Post weekend updates as they happen


Boks sweating over star wing

Seasoned Springbok wing JP Pietersen has a mild groin strain and is doubtful for South Africa’s final tour match, against England at Twickenham on Saturday. Bok team doctor Craig Roberts said the 2007 World Cup winner and 2012 SA Players’ Player of the Year will be “medically managed” this week, after he sat out training on Monday.

Bok lock cited for ‘eye-gouging’

South Africa lock Eben Etzebeth has been cited for making contact with the “eye or eye area” of Scotland flyhalf Greig Laidlaw, the International Rugby Board announced Monday. The alleged incident occurred 14 minutes into the second half of the Springboks’ 21-10 victory over Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday. He was cited by Alan Mansell of England. Etzebeth, 21, will appear before an IRB disciplinary hearing on Tuesday and if found guilty faces a lengthy ban – which could include the Springboks’ Test against England at Twickenham this coming Saturday.

Cooper walk-out rocks Wallabies

Controversial Wallaby flyhalf Quade Cooper has reportedly dropped a major bomb by walking out on Australian rugby. According to Channel Nine news the injured No.10 has turned his back on the Australian Rugby Union and the Wallabies and will look to continue his career overseas or switch to Rugby League. Cooper has a Super Rugby contract with Queensland, but according to the Channel Nine report that agreement is contingent upon a contract with the game’s governing body.

Marler set to miss Bok clash

England prop Joe Marler is set to miss Saturday’s Test against the Springboks after suffering a knee injury in last weekend’s loss to Australia. The Harlequins loosehead sustained a grade one medial collateral ligament tear during England’s 20-14 home defeat and is expected to be replaced by Alex Corbisiero. Coach Stuart Lancaster hinted that the injury-enforced change won’t be the only alteration to the team for the important match against South Africa. “We will potentially freshen things up with one or two changes. We have players on the return – Alex played 75 minutes yesterday and Jonathan Joseph played,” Lancaster said. Source

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  1. Losing JPP will be huge with Habs out too and England’s wings looking fairly settled.

    Positives from last weekend was that Hougaard’s positional player was better… and is defensive game has improved, stopping the big Scottish forwards and attempting to turnover ball straight after…

  2. And of course losing Etsebeth would be HUGE!

    Damn English match official… I couldn’t see anything malicious at 14 mins other than Eben pulling a scrum cap…

  3. That was a joke, JP will be missed, his defence especially.

    Just leaves a sour taste in the mouth that Eben would be cited by an English official before a Bok / England test.

  4. Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 8:00 am:

    Have to agree, looking at that keep your eyes on Eben’s head, you can see Eben is not looking at the player’s face when the initial contact is made, when he does look down and sees his hand is on the face he moves his hand.

    Again, just funny that an English official will point this out.

  5. Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 10:38 am:

    “this is why I’m not a fan of the ‘enforcer’ lock pigeon-holing”.

    Amen to that! Eben has stated that he does not want to be compared to Bakkies and I wish certain sections of the media and fanbase would stop doing that and casting him in “enforcer” role.

    Anyway with the physicality we have in the Bok team: Alberts, Vermeulen, Louw, du Plessis brothers, why the hell do we need an “enforcer”?