Kankowski: benched with cracked Thumb

2011-08-30 00:00

THE Sharks, mentally and physically bruised after their weekend defeat to the Lions at Ellis Park, have now lost rangy Springbok number eight Ryan Kankowski to a fractured thumb.

The injured Kankowski left the field at half-time on Saturday and was replaced by Bok flank Jean Deysel.

Sharks team doctor Edwoudt van der Linde told The Witness yesterday that Kankowski left the field early because of a sore neck.

“His neck is fine but he complained of a sore thumb, which he injured in the opening minute of the game and an X-ray has now shown it is fractured.”

Van der Linde said that Kankowski would be seeing a specialist this morning “and only then will we know further details”.

“But he will definitely be out for the Blue Bulls match in Pretoria this weekend,” Van der Linde added.

The good news is that Springbok lock Alistair Hargreaves will be ready for the Pretoria game. “He had bronchitis last week but he is fine now and trained today,” said Van der Linde.

The Sharks, desperately needing to win to stay within one win of the log-leading

Lions, face the Blue Bulls in the 5.05 pm game on Saturday. They do have cover for Kankowski with talented backrowers in Deysel, Keegan Daniel, Marcell Coetzee and Jacques Botes.

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