Injuries always form part of Super Rugby, here is the major injury concerns for the teams this week.
Bulls Jenkinson to return from New Zealand due to injury
Vodacom Bulls prop John-Roy Jenkinson suffered a hamstring injury in his Vodacom Super Rugby debut against the Blues in Albany on Saturday and will return home for further treatment, the Blue Bulls Company confirmed on Monday.
Jenkinson came on as a replacement in the second half of the match in Albany, but suffered a grade two hamstring tear. This rules him out of the remainder of the tour, which includes matches against the Chiefs and Sunwolves respectively.
Conraad van Vuuren will be flying to New Zealand to join the squad in place of Jenkinson.
A call on the fitness of Hanro Liebenberg will also be made early in the week, according to Vodacom Bulls team doctor, Dr. Herman Rossouw.
“Hanro injured a pectoral muscle and we need to see how it is responding to treatment in the next day or two before we can make a call on his continued involvement on the tour,” Rossouw said.
DHL Stormers injury update
There were four new injuries sustained by the DHL Stormers in their 44-31 Vodacom Super Rugby victory against the Sunwolves in Singapore.
Flank Rynhardt Elstadt has had scans which confirmed a full Syndesmosis ankle tear and will undergo surgery which will rule him out for three months.
Wing Seabelo Senatla has an extensive midfoot sprain including a fracture, which means that he will be sidelined for four to six weeks.
Prop Wilco Louw suffered an injury to his sternum and is expected to return to training next week whilst lock JD Schickerling will also be out of action this week as he recovers from concussion.
There was some good news on the injury front for the DHL Stormers with outside back Cheslin Kolbe (ankle) and scrumhalf Jano Vermaak (calf) both fully recovered from their respective injuries and available for selection against the Toyota Cheetahs at DHL
Newlands on Saturday.
Southern Kings injury report
The Southern Kings are pleased not report any new injuries following a bruising Vodacom Super Rugby encounter with the Emirates Lions last weekend.
With the exception of the usual bumps and bruises that follow tough Vodacom Super Rugby matches, Southern Kings team doctor, Konrad von Hagen, confirmed that the team would enjoy their first bye week of the season without any new injury concerns.
“We are happy not to have sustained any injuries from the weekend’s match against the Emirates Lions,” Dr Von Hagen confirmed on Monday.
“There are some minor post-match niggles, like any other week, but we are pleased with the fact that we have no new major injuries. There is also the added bonus of a bye this week which will allow the players’ bodies enough time for recovery ahead of the tour to Australia.
“We can also confirm that all the players, with the exception of those on the long-term injury list, will be available for selection for the Australian tour.”
The Southern Kings depart for Australia on Saturday, where they will tour for three weeks with fixtures against Western Force (April 9), Queensland Reds (April 15) and Waratahs (April 21), before they return home to face the Melbourne Rebels at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on April 28.
Last week prop, Schalk Ferreira, underwent a successful operation on his torn biceps that was injured against the Sharks in Durban a fortnight ago.
The Southern Kings captain has been ruled out of action for 12 to 16 weeks, and joins the long-term injury list which includes flanker CJ Velleman (knee), who is expected back in action next month, lock Cameron Lindsay (knee) and scrumhalf Rudi van Rooyen (ankle) – both of whom are expected to make full recoveries in the next two months.
Makazole Mapimpi, who was a late withdrawal from the match against the Emirates Lions last weekend due to a thigh injury, has been given an all-clear and will be available for selection for the tour to Australia.