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Big Willem’s season is over


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Lions, Original Content on 28 Aug 2008 at 09:31
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Lions number 8 Willem Alberts has paid a heavy price for the deft chip that set up the Lions’ first try against Free State last weekend. The burly loose forward went over badly on his ankle in the process and the resulting ligament damage will see him play no further rugby this season.

Injuries never come at a good time for any team, but at least for the Lions there is a ray of hope in that regular skipper Ernst Joubert is now fit to start and should slot seamlessly in for Alberts next week. The prospect of the duo playing in tandem, with Joubert shifting over to the side of the scrum, would have been a mouthwatering one for Lions fans, but that will now need to wait until next year’s Super 14. Franco van der Merwe will continue at 7 and has also been in fine form this season.

Fullback Louis Ludick also picked up an injury against the Cheetahs; he sustained a bicep injury that should keep him on the sidelines for a month. The Lions may well be forced to do without the services of Janno Vermaak as well, who appears set to face a disciplinary committee over the spear tackle which saw him yellow carded in the first half.

The Lions face the Valke away in their next outing.



9 Comments

  • I hope Big Rudi goes to visit him in hospital…

  • Comment 1, posted at 28.08.08 09:39:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • Get well soon Big Willy.

  • Comment 2, posted at 28.08.08 09:48:12 by McLovin Reply

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  • I got a message from Willem to say he will be out for 12 weeks, his ankle was operated on yesterday.

  • Comment 3, posted at 28.08.08 09:55:28 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • “Injuries never come at a good time for any team” should read “injuries never come at a good time for fantasy league players.”

  • Comment 4, posted at 28.08.08 09:57:54 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 3) : ja, also chatted to him today. Reckons he’ll think twice before kicking the ball again ;)

  • Comment 5, posted at 28.08.08 09:58:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 4) : I have Ludick :(

  • Comment 6, posted at 28.08.08 10:03:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • It was a great move and it lead to one of our tries if I recall correctly (the one by Rose). Just a pity Alberts got injured in the process.

  • Comment 7, posted at 28.08.08 10:05:45 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 7) : agree. He’s a special player and it’s a real shame he’s out. I reckon he could have made the EOYT.

  • Comment 8, posted at 28.08.08 10:07:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • bugger , get well soon big boy.

  • Comment 9, posted at 28.08.08 11:46:32 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

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