Daniel back for Sharks, Dixon likely to feature

2012-08-30 00:00

KEEGAN Daniel will not be all that thrilled, but Sharks coach John Plumtree will be chuffed to have the Springbok backrower back for Saturday evening’s Currie Cup game against the Free State Cheetahs at King’s Park.

Daniel and Bulls centre/wing JJ Engel­brecht — who were both on the bench for the Test against the Pumas in Mendoza last Saturday — were yesterday omitted from the 28-man squad to tour Australasia.

Daniel seems certain to be in the Sharks team to be announced today, joining up with Jacques Botes and captain Jean Deysel in an experienced backrow.

The Sharks are also waiting on the fitness of centre Meyer Bosman, while new Currie Cup signing, veteran hooker Pieter Dixon, is also likely to be included in the 22-man squad.

The Free Staters will be without their talented young flyhalf, Johan Goosen, who returned from a lengthy injury lay-off against Griquas at the weekend and has been rushed into the Bok squad.

They have also lost their talented prop, Trevor Nyakane, who is out for the rest of the season after breaking his thumb in the Cheetahs’ 29-16 win over Griquas in Kimberley.

Schalk van der Merwe will now join the front-row, but the Cheetahs are running low on props after losing WP Nel to European club rugby and Coenie Oosthuizen to injury.

“Both sides have suffered player losses, through injury and Springbok call-ups,” said Plumtree.

“But we know what this Currie Cup is all about. It’s a test of depth and it should be a really good game.

“I don’t think there is a lot between the two teams and it will come down to the side that wants it more on the weekend.”

Saturday’s match kicks off at 5.05 pm with the promising young referee Rasta Rasivhenge, who has been officiating on the IRB World Sevens circuit, taking charge.

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