Latham’s knee better than feared

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Super 14 on 8 Apr 2008 at 16:28
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Wallabies fullback Chris Latham is hopeful of playing two more games for his beloved Queensland Reds after scans cleared him of major knee damage.

Latham was initially expected to be out for up to six weeks when he limped off in last round’s Super 14 loss to the Cheetahs, leaving him a touch-and-go prospect to play in the final round clash against NSW on May 17, according to

However, Latham said he had pencilled in a return against the Crusaders on May 10, Queensland’s second-last Super 14 clash.

Reds coach Phil Mooney said scans confirmed a grade two medial ligament injury, with no damage to the anterior cruciate ligament on Latham’s right knee.

“A grade two medial is normally a four to six week injury but Latho is adamant he will be right to play against the Crusaders and against the Waratahs the week after that – that’s his goal,” Mooney said.

Latham said he was desperate to play at least two games for Queensland in his final Super 14 season.

He leaves Australia and links with English club Worcester after the 2008 Super 14 season.

“I always like to test myself against the best and the Crusaders are the best – so that’s the game I’m aiming for,” Latham said.

Latham recovered ahead of schedule last season from a knee reconstruction and is known as a quick healer.

Meanwhile, Mooney said Reds captain Sam Cordingley was likely to miss the Reds’ next match against the Western Force at Suncorp Stadium on April 18.

“We’ll just monitor Sam’s calf injury over the next week or so but I doubt he’ll be ready for the Force match,” he said.

“One consolation is that Benny Lucas has been playing some great footy at scrumhalf so this will be another opportunity for him to step up.

“He just gets better with every game.”


  • Morning All,

    Seems like Cheeky Watson had his Cheeks slapped and he was removed by Hoskins, maybe things are looking up for Sa Rugby.

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.04.08 07:23:09 by barend Reply
  • Stephen Nell, Die Burger

    Cape Town – A new power struggle is smouldering in South African rugby after Cheeky Watson was relieved of his position on the SA Rugby Union’s presidents’ council.

    Freddie Makoki, deputy president of the Eastern Province Rugby Union, said on Tuesday the matter would be discussed next week.

    “I have spoken to Cheeky and he mentioned that he had received an e-mail from (Saru president) Oregan Hoskins,” Makoki said.

    Watson was apparently informed in the e-mail that his services were no longer required.

    Eastern Province would discuss the matter next Thursday, Makoki said.

    “The agreement between EP, their task team and Saru was that Cheeky would serve in the presidents’ council until November, when EP will hold elections.

    “We’ll have to see what the Saru constitution says about it.”

  • Comment 2, posted at 09.04.08 07:25:34 by barend Reply
  • Hi barend.

    It seems like Hoskins is getting rid of all Stofile’s buddies.

    First Yeye and now Watson.

    I am really not surprised at all. 🙄

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.04.08 07:36:32 by wpw Reply
  • Beast brimming with confidence
    Tue, 08 Apr 2008 16:27

    Happy campers: Beast, Pietersen and Barritt

    Tendai Mtawarira, affectionately known as the ‘Beast’ amongst Sharks supporters has become somewhat of a cult hero in Durban, but the 115kg prop prefers to do his talking on the rugby field.

    The Sharks front row has a fearsome reputation in the Super 14. With the likes of Bismarck du Plessis, his brother Jannie, BJ Botha and the Beast, it’s no wonder they are one of the strongest front rows in the competition.

    The Zimbabwean born Mtawarira began his rugby career as a loose forward, which is evident in his mobility and pace around the park.

    His workrate is out of the top drawer for a tight forward, but according to the man himself, he still has plenty of work to do.

    “I’m happy with my own form at the moment,” the Beast told in an exclusive interview.

    “As far as scrumming is concerned, I’m still learning a lot.

    “I also want to improve my workrate,” added the likeable Mtawarira.

    The Sharks began their arduous five-match tour with a controversial 13-all draw against the Hurricanes on Saturday.

    Although they got two points from the clash, it was a game they felt they should have won.

    “It was tough game,” said Mtawarira.

    “We were disappointed, but we have put the result behind us.

    “Although we didn’t want to start the tour that way, we have to move on,” added Mtawarira.

    A draw is not a train smash for the Durban-based franchise, who are still sitting pretty at second in the standings.

    Mtawarira said that the Sharks were not mulling over what could have been last weekend, instead shifting their focus to Friday’s must-win clash with the Highlanders in Dunedin.

    The Highlanders are currently 12th on the Super 14 standings, with only one win to their name, but the Beast said that they are not taking them likely.

    “We are focused and looking forward to the Highlanders game,” a confident sounding Mtawarira said.

    “The Hurricanes match is thing of the past,” he added.

    The Sharks have been unlucky with the weather this season, with all three of their away games being played in the rain. Add to that the extreme heat and humidity that faced them in Durban and you get the feeling that Mother Nature is not a Sharks fan.

    But the Beast wasn’t too concerned about the bad weather that they have faced, saying that they needed to play in all conditions if they wanted to win the Super 14 in 2008.

    “We can’t change the weather,” he said bluntly.

    “If it rains we just have to adapt, but hopefully it will be dry on Friday,” he added.

    The Beast was full of praise for the 12th-placed Highlanders, who got their first win of the campaign against the Lions last weekend.

    “They [Highlanders] are good finishers and they have some quality forwards,” said Mtawarira.

    “We’re definitely not underestimating them.

    “Its’ going to be a big clash.

    “We’re training hard this week as it’s a very important week for us,” added the mobile prop forward.

    Talking of a possible home semifinal, Mtawarira said it was premature to start thinking that far ahead.

    According to him the Sharks were focusing on each game as it comes, with the primary focus being on beating the Highlanders this weekend.

    “We are taking it game by game,” he said.

    “That’s the one thing that we have learnt over the past two years.

    “For now we are just concentrating on the Highlanders.

    We can’t afford to look too far ahead,” he added.

    The great debate about the Sharks lack of tries was not bothering the Beast in the least.

    He alluded to the fact that the Sharks didn’t score a lot of tries last year, and came within one minute of winning thew Super 14.

    “Our defence is our strong point,” he said.

    “We haven’t hit our straps yet as far has our attack is concerned, but we are working on sharpening up our attack,” he added.

    The inevitable question arose as to whether the Beast was thinking ahead to representing the Boks in the international season.

    He maintained that he was “concentrating 100 percent on the Sharks campaign” but a Bok callup would be a “dream come true.”

    Mtawarira has adored himself to the Durban faithful, so much so that whenever he touches the ball, a cry of ‘Beeeeeast’ rings out over the Absa Stadium.

    “The Sharks fans are the best,” said the Beast.

    “It gives me the firepower to perform whenever I hear them scream my name.

    “It’s very humbling to have so many people shout your name,” he went on to say.

    The Beast will be hoping that the Highlanders have nightmares about him after he is finished with them on Friday.

    By Steve Farrell

  • Comment 4, posted at 09.04.08 07:38:23 by barend Reply

  • morning WPW

    he has to clean house, all the backstabbers and cronies must go or he will suffer again

    but what is rugby without politics

  • Comment 5, posted at 09.04.08 07:43:10 by barend Reply

  • Wie’s Freddie Makoki?

    Toe maar, makoki saki.

  • Comment 6, posted at 09.04.08 08:40:03 by Cru-El Reply

  • Who cares about Latham’s knee…? 🙄

    Go Beeeaaast!!!

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.04.08 08:52:20 by blackshark Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!

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