Kankowski: We're gelling nicely

2012-07-26 15:46

Cape Town - Sharks No 8 Ryan Kankowski says their recent good run has come at just the right time ahead of their Super Rugby semi-final.

The Durbanites have won seven of their last eight matches to sneak into the semis where a clash against the Stormers at Newlands awaits them this Saturday.

And Kankowski feels this recent wave of success proves that they are now peaking at just the right time.

“The guys have been gelling which is good at this time of the competition, we came back from the June break in the tournament and we had enough time to get settled," he told the Sharks website.

“But it seems that we like making things tough for ourselves, we only seem to play when there’s a knife against our throat. We put ourselves under a bit of pressure but we came out on top. We just need to keep building on that.

“We’ve had a good couple wins and we’re building momentum, and going into semi-finals, I think everyone fancies their chance.”

The clash at Newlands kicks off at 17:05 on Saturday.


Stormers: 15. Joe Pietersen, 14. Gio Aplon, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Jean de Villiers (captain), 11. Bryan Habana, 10. Peter Grant, 9. Dewaldt Duvenage, 8. Deon Fourie, 7. Rynhardt Elstadt, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Andries Bekker, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 3. Brok Harris, 2. Tiaan Liebenberg, 1.  Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16. Frans Malherbe, 17. Deon Carstens, 18. De Kock Steenkamp, 19. Don Armand, 20. Louis Schreuder, 21. Burton Francis, 22. Gerhard van den Heever

Sharks: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Tim Whitehead, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Frederic Michalak, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Marcell Coetzee, 6 Keegan Daniel (captain), 5 Anton Bresler, 4 Willem Alberts, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Wiehahn Herbst, 18 Steven Sykes, 19 Jean Deysel, 20 Jacques Botes, 21 Odwa Ndungane, 22 Riaan Viljoen


  • TravieGrif - 2012-07-26 15:50

    And you Mr Kanko applying some much needed heat to the shoddy Spies at Bok 8. Go Sharks!!!!!!!!

      cape.maori - 2012-07-26 15:58

      Kanko is a good S15 player - not a test player! He disappears when the going gets tough!

      andrew.cooks.5 - 2012-07-26 16:03

      disappears maori??, like your front teeth??

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-26 16:12

      kankowski for bok number 8. i never liked this guy but he is the best at the moment. even better than vermeulen. he just hits so many rucks

      TravieGrif - 2012-07-26 16:13

      I don't agree with you Maori. I think that given a decent chance, which he hasn't as yet, you will see a world class player.

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-26 16:33

      Sharks by 5...

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-26 16:38

      why are they talking about hair products anyway?

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-26 17:07

      cape , you're an idiot .. please explain the difference between SR level and international level ? Same opposition , different uniform .

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-26 17:12

      he hits em HARD tom .. and that must be good zzztomerzzz cup-less 4 life!!!

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-07-26 17:25

      The Sharks defence is looking good at present,but the Stormers defence is brilliant all of the time.It would be foolish to think that the Strormers won't step it up when it matters most.This will be a tight game.Decided on penalties I presume,as is most Semi-finals.Whoever dictates the advantage line will win come Saturday.Stormers by 6.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-26 17:44

      Sharks will score tries and wallop u. Bets down on sharks and chiefs or sharks and saders to make final. Show me the money. Dr manhattan in the house

      Grant - 2012-07-26 18:09

      @Randomdude - there IS a big difference between SuperRugby and Test Rugby. In SR, you face an opposition with 4 or 5 test-level players, with the rest being a level below. That means there's more room for error, and more areas to impress. In test rugby, errors are critical, and its a lot harder finding space and/or covering waves of runners. Kirschner is a prime example of a player who does well in SR, but shouldn't be anywhere near an international rugby match! I do think though, that Kanko deserves his proper shot at international level, if for no reason other than the fact Spies has all but dropped out of the picture (and barely performs anymore).

      sean.lambie.3 - 2012-07-26 18:19

      @Drewka - LOL !!

      backstabber.adder - 2012-07-26 18:34

      Random and Tardis gelling nicely. What a cute couple. Together they hold the record for the most epic run of failing to provide any entertaining or insightful comments. Descartes said: I think, therefor I am. Obviously 2 exceptions here. Hehehehe....

