In what is a major setback for the Springboks, it has been confirmed that star Springbok wing Bryan Habana is unlikely to take part in this Saturday’s Tri-Nations encounter against Australia after sustaining a “grade one tear of the hamstring” this past weekend.
SuperRugby reports that Habana was replaced early in the second half when the Boks lost dismally to the All Blacks this past weekend at Newlands and it was revealed on Monday at a press conference in Durban that he could be out for up to ten days.
Further tests will be carried out on Tuesday and he is sure to be given every chance to recover but his chances of being fit to face Australia are not looking good.
Bok coach Peter de Villiers conceded it was a major seback, especially considering experienced lock Bakkies Botha has already been ruled out of the remainder of the Tri-Nations.
Otherwise there are no other major injury concerns for the Boks. Hooker Bismarck du Plessis was not at training and is suffering from some “bumps and bruises” while loose-forward Danie Rossouw has undergone a lower back scan but both should be fine to play on Saturday.
Sharks star Ruan Pienaar has also joined the squad and could be drafted into the match-day 22 to provide both cover at flyhalf and scrumhalf.
Two bonus-point victories over the Wallabies in their remaining two fixtures would keep the Boks in the Tri-Nations title hunt but even if they were to achieve this, they would still have to rely on the Aussies beating the All Blacks in the final match.Tweet