Fit-again Frans back for Sharks
- 15 Oct 2013
Frans Steyn will return to the Sharks starting XV for their Currie Cup semi-final against the Free State Cheetahs.
Steyn has not played since limping off the field during the Sharks' loss to the Highlanders in May with an injury to his lower leg. He was diagnosed with compartment syndrome (a heavy pressure build-up in a limb), which required surgery.
The 26-year-old has regained full fitness in time for one of the Sharks' biggest games of the season.
'Frans Steyn is going to start,' coach Brad Macleod-Henderson said on Tuesday. 'He's a player of exceptional quality and it's easy to bring a player like him straight into the starting line-up. He's raring to go and has been looking good in training.'
Steyn will start at No 12 in place of Heimar Williams, with Pat Lambie at 10.
In some bad news for the Sharks, tighthead prop Jannie du Plessis has a hand injury and could be replaced by Wiehahn Herbst, while loose forward Willem Alberts has again been ruled out due to a neck injury he sustained against the All Blacks at Ellis Park.
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