Kankowski returns for Sharks to face Bulls

The Sharks have named a team with two changes for this weekend’s third round Super Rugby match against the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.

In the forwards Ryan Kankowski who has just returned from Japan comes in to replace Tera Mtembu which is the only change to the pack that beat the Lions.

In the backline Andre Esterhuizen replaces Heimar Williams, in a rotational change after two games.

New Zealander Jack Wilson has been named on the replacements bench and will make his debut if he comes off the bench.

Sharks Intensity coach Paul Anthony said that he was pleased to see the step up last week and that he wants to see a similar lift week on week.

“What is ideal is that we put in a better performance against the Lions after losing to the Cheetahs. “

“We want our players to be accountable for how they perform. That game we lost, as with the Bulls against the Hurricanes, those were both literally millimetres away from victories.

“Without a doubt the players felt accountable after the Cheetahs loss. They knew that they weren’t on par, they were disappointed with themselves. “

“In one-on-ones afterwards, regarding the effort level, I didn’t have to say anything; they showed the lack of effort and were all accountable. But they all lifted their performances markedly and we’re hoping to lift it even more, game after game.”


15. SP Marais , 14. Odwa Ndungane , 13. Waylon Murray , 12. Andre Esterhuizen , 11. Lwazi Mvovo , 10. Patrick Lambie , 9. Cobus Reinach , 8. Ryan Kankowski , 7. Renaldo Bothma , 6. Marcell Coetzee , 5. Pieter-Steph du Toit , 4. Lubabalo Mtyanda , 3. Jannie du Plessis , 2. Bismarck du Plessis (C) , 1. Dale Chadwick

Replacements , 16. Kyle Cooper , 17. Thomas du Toit , 18. Lourens Adriaanse , 19. Marco Wentzel , 20. Jean Deysel , 21. Conrad Hoffmann , 22. Fred Zeilinga/Lionel Cronje , 23. Jack Wilson

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