Richard Levi has provided a welcome boost to the Cape Cobras ahead of their crucial encounter with the Dolphins at Kingsmead after he was given the all-clear by a neurologist. Levi suffered a mild concussion after taking a blow to the temple while fielding last weekend, but recovered swiftly and showed no ill effects during a 40-minute session of throwdowns at Newlands on Wednesday. As such he has been passed fit to play in Friday’s televised affair – a major fillip for the Cobras as they look to bounce back from a disappointing loss to the Warriors on Wednesday.
Despite that result, the Cobras remain second on the table and can seal a home play-off by beating the Dolphins, who currently trail them by two points. Having shot out of the blocks like an Olympian sprinter, winning their first four games in the competition, the Dolphins have subsequently hit a wall and find themselves crawling towards the finishing line. Despite that, they could still earn a home play-off if they beat the Cobras and have other results go their way.
Coach Lance Klusener says: ‘It has been difficult. I think we’ve been pretty hard on ourselves and taken some of the losses a bit personally. But we’re still in a position to qualify and the nice thing is that qualification is still in our own hands. We’re upbeat about that, but we’re not shying away from the fact that we need to lift our game.’
The Dolphins have added Sibonelo Makhanya to their squad for the game, which will be broadcast live on SuperSport 2.