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-26 18:36

      Grant, any of the top NZ sides are packed with international level players from 1 -15 . So each one of those sides have more quality on the field than just about any rugby nation outside of NZ & SA can muster at international level . . So, the thinking is that if a player performs better at SR level than the other #8s in the SR competition then that same player is going to do worse at international level than another #8s ,that did worse at SR level against supposedly lesser competition ?? Is that what we're saying ? Why did Sadie not perform at the Bulls ( one SR team to another SR team ) but did better at the Stormers ? Why did BH do so much better at the bulls ?Seems a more likely reason would be the style of rugby the SBs under a certain coach fits certain players better than others.

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-26 18:38

      wimplo is back !! hehehe

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-26 18:44

      Paris Hilton said I don't really think, I just walk Yeah thought so, booya

      theo.greeff.5 - 2012-07-26 20:21

      While Kankowski is definitely a skillfull player, he's never had a convincing game in a bok jersey - even though he's had more than adequate opportunities. I agree that he's a helluva lot better than Spies (physically he has everything -and then some - a world class no8 needs, except for the most important heart & brain), but that's hardly an achievement nowadays. I'm not knocking on Kankowski, I just think there are better options (Vermeulen if he's fit, Daniel was very good at 8 earlier in the season, even Josh Strauss deserves some mention). As for the game itself, it's a pity this isn't a final - It's gonna be a massive game, and quite likely very close either way. I'd love to confidently say the Stormers will take it, but the Sharks have an uncanny ability to lift themselves for the big games. Either way, it should prove a good match to watch.

      backstabber.adder - 2012-07-26 20:43

      RandomDude would you be John Edwards by any chance? Hehehehehe...

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-26 20:50

      Whimp Lo .. ffs but you're dense ... RandomDude is the News24 profile handle that's linked to the FB profile that's John Edwards .. but my real name is Jonathan Osterman ..Dr. Jonathan Osterman heheh

      TravieGrif - 2012-07-26 21:19

      @Theo...mate there are two things that I would like to say in response. The first is that I don't believe that Kanko was given a fair chance. He never started in my memory, and was given a few minutes here and there. I think given a chance to settle he would have done better. Second thing is that at the moment he is playing the rugby of his life, and based on that alone I hold that he should be given a start over Spies. He is also huge in the line outs so it is a big plus for him over Vermeulen as I see it.

      theo.greeff.5 - 2012-07-26 21:45

      @Travie: Don't forget that Vermeulen is no slouch when it comes lineouts either. Kankowski has had more opportunities in a bok jersey than many other players, and not once has he been able to reproduce his provincial-level form. The thing is, he's a great player, with good vision, great speed and good distribution, but if he can't bring it all together when it really matters, he shouldn't be in the bok team. That said, if I had to pick a bok side right now, he'd definitely be in the mix - if for no other reasons than that Spies has consistently failed to deliver on his promise over the past couple of seasons, and that Vermeulen is injured (even if was ready to play, I'd still prefer him to have a couple of domestic games to get back to match-fitness).

      mike.barmby - 2012-07-26 22:20

      As a big Stormers supporter, I must say that Duane Vermeulen is the best number 4 in South Africa right now. I think it is no question he should be in the Springbok team. I just hope Hinecker Mayer will take off his blue tinted sunglasses. Vermeulen is been so strong in the lineouts this season. AT just 20 years of age, I think he has shown enough promise and talent to be the next great South African lock! One worry is he has played so many matches and had no rest. He is a real prospect for the future

      TravieGrif - 2012-07-27 08:55

      @Theo...I think your argument is sound, and in my opinion, both Kanko and Vermeulen bring something different to the table. I would like to see Kanko getting some Bok time with this new vigour he has found, but I think that the Boks would not be weakened at all by have duane in the mix. They certainly are the top performing 8's in the country.

      byron.wright.102 - 2012-07-27 10:22

      How would we know? He has only started 3 games at 8 for the boks!

