Currie Cup

Nkosi blow for Sharks ahead of final

2017-10-23 08:10
Sbu Nkosi (Gallo)

Durban - The Sharks will host the Currie Cup final when they take on Western Province in Durban on Saturday, but they will do so without the services of wing Sbu Nkosi

Nkosi left the field after 65 minutes in Saturday's 37-27 win over the Blue Bulls at King's Park in the semi-finals, and while there has been no official confirmation from the Sharks on the extent of the injury, coach Robert du Preez's prognosis after the match wasn't good. 

"It looks like he's dislocated his elbow. He's gone to hospital so we'll see if there is any fracture," Du Preez said. 

It is potentially a massive blow for not only the Sharks but Nkosi himself. 

Having scored eight tries in the Currie Cup this year, there have been increased calls for the 21-year-old to be included in the Springbok squad for the upcoming end-of-year tour. 

Nkosi has already spent some time with the Boks during the Rugby Championship, but coach Allister Coetzee turned to Dillyn Leyds to replace the out of favour Raymond Rhule towards the end of the tournament. 

Nkosi's absence would likely mean a dream Currie Cup final and Sharks send-off for veteran Odwa Ndungane, who came on for the final 15 minutes against the Bulls in the semis. 

Kick-off on Saturday is at 16:00.

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