Western Province have been hit hard by several injuries ahead of Saturday’s vital Currie Cup fixture against the Lions in Johannesburg.
The Cape Times reports that right wing Wylie Human and outside centre Dylan des Fountain pulled up during Monday’s practice session in Bellville with hamstring and buttock injuries respectively, while left wing Joe Pietersen was not in attendance at all as he has a chest infection.
Another player who is out due to injury is Hanyani Shimange, who suffered a rather unfortunate injury.
The former Bok hooker was released to club duty for some much-needed game time last week, but then he suffered an eye injury.
WP coach Allister Coetzee said on Monday that Shimange would be out of rugby for eight weeks. “Shimmy went to Villagers training last week and got an elbow to his eye,” he said.
“He has undergone an operation already for a fractured eye socket. So Shimmy will be out for the next eight weeks.
“Shimmy was in good shape again and he started getting used to the calls with us. I sent him to Villagers to get some game time, and he went for one session and then this happened to him.”
Coetzee appeared to be less concerned about Human, Des Fountain and Pietersen’s injuries. “It’s slight niggles, hey. Wylie is going for a scan, but Dylan just has a bit of stiffness in his buttocks. It is not the old hamstring. It is just precautionary with Dylan. Wylie has a tight hammy,” he said.
But Human and Des Fountain looked to be in some discomfort when they came off the field. Human applied an ice pack to his left hamstring, while Des Fountain was doing stretching exercises, but had difficulty walking afterwards.
There was some good news for Coetzee, though, as Springbok wing Tonderai Chavhanga returned to training after missing the Boland match due to concussion.
Promising scrumhalf Conrad Hoffmann is also back after finally recovering from his groin problem.
“Tondie has been cleared and will be considered for the Lions game. He can take full contact,” said Coetzee.
“Obviously you have to cover all your bases. What I have done is practice with groups of players including the Boks and without the Boks. We are waiting to see who will be called up to the Bok squad. That’s why a guy like Conrad Hoffmann is covering there.”
Veteran utility forward AJ Venter also sat out training, but Coetzee said that he was not injured. “Like I said in the beginning, we will manage certain players,” he said.
“AJ is just doing a bit of recovery. He did participate in this morning’s session. That’s where we saw that we need to pull him from the afternoon practice,” he said.Tweet