Kankowski starts, no Steyn for Sharks

Date published: May 27 2015

Ryan Kankowski will start at number eight for the Sharks in Friday's Super Rugby clash with the Rebels in Durban.

The Sharks will feature at Kings Park for the first time since mid-April in the Australian team’s second South African Super Rugby fixture.

Springbok loose forward Kankowski makes a welcome return to action and slots in at the back of the scrum with Renaldo Bothma switching to flank as Marcell Coetzee is rested. On the other flank, Willem Alberts is subject to a late fitness test.

Mouritz Botha replaces injured Stephan Lewies in the second row.

Andre Esterhuizen replaces the injured Frans Steyn at inside centre.

The Sharks are currently 11th in Super Rugby with five wins from their 14 matches this season.

Sharks: 15 Lwazi Mvovo , 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 S’bura Sithole, 10 Lionel Cronje, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Willem Alberts / Etienne Oosthuizen , 6 Renaldo Bothma, 5 Marco Wentzel (c), 4 Mouritz Botha, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Replacements: 16 Franco Marais, 17 Matt Stevens, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Lubabalo Mtyanda, 20 Etienne Oosthuizen / Khaya Majola, 21 Conrad Hoffmann, 22 Fred Zeilinga, 23 Heimar Williams

Date: Friday, May 29
Venue: Kings Park, Durban
Kick-off: 19:10 local (03:10 AEST, 05:10 NZST, 17:10 GMT)
Referee: Jaco van Heerden
Assistant Referees: Rodney Boneparte, Ben Crouse
TMO: Marius Jonker