  • john.comyn.18 - 2012-07-26 16:00

    Keep it up Kanko - I'm sure the Stormers are quite happy the Sharks all fancy their chances.

      1amAlan - 2012-07-26 17:30

      Are you expecting him to say that they've got no confidence? If so, they might as well not show up on the day. I hope the Stormers take it, but I have a feeling this will be the last game at Newlands and the Sharks will be making a long trip next week.

      sean.lambie.3 - 2012-07-26 18:24

      @Iask , Jy moet net hard genoeg bid dat jou span wen ! You`ll be crucified on news 24 if they lose ! Good luck Sharks!!!

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-26 20:44

      the only thing your team can rip to pieces is the kuk papier in the outhouse you all storm saam into after your team falls flat on their FACE every year .

      wesley.g.mercer - 2012-07-26 22:41

      The Stormers probably think that they gonna walk the Sharks. theyre at home and top of the log (Big heads). they going down and the Hof is gonna be a big part.

  • seanb09 - 2012-07-26 16:00

    bla bla bla, enough talking, let your rugby do the talking, o and ryan, nice perm bra. by the way, reds were well below par last week so lets put the win into perspective shall we, stormers easily beat the reds away , people tend to forget that. stormers by 6

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-26 16:13

      kanko hits more rucks than you

      TravieGrif - 2012-07-26 16:16

      Yet you struggled against the lowly Rebels, just like we struggled against the Lions. What makes you say that they were below par. Most say that they put on a great show, and Mallet said that the victory by the Sharks was actually better than it looked...and it looked good. I think that the Stormers are a great side, but you can talk as much you want...what happened in the past has zero bearing on Saturday's outcome. Two teams have to thrash it out on the paddock and hopefully the better will come out on top.

      seanb09 - 2012-07-26 16:22

      Travie I agree with u, but all the non stormers supporters love to throw in previous results, guess what stormers are unbeaten at home, and only lost 2 games all season. no one speaks about that. and a few pundits reckon reds were below par. but yes i agree with u, saturday is a new day, and history means nothing. will be an epic game, lets hope rugbys the winner :) still stormers by 6 :P

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-26 17:16

      ^^ check the oompa loopa having a bitch over Kanko's hair .

      mike.barmby - 2012-07-26 22:27

      I think the emphatic victory over the Rebels and the outstanding showing by Dean Fourie at 8th man is proof that the Stormers have what it takes to bring home the Superugby Cup. We have the Conference cup and the Vodacom cup, they can start etching our name on the overall trophy now. I am looking forward to seeing the match up between Siya Kolisi and Beast Mvovorira. It will be a massive contest up front and I think that particular match up in the front row will be very influential to the outcome of the game.

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-27 02:23

      +1 @mike

      derrick.pentz.5 - 2012-07-27 07:54

      @ mike- I realise that sarcasm is the lowest form of wit but you are plumbing the depths

      raymond.romans.5 - 2012-07-27 07:57

      Who the hell is Beast Mvovorira?

  • waldo.nel.9 - 2012-07-26 16:03

    Kanko for Bok 8, Improved as a player and now has that "grunt" wich he never had before. Definatly my pic for Bok 8!

      Grant - 2012-07-26 18:13

      Agreed 100%. Kanko used to be a bit of a twinkle-toes player, but he's putting some force into the game now too...not to mention some apparent line-out skills coming to light! Still think Keegan Daniels should be given a shot - he's a handful second-to-none...utterly and truly relentless! But unless he grows about 5cm and 10kg, he will just be overlooked...

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-26 18:33

      Keegan Daniel not Daniels Doesn't really hit rucks

  • Pietskiet - 2012-07-26 16:18

    So if the Sharks win on saterday then they are best team in South Africa then stormers can give there confidence trophy to to the Sharks.:-):-) Go Shark!! By +7

      seanb09 - 2012-07-26 16:30

      if sharks beat stormers on saturday they deserve the number 1 SA team label, and we as stormers will be happy to concede it but for now, stormers own that label :) to beat stormers at newlands in front of a sell out stadium, sharks will have to earn it

      Pietskiet - 2012-07-26 16:48

      @seanb09 for know anyway but good luck to both teams. Both has the ability to win the final. May the super 15 trophy came to south Africa. Go Sharks good luck stormers

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-26 18:15

      What does the conf cup look like ? This seems appropriate:

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-26 18:38

      Love how the sharks talk in terms of 5 points or 7 point victories and the stormers talk in terms of 3 and 6 point victories

      wesley.g.mercer - 2012-07-26 22:43

      If the Sharks dont win the trophy I back the Stormers all the way. Go Sharks. Go SA.

