Last year it was the Stormers who suffered from a debilitating string of injuries in the number 10 position, seeing them forced to field their fourth and fifth-choice flyhalves at stages during the Super Rugby season. The year before, the Sharks suffered a similar fate, leading to the much-ridiculed decision to bring in porky Englishman Andy Goode as cover.
In 2012, though, the South African franchises, by and large, look quite well-covered when it comes to pivot options – although the same can hardly be dais in the front row. The flyhalf curse, having done a proper job in Queensland (the Reds are now without Quade Cooper, Ben Lucas and Mark Harris, while it’s unlikely Dallan Murphy will play again at this level for a while!) has now moved on to Dunedin, with Highlanders pivot Colin Slade out for the season with a broken ankle.
Slade joins another crocked pivot, Lima Sopoaga, on the long-term casualty list, with the latter unlikely to feature again this season thanks to a shoulder injury. The Highlnders suffered further during their first loss of the season, away in Canberra. John Hardie and Nick Croswell also picked up knocks during the 26-33 defeat to Jake White’s side.Tweet