Sharks coach John Plumtree has been quoted as saying that certain key members of the Sharks team will not get on the plane to tour.
Gavin Rich of SuperSport.com reports that Ryan Kankowski and JP Pietersen will not tour with the Sharks. Plumtree was quoted as saying that Kankowski is not in good form at the moment, while JP Pietersen’s injury seems more serious than first expected, not travelling with the side.
Another who is on the verge of not joining the touring party is Frans Steyn, who the coach says he is being patient with regarding his form, but that he will not start at fullback against the Cheetahs this weekend.
Plumtree was quoted as saying that he will consider Steyn off the bench, as he tries to find the magic that will propel the Sharks to victory over the Cheetahs. Steyn’s exclusion from the starting line-up could mean a return to the starting team for Riaan Viljoen, while Sean Robinson and Odwa Ndungane are set to start the match on the wings, with Sbura Sithole waiting on the bench.
As for dropping Kankowski, Lions recruit Jaco Kriel or Francois Kleinhans could see some action while Tera Mtembhu could come into the selection frame as well. Jean Deysel and Willem Alberts are both still injured and will not be considered.
By Richard Ferguson