Nkosi to miss Highlanders clash
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