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-26 23:33

      @pietskiet. If they conference system was set up so that the semi final winner gets the conference cup. And if the Sharks finished top of the log. And if they beat the Stormers. Then yes they can have the conference cup. But the conference system does not work that way. But the Stormers finished top of the log. But the Sharks will probably not win on Saturday. Lots of ifs and buts there and no-one gives a damn about the ifs and buts. O and by the way, the Sharks are welcome to take the conference cup. The Stormers need to make some space in their trophy cabinet for the Super Rugby trophy.

  • shuabe.slamdien.7 - 2012-07-26 16:54

    We will see an out of position Fourie kick your butt this weekend Kanko and that's gauranteed STORM SAAM!!!

      SpringBok - 2012-07-26 17:12

      gauranteed?? haha watch this come back to bite you bonehead

      anele.kunene.52 - 2012-07-26 17:28


      tom.tardis - 2012-07-26 17:48

      Sports24 helping morons learn to spell since I laid the first spelling smackdown

      nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-07-26 18:42

      It's Sport24 not Sports24. Idiot.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-26 18:52

      It's an iPad and it does what it wants, idiot

      paul.sdoow - 2012-07-26 20:44

      its called operator error don't blame your pad

  • Hansie.Crook - 2012-07-26 17:03

    The score will be 20 - 15 to the STOMERS... then you will GEL nicely with your couch watching STOMERS playing and winning the final....

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-26 17:49

      Damn those stomers

      backstabber.adder - 2012-07-26 18:29

      LOL Hansie. Hehehe...

  • sean.bagley.50 - 2012-07-26 17:24

    The Sharks defence is looking good at present,but the Stormers defence is brilliant all of the time.It would be foolish to think that the Strormers won't step it up when it matters most.This will be a tight game.Decided on penalties I presume,as is most Semi-finals.Whoever dictates the advantage line will win come Saturday.Stormers by 6.

      alex.vanderwerff - 2012-07-26 22:39

      "Stormers defence is brilliant all of the time." except when they came to Durban it seems

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-26 23:36

      @sean. Absolutely right. Finals rugby is about frustrating your opponent and pressurising them into mistakes. Then take the penalties. The Stormers have been criticised for their boring rugby, but they have been playing finals rugby the whole season. Their gameplan is better suited for this game than the Sharks'.

  • Billy - 2012-07-26 17:32

    really looking forward to this game! :)) go stormers! PS. the sharks have played nice rugby, its a shame i have to choose between the 2 like this.

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-07-26 18:10

    There will definitely be a knife against your throat on Saturday, Mr. Kanklopsky. Beware, the Stormers are as sharp as a razor.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-26 18:35

      Unlike u

  • dave.short.102 - 2012-07-26 18:15

    Ons sal maar sien, Sharks moet wen net om vir Isak af te P!sS

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-07-26 18:55

    Can't wait for the Stormers to kick some arrogant guppy butt.

      vernon.annandale.7 - 2012-07-27 06:52

      arrogant!? The most arrogant comments I've seen this entire week have come from the stormers but anyway don't write us SHARKS off as a 2nd rate guppy team yet,we might just suprise you. Good luck to your team and may the best team win

  • henrymatthews4 - 2012-07-26 19:42

    First all the bulls supporters claimed the following bulls players are the best that should be in springbok team-Spies,Kirschner,Olivier,Hougaard,W.Kruger,Steyn,after they went on defending and ranting to other supporters endlessly that they dont know anything about rugby.Well they were shamefully proven wrong by there own players. 2ND-Then they started to try and convince people of there rugby knowledge that the bulls is the only team that could play rugby and will reach the final-they were shamefully proven wrong by there own team 3RD-First they said that the stormers will never make the playoffs,then they said the stormers will never be on top of the conference,then they said the stormers will never make the semis,now they saying the stormers will never make the final. I just wonder after reading for so long and after reading all there comments and how convince they are of there rugby knowledge if they really know anything about rugby.If your own players and union are proving your rugby knowledge wrong and you still believe and are still in denail about other players and unions,what does it really say.Quite a lot i would say?

