Nkosi to miss High­landers clash

The Citizen (KZN) - - Sport -

The Sharks team to take on the High­landers at Forsyth Barr Sta­dium in New Zealand’s south­ern­most Su­per Rugby city to­mor­row morn­ing is al­most ex­actly the same as last week’s vic­to­ri­ous side, bar­ring one ex­cep­tion.

Try-scor­ing wing Sbu Nkosi has a mi­nor nig­gle and will miss out, hand­ing newly-re­cruited Ma­dosh Tambwe a de­but start.

Two play­ers are also set to achieve per­sonal mile­stones in this game. Cap­tain Lukhanyo Am is set to play his 50th Su­per Rugby game for the Sharks (he al­ready has 10 other Su­per Rugby caps for the Kings) and Craig Bur­den will earn his 50th cap too, if he comes off the bench.

Head coach Sean Everitt ad­mit­ted that the win over the Bulls was im­por­tant for the team to set the tone for the sea­son, par­tic­u­larly be­fore tour­ing.

“It was a mas­sive con­fi­dence booster,” he said of the 23-15 win at Kings Park last Fri­day evening.

“It was good re­ward for the play­ers who worked ex­tra hard over the course of the pre-sea­son. They’ve been amaz­ing so it’s good that they put in a good per­for­mance. Even if there were some er­rors, both teams made them in the tough con­di­tions. So we’re happy with how things went and it was great to get onto the plane with a win.”

Given the heat and hu­mid­ity and the con­se­quent dif­fi­cult han­dling, play­ing in New Zealand rep­re­sents the per­fect op­por­tu­nity at this time of year to play ex­cit­ing rugby with­out the risk posed in Dur­ban dur­ing the month of Fe­bru­ary. “The guys are en­joy­ing the con­di­tions here in Otago,” Everitt said. – Sport24

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