Carstens: Kees good for Sharks

Sharks loosehead prop Deon Carstens has welcomed the addition of former Bulls strongman Kees Lensing to the Sharks team.

Despite the fact that Lensing and Carstens will both be competing for the No 1 jersey in this year’s Currie Cup, the incumbent says it has been a great move. He is, however, determined to stay and fight for his place and make the SA record signing earn his place in the starting line-up.

Carstens has played in all but two of the Sharks Vodacom Super 14 matches this year and is pleased with his own form heading into what could be a crunch match against the Western Force in Durban on Saturday. “It’s been good this year and it has helped having guys like John (Smit) and Ackers in the pack. They add so much,” the 27-year-old front-rower told keo.co.za.

He believes the controversial signing will make the Sharks a stronger outfit in the long run and will help with their dream of winning some silverware soon.

“It’s only been myself and BJ (Botha) in the squad so far and Heinke (van der Merwe) has been on loan, so we really needed another prop,” Carstens.

“It would be childish of me to throw my toys. It actually spurs me on to play better. Not that I’ve been complacent, but with him arriving it’s certainly taken care of any complacency on my part.”

The Sharks pack have already shown they can compete with the best in the business and a bit of healthy rivalry could be just the tonic needed to take them to the next level.

“Kees will definitely add a huge dimension to our play and we need players like him if we want to win trophies. And that’s the bottom line,” he said.

By Andrew Hollely