Quick-fix Freddie to make a cameo

2008-07-09 00:00

DURBAN – French import Frederic Michalak has made a remarkable recovery from his knee injury sustained in the Super 14 to the extent that two months later he is ready for action.

The Sharks host the Valke at the Absa Stadium in Durban tomorrow night and must win to keep abreast — and even ahead — of the title contenders.

Thus, the return of Michalak comes at a welcome time when question-marks remain over the fitness of Bradley Barritt who has been pencilled in alongside Andries Strauss.

The Frenchman, obviously short of match fitness, is expected to come on for about 20 minutes of the game.

With Rory Kockott still out with an ankle injury, but expected back next week, Monty Dumond will take on the kicking duties against the Valke.

College Rovers’ wings Chris Jordaan and Wesley Bodmer have both been given an opportunity, with Jordaan looking to continue the impressive form he showed last week against the Bulls and Bodmer hoping to reinforce his claim for future inclusion ahead of Henno Mentz.

With Steven Sykes still out with an ankle injury, Albert van den Berg gets another start, this match marking a half-century of Absa Currie Cup games for the Province. In the final change to the starting line-up, prop Deon Carstens will not be ready and he makes way for Jannie du Plessis.

Coach John Plumtree has warned that there can be no complacency against a team that is commonly referred to as one of the smaller unions.

Team

Sharks: 15 Stefan Terblanche, 14 Chris Jordaan, 13 Waylon Murray, 12 Bradley Barritt/Andries Strauss, 11 Wesley Bodmer, 10 Monty Dumond, 9 Scott Mathie, 8 Keegan Daniel, 7 Nic Strauss, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Johann Muller (capt), 4 Albert van den Berg, 3 BJ Botha, 2 Skipper Badenhorst, 1 Jannie du Plessis

Replacements: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Robbie Harris, 18 Nikolai Blignaut, 19 Skholiwe Ndlovu, 20 Charl McLeod, 21 Andries Strauss/Riaan Swanepoel, 22 Frederic Michalak

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