A few snippets of injury news concerning various SA players.
Perhaps the most significant is that Bok and WP lock Andries Bekker will play no further rugby this season after requiring surgery to his back. It’s apparently a recurrence of an old injury which will finally bring down the curtain on what has been a frustrating latter part of 2010 for the huge second-rower. After a brilliant Super 14 trournament for the Stormers, Bekker has been dogged by a series of niggles – as well as off-field controversy – and perhaps an extended spell on the sidelines will be just the tonic to get him fighting fit and ready for the Super 15 and the World Cup in 2011.
Bekker unavailability raises the possibility of the Sharks needing to make do without Alistair Hargreaves for a large part of the Currie Cup campaign, since the former SA age-group skipper is highly rated and will no doubt be named as Victor Matfield’s deputy in the Tri-Nations squad to compete in the home leg.
Two Blue Bulls players will also be on the sidelines for varying periods. Prop Dean Greyling – one of their most impressive find so far this Currie Cup – will need to sit out for two weeks, having injured his neck. Flanker Deon Stegmann will be out for anything between four and six weeks as a result of a hamstring strain and while the immediate availability of Dewald Potgieter will somewhat lessen the blow, the Bulls may just find themselves a little thin at flank once the Tri-Nations squad reconvenes in two weeks’ time.Tweet