Bok reject Hanyani Shimange is set to return to Western Province’s match 22 for Saturday’s Absa Currie Cup match against the Bulls at Loftus.
The hooker has gone from being Jake White’s most famous benchwarmer, to being ranked behind John Smit, Danie Coetzee, Chiliboy Ralepelle (all on tour) and arguably Gary Botha in the national pecking order.
Unfortunately for him, he is also seen as second-choice at WP, with Schalk Brits having secured the No 2 jersey. In fact, rumour has it that Province didn’t want Shimange to be released back to his province and were hoping he’d be included in the Tri-Nations squad.
In any event, Shimmie should replace Huia Edmonds among the substitutes fpr the Loftus game, after the Australian’s poor showing against the Sharks last Saturday. It was his wayward throw that saw WP lose a line-out at the end of the game, from which the Sharks were awarded a penalty and Danie Saaymen scored the match-winning try.
The only other confirmed change for WP is that of Juan Harris for Attie Winter. The tighthead prop tore a muscle in his chest and has been ruled out for the season.