The ankle injury sustained by the Vodacom-Free State Cheetahs’ latest Springbok hero, Jongi Nokwe on Saturday, is not as serious as was initially thought.
Pieter Jordaan writes in Volksblad that while Nokwe’s injury means that he will not be considered for Saturday’s Currie Cup fixture against Western Province at Vodacom Park, he showed no obvious signs of discomfort on Monday as he supported his teammates from the sidelines during their practice session.
Nokwe said: “My ankle already feels much better than it did on Saturday. I still have some pain, but I can already walk properly. I will see the doctor again on Wednesday, because my ankle is still swollen, but it isn’t that serious and it’s actually more bruised than anything else.”
Groaned with pain
Nokwe became the first Springbok to score four tries in a Tri-Nations game on Saturday and is also the first player to score that number of tries against Australia.
The agile wing is also the first Free Stater to score four Test tries.
His first try came as early as the first half. When he went over for his fourth try in the second half, Nokwe groaned with pain in the goal area and grabbed his ankle.
Nokwe’s Cheetahs coach, Naka Drotske on Monday acknowledged that Nokwe will not be considered for the WP game, but will continue to play a part in the Cheetahs’ Currie Cup campaign.
“His chances of playing are equal, but we’ve decided not to consider him for this weekend. We want him to feel positive about his own fitness and to retain his self-confidence of the weekend’s Test against Australia.
“We can rather select him again next week,” said Drotske.
Nokwe says he got a big fright at first when he sustained the injury, as it was precisely the same injury that kept him sidelined for a few months in 2006.
Nokwe joined the Cheetahs earlier this year after also having played for the Boland Cavaliers and the Stormers.Tweet