Currie Cup

Mentz in semi race against time

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Sharks coach John Plumtree is set to give winger Henno Mentz every opportunity to recover ahead of the team’s Absa Currie Cup semi-final clash with the Golden Lions in Durban on Saturday.

Mentz, who strained his hamstring, will be undergoing daily fitness assessments.

However, Plumtree said the injury is not a major concern as he has adequate back-up in the Noble brothers Howard and Dusty, Odwa Ndungane and Gcobani Bobo.

“He’s our first choice on the wing, so we obviously don’t want to lose him,” Plumtree told this website.

“But you never know with these wings and their hamstrings, he could be 100 per cent in two or three days. We also have Brad [Barritt] back and that’s freed things up a bit.

“Andries [Steyn] has been playing good rugby too, so for once I’ve got a bit of a selection poser. It’s good to have the options in the backline and I’m actually enjoying having to ponder selections.”

According to the coach the players are looking forward to their clash with the Lions.

“Of course the guys are excited, it’s the semis,” he said.

“It’s what we’ve been working towards for the last few weeks. Everyone who plays in this competition wants to be in this situation and the guys just want to get out there and play.

“We know what we have to do and so we’re focused on playing well and winning.”

By Gareth Green 365 Digital

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