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Alberts boost for Sharks

2012-02-28 08:04

Cape Town - Sharks loose forward Willem Alberts has been cleared fit to play in their Super Rugby clash against the Stormers at Newlands on Saturday.

Sharks team doctor, Ewoudt van der Linde, told the Beeld newspaper that Alberts, who was struggling with a shoulder injury, is ready to start playing this weekend.

However, coach John Plumtree may pick Alberts on the bench to gradually phase his enforcer back into the starting line-up.

But there was also bad news on Monday for the men from Durban when lock Alistair Hargreaves was ruled out for a month due to a stress fracture in his foot.

The Sharks locks were below-par against the Bulls on Friday night and Hargreaves's injury is sure to give Plumtree some sleepless nights ahead of the Stormers clash.

Steven Sykes, Anton Bresler and Ross Skeate all came off second best against the Bulls and Plumtree will be hoping to get hard-men Alberts and Jean Deysel back into action sooner rather than later.

Deysel can also be considered at lock, but he's still out injured and could only return for their overseas tour in three weeks' time.

Further injury worries include centre Tim Whitehead, who had an impressive game in a losing cause at Loftus Versfeld. Whitehead has an injured groin and a scan will determine the extent of his injury on Tuesday.

Eightman Ryan Kankowski injured his thumb and right wing Louis Ludik took a knock to the leg, but their injuries appear to be of a lesser extent.

Sport24

Comments
  • malcolm.molver - 2012-02-28 08:08

    This is great news although he should play off the bench this week. I'd like to see a loose trio of Daniel, Coetzee and Alberts. Kankowski went missing against the Bulls

      Saffa - 2012-02-28 08:46

      Kanko has been missing for years mate. If you chaps want to use him and Keegan effectively, your gameplan will have to change.

      Dave - 2012-02-28 12:41

      Was Kanko on the field during the bulls game?

  • Lionel - 2012-02-28 08:08

    Bring Alberts,Etzebeth and Elstadt will sort him out!!!!

      Saffa - 2012-02-28 08:45

      @Lionel, I know what I would like to see on Saturday. Eben keeps his starting place at 4. Elstadt plays 7, Duane plays 8 and Kolisi plays 6 - Koster on the bench. Sharks loosies (apart from Marcell C) were poor against Bulls...and this combo for us would dominate - IMHO. Indeed, Alberts returning for them makes me even more inclined to go with this combo. Koster is a gifted player - and you know I rate the guy - but with the Sharks looking a little 'light' on the physical side of things (locks/loosies) I would want to ram physicality down their throats.......You got Elstadt, Eben, Duane, Siya on the field, physicality is what they will get (plus Elstadt at 7 gives us the additional lineout option, and I reckon we should smoke them their in any event). The above all said: my beloved Stormers will have to be at the top of their game to beat the Sharks.

      Lionel - 2012-02-28 08:53

      I am with you all the way on this one,I hope AC see's the way that you are thinking. If he does not go that way then Etzebeth must start with Elstadt coming off the bench!!!

      Hugh - 2012-02-28 09:52

      Saffa, the Sharks light? Not too sure of that, the bulls didn't get across the try line, remember? With Schalk out, you might consider the Stormers being light, no more fetcher worth writing home about.

      Saffa - 2012-02-28 10:15

      @Hugh - read again. The Sharks LOOSIES AND LOCKS were found to be a little 'light' against the Bulls (NOT Marcell....) If you can honestly say that Kanko, Keegan, Bresler and company won the physical battle I would have to conclude that you watched a different game. With Alberts back you have your ball carrier and battering ram and he WILL make a huge difference. PS: Schalk is not a fetcher and apart from his first few years playing rugby has NEVER been a fetcher worth writing home about in the truest sense of the word - Kolisi is not a fetcher. AC (wrongly) IMHO does not believe in an out and out fetcher. The only fetching option we have is: Ruan Kitshoff - and I can't see Alistair starting him.....BECAUSE Schalk is injured, I would play the okes as mentioned in my post above Duane8, Elstadt7, Kolisi6, and keep Eben at 4........

  • Bootman - 2012-02-28 08:23

    That look on his face is either from being pumped up on roids or being pumped in the roids.

      Chris - 2012-02-28 09:30

      Or from being 120 kilos of angry man mountain waiting to crush some Stormers players.

  • hannes.handogg - 2012-02-28 09:27

    HKGK

  • Dewald - 2012-02-28 09:31

    Jaaaa, die pink bulle is hard, pasop!!

  • Gavin - 2012-02-28 09:45

    This Sharks side is clueless. Plumtree spoke previously of a New Era. Luckily he did not call it an Era of success. The only Era ahead is losing, repeatedly. I've never been so disappointed by a Sharks side like I was on Saturday. Out-thought by the Bulls kick and chase game? They were lost and befuddled and clearly lacked a good leader. The locks were played off the park and Bismark is worth 9 points a game, to the opposition. Let's face it Sharks, you guys are in for a long Season if this dazed and confused game plan continues unchecked. This weekend I've got Stormers by at least 14....That hurts because I'm a Sharks supporter but I want to do well in my Superbru pool....

      Tommy - 2012-02-28 11:44

      @gavin Then maybe you should become a stormer, honestly if you think the sharks are over and done with, i think you might be surprised in 8 months time and btw to support a team , will mean loosing and winning, ask yourself who scored on Friday ?????

  • henco.swart - 2012-02-28 09:50

    Good news for the Sharks. They are going to need Alberts. I tend to aggree with Saffa that the Sharks are still a bit light, without Deysel there as well. They haven't got the locks to go all the way. The Stormers front row may negate the advantage from their locks, come scrum-time, but the rest of the game, the Stormers forwards should be able to subdue the Sharks.

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