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-26 20:10

      well i would say you should learn a new word: their then your little rant would make sense

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-26 20:20

      But ... o f it stay ignorant .. idiot

      mike.barmby - 2012-07-26 22:33

      I do agree with you Henry. As a Stormers supporter and rugby fan myself, I don't see the value of any players you mentioned. especially Derek Hougard - hasn't he been in France for some time now? I do think though that Frans Steyn still has a big roll to play in the Rugby CHampioships so I disagree with you there. I don't actually think the Bulls "fans" know anything about rugby. It does say quite a lot about them. They keep supporting their team even though they are losing and not going to win the Super 15! If it was me, I would stop supporting them and support someone else. I don't think I would be able to support the Stormers if they lost six games in a season! How embarrassing!

      henrymatthews4 - 2012-07-27 08:31

      Greame-i have never heard any other union believe and going on that, although they are losing and there players are playing bad rugby whether provincial rugby or springbokrugby,they still believe that they are the best team or their players are the best in their positions.Even before the first selection in springboks everybody except bulls supporters said a lot of players were not up to standard and was not good enough for their positions.It took their own players and team to prove them wrong?It just shows how much in denial they are. Give credit where its due whether its your personal choice or not but dont be blinded by blue mentality.When the bulls took the SR cup,no doubt they played the best dominant rugby and deserved it whether it was my personal choice or not,they played winning rugby,period!But they are past their due date as well as their players,should start over and build again.Until that time be big enough to admit and give credit to other unions and other players. How would you have felt if it was your son whos playing his heart out and the best in his position but some bull player whos running on his name of more than 3years ago but gets the position because of personal relationship with the coach.You would not be very happy greame!! Personally i have a productive business containing of 3branches in south africa and a productive stock farm in northern cape.So i believe business wise its going very well and my thinking are reaping the fruits.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-27 11:35

      Henry you sound thick as bricks china, don't come lie about your achievements here what's your real name? Is it liar?

      henrymatthews4 - 2012-07-27 15:53

      I dont need to lie tom,thats why i can put my real name here,got nothing to hide unlike so many of you. Some of us do achieve things in life and dont come on sites like this to make themselve worthy

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-27 17:42

      And yet others brag about their empty achievements on stormers24

  • LeonTheShark - 2012-07-26 20:28

    Sharks smaak snoek

      Billy - 2012-07-27 01:32


  • wesley.g.mercer - 2012-07-26 22:31

    Come boys eat those Stormer pansies

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-27 00:53

      @wesley. The pansies exited the S15 last week, remember. The Pink Pansies lost to the Crusaders.

  • steveroodt - 2012-07-27 02:37

    Damn not Saturday yet Go Sharks

  • wesley.j.lane - 2012-07-27 02:46

    Better idea....just put the whole sharks scrum in the boks mix!! Already have front row and flanks. Get ready for a shark attack! Sharks 4 Eva!

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-27 05:50

      What's with these Sharks "slogans". Sharks 4 eva. Get ready for a Shark attack. Black, white, dynamite. I have an idea, why not get the whole team in a recording studio, let them all "sing" these slogans and you can make a CD out of it. I'm sure it will reach the Huisgenoot Top 10.

      hans.himmler.7 - 2012-07-28 07:36

      Chirssy Boy, Advise from the Fuhrer is to find a playstation in the outback and spend some quality time with old Sheila. Now it's important to find this sheep tied to a tree with shade, as it will allow for the UV protection, and a safe and pleasant Waltzing of Matilda...mee-eee. Now that, mate, would make the Huisgenoot Top 10. BLACK . WHITE . DYNAMITE

  • harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-07-28 17:57


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