We are only in round 3 of this years Super Rugby competition and some teams have already suffered some serious injury concerns.
The Southern Kings will be without scrumhalf Louis Schreuder and lock Mzwanele Zito when they take on the DHL Stormers in a Vodacom Cup encounter at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday, March 11.
The duo sustained concussions in the Southern Kings’ 37-23 victory against the Sunwolves at the Singapore National Stadium last weekend.
Schreuder and Zito will therefore be unavailable for the upcoming weekend’s match as they are being given rest for their return to play recovery.
Furthermore, backup scrumhalf Rudi “Poerie” van Rooyen remained in Gauteng on the team’s return from Singapore on Monday.
Van Rooyen sustained a suspected dislocation of the ankle after replacing Schreuder on Saturday.
The scrumhalf will be seeing a specialist in Pretoria for a full assessment and diagnosis.
“Van Rooyen’s injury initially seemed a lot worse. He seems to have dislocated and then relocated his ankle. He is doing better than initially suspected. We will only know the full extent of the injury after he sees a specialist in Pretoria,” team doctor Konrad von Hagen said.
The Kings arrived safely in Port Elizabeth from Singapore on Monday afternoon.
The Vodacom Bulls have two new players on the injury list after their Vodacom Super Rugby match against the Toyota Cheetahs last Saturday. Jacques Potgieter suffered a concussion in the first half and will be out for a week, while Shuan Adendorff fractured his thumb during practice last week and will be on the sidelines for 6 weeks.
On the long term injury list, Roelof Smit, Ulrich Beyers, Ulrich van Vuuren and Duncan Matthews are all making steady progress and will be available for selection soon.
The Vodacom Bulls welcome back Arno Botha, Jannes Kirsten and Jan Serfontein to full training with all three players available for selection for next week’s home match against the Sunwolves.
Johan Ackermann has confirmed that Rohan Janse van Rensburg will not be included in the Lions squad travelling to Argentina to face the Jaguares this Saturday.
Van Rensburg’s mother passed away last week, but the Bok centre opted to play against the Waratahs, scoring a brace of tries, and dedicated his performance to her.
Ackermann said that Janse van Rensburg had suffered an injury niggle against the Waratahs, but would also be afforded time now to be with his family.
The Cheetahs are sweating over the fitness of three key forwards following Saturday’s win over the Bulls.
Lock Reniel Hugo appears to have suffered a serious knee injury, while Ox Nche and Uzair Cassiem are also feared to have sustained ligament damage that could sideline them for a few weeks.
The Cheetahs will host the Sunwolves in Bloemfontein this Saturday.