Kankowski blow for Sharks

2012-02-29 07:43

Cape Town - The Sharks have received further bad news on the injury front when eightman Ryan Kankowski was ruled out for at least a month due to a broken thumb.

Kankowski is the eight Sharks player to suffer some sort of injury at the start of the Super Rugby season.

The Beeld newspaper reports that Kankowski will undergo an operation on Wednesday morning.

The Springbok's absence could force coach John Plumtree to rush Willem Alberts back into the starting line-up for Saturday's clash against the Stormers at Newlands.

Alberts was on Monday declared fit for the Stormers clash after struggling with a shoulder injury. Plumtree hinted at picking Alberts on the bench to gradually phase him back into the starting line-up, but might have no other choice now than start with his enforcer at Newlands.

Should Plumtree not want to risk starting Alberts - who last played in the Currie Cup final in October - shifting flank and captain Keegan Daniel to eightman and then using Jacques Botes at the side of the scrum could work. But a loose trio of Daniel, Botes and Marcell Coetzee might be too lightweight to give them enough momentum.

Tera Mtembu and the young ex-Bolander Pieter-Steph du Toit could also be considered, but their lack of experience at this level could prove costly.

Meanwhile, the groin injury centre Tim Whitehead picked up against the Bulls is, according to team doctor Ewoudt van der Linde, not serious enough to keep him out of the Stormers clash.

He will, however, need to pass a fitness test against on Thursday.

In further news, prop forward Steph Roberts has been drafted in on a loan-deal from Griquas. He had his first Sharks practice on Tuesday.


  • aubrey.gloster - 2012-02-29 07:55

    Sies hoe kan hulle so van hom praat

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-29 11:01

      Go Sharks!!!

  • Lionel - 2012-02-29 07:56

    Sorry to hear about this Kanko,was seriously looking forward to you and Duane having a go at each other!!! Speedy recovery!!!

      aubrey.gloster - 2012-02-29 07:57

      Lionel stop dit hoe kan jy sulke voorstelle maak

      Lionel - 2012-02-29 08:04

      As jy iets weet van rugby sal jy weet waarvan ek praat!!!!

      Shnez - 2012-02-29 08:20

      You know this is scary! Not Just for the Sharks! The Season hasn't even started yet! and there are so many INJURIES everywhere! Prepare for a New Look team sheet come July!!!!!

  • Paul - 2012-02-29 08:01

    Strongs Ryan!!

  • Bootman - 2012-02-29 08:22

    Kanko???? Should have been Can'tco

  • Keith - 2012-02-29 08:45

    Kankovski and Spies are different players then Duane. Put these two into spaces and they will be the best in their position. Duane likes the physical stuff and he is ore the enforcer type of No.8. All three are quality players without a doubt.

      Christopher - 2012-02-29 08:57

      Spies not so much! A guy I chatted to recently said that he commented to a friend after Friday's game against the Sharks (they were both at Loftus) that Spies was terrible! The friend said that he couldn't say that since Spies hadn't come off the bench. Spies was so invisible that the friend, who is a Bulls supporter, genuinely didn't know that he was on the field!! And Spies was the captain!!!

      Stormkaap - 2012-02-29 09:00

      Well that was my sentiments exactly..watched the game on telly and didnt see Spies..The Bulls should really look at other options. Making him captain was a mistake.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-29 11:00

      Kankovski and Spies are different players than Duane. Kanko and Spies finished primary school.

  • Sarge - 2012-02-29 09:00

    This isn't so bad. Kanko hasn't been in the greatest form of late, and just like Pierre Spies he was nowhere to be seen in last Fridays clash against the bulls. Maybe a blessing in disguise for the sharks. Gives a chance for the younger guys to step up a bit. Starting combo of Botes, Daniels and Coetzee with Alberts on the bench. I would also try playing Craig Burden as a loose forward if all else fails.

      Saffa - 2012-02-29 09:20

      Why not start Burden at 2, and let Bissie play flank......

      Sarge - 2012-02-29 09:44

      Not a bad idea either! Bissie should be able to fit in at flank pretty good as well.

      Jason - 2012-02-29 09:49

      Thats not such a shabby idea at all Saffa..............................stop giving them ideas! Stormers 4 life

      Saffa - 2012-02-29 09:50

      I was hoping the Boks were going to try that as an 'experiment' last year before the WC, when it became obvious Bissie would be playing from the bench. I'm not sure what the stats were for last year, but Bissie, if I remember correctly made more steals than most other so-called 'fetching' flanks combined.

  • tuckytatham - 2012-02-29 11:56

    Still battle to feel sorry for Kanko. I know I'm going to be stepping on toes but he really hasn't set the rugby world alight for a few seasons. With Alberts coming back and jacques botes playing well off the bench I think it was only going to be a matter of time before he was going to find himself on the bench.

  • Emmanuel - 2012-03-01 07:40

    Do the E.P. Kings ever lend players to one of the BIG FIVE in Africa or is it always Griquas lending players to the BIG FIVE? Thanks for the info...

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