comment 17, posted at 05.02.14 21:48:09 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • I for one am super chuffed to see Hoff back. Would love to see him and KD in tandem again.
    That means 2 skillful players in one back row…….. Oh well one can but dream and hope

  • Comment 18, posted at 06.02.14 08:30:19 by Bayshark Reply

  • @Bayshark (Comment 18) : The problem with 2 ball players in the loose trio is that it then forces your tight 5 to carry the ball more to get you over the advantage line. And in the past Jannie Dup and even Beast mayb average 3 carries a game. I do see under JW that Beast is carrying the ball more, Jannie still not tho which is why i like Adriaanse

  • Comment 19, posted at 06.02.14 09:35:30 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Sheldonk ([email protected]SheldonK (Comment 20) : Yip I hear what you say, but if a bulldozer doesn’t get you where you want to go then there has to be a plan “B”. And surely if we playing a high tempo game then Bizzie, PSDT and one of Deysel or Alberts should do the ball carrying duty?

  • Comment 20, posted at 06.02.14 10:41:12 by Bayshark Reply

  • @Bayshark (Comment 20) : Yes for sure they would, its not about a bulldozer approach but more about just getting onto the front foot and making opposition retreat as opposed to moving forward. I also think that JW would like to use his backline more than the Sharks have in he past which is why he doesnt really want too many of the forwards standing in the backline and would prefer them closer to the rucks etc to allow space for backline to operate. So having 1 ball player to link with backs is what he will go with but having 2 may mean they both in the backline and then your backline effect is negated. But as you say there is more than 1 way to skin a cat

  • Comment 21, posted at 06.02.14 10:55:13 by SheldonK Reply

  • The fact that we don’t really have an established (i.e. old) enforcer lock means it’s very unlikely you’ll see two “looser” loose forwards picked at the same time.

  • Comment 22, posted at 06.02.14 10:56:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 22) : So food for thought…if we play 2 lineout loose forwards in Kanko and Daniel then we can afford to drop a ‘jumping’ lock. So play Deysel at Lock and Kanko,Alberts and Daniel in the loose trip. Deysel and PSDt at lock. thats thinking out the box

  • Comment 23, posted at 06.02.14 11:24:48 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 23) : dunno, seems like Plumtree thinking to me.

    I don’t like 1.9m locks, simple as that.

  • Comment 24, posted at 06.02.14 11:36:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 24) : No look im more of a traditionalist in that your 2 locks are your key lineout options, pick a front row that can scrum and pick and drive. Loose forwards must be big and abrasive to create quick ruck ball. And a No.8 that can link with backs at a bit of speed.

  • Comment 25, posted at 06.02.14 11:43:59 by SheldonK Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 24) : Speaking of Plum, he is back doing what he does best- being an assistant coach with the forwards. Thats his calling

  • Comment 26, posted at 06.02.14 11:45:57 by SheldonK Reply


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