Hanyani Shimange, imposing before being forced off with injury against the Cats, is in doubt for the weekend’s Vodacom Super 14 clash with the Waratahs at Newlands.
Shimange justified head coach Kobus van der Merwe’s faith at Ellis Park, where despite Schalk Brits’ familiarity with the opponents and conditions, he still was handed jersey 2.
For perhaps the first time in his career, Shimange can call himself first-choice hooker with some justification, and thus the leg injury he has suffered could not be more inopportune.
Should Shimange not recover, Aussie Huia Edmonds will return from the Vodacom Cup squad to take his place on the bench with Brits upgraded to start.
Edmonds, who has shown during last year’s Currie Cup that he is more than competent with solid scrumming technique and an accurate throw, is relishing the prospect of facing his former teammates.
“I would like to show them I am a good player. I won’t keep anything in reserve if I get the opportunity to play,” Edmonds told Die Burger, before stressing just how difficult it will be to beat the Sydney side.
“They’ve got a lot of talent and depth and are well coached. There’s hardly any weaknesses in their armour.
“Their forwards are perhaps not as strong as the South African packs, but they make up for that by playing intelligently and employing good technique,” Edmonds said.