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Jerry Collins heads home injured

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Super 14 on 22 Apr 2008 at 07:07
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Jerry Collins is on his way home from South Africa with bruised ribs, leaving the Hurricanes with just three specialist loose forwards to face the Cheetahs in Kimberley on Sunday.

Toby Robson writes in The Dominion Post that Collins left the field shortly after halftime during Sunday morning’s loss to the Stormers and was last night on a flight back to New Zealand as his teammates headed to a nearby township to train.

Hurricanes manager Tony Ward said last night Collins’ ribs were not broken, but were “extremely uncomfortable” after he aggravated an injury first suffered against the Bulls in Pretoria a week earlier.

“We managed him during the week, but he took a couple of blows against the Stormers and was already pretty sore.

“He took the ball up just after halftime and took another knock to the same injury and that was it.”

Ward said the decision to send such a senior player home was not taken lightly.

“He’s a big loss because he’s in our leadership group and one of our inspirational players.

“[But] he’s not available for Kimberley, so we thought the best course of action was [for him] to go home and get right for the Lions game in two weeks’ time.

“I’ve spoken to the medical team and it’s just a badly bruised rib. It’s very painful. He couldn’t breathe just after halftime, so that tells you how bad it is.”

Sanzar rules mean the Hurricanes are unable to call on a replacement player. Teams can only fly in a player if they have two injuries in the forwards, or the player is in a specialist position such as prop, hooker or halfback.

That means the Hurricanes head into the match against the Cheetahs with only three specialist loose forwards in Rodney So’oialo, Chris Masoe and Scott Waldrom.

Lock Jason Eaton is the loose forward cover and coach Colin Cooper will have to decide whether to hand him the No 6 jersey or start two opensides in Masoe and Waldrom.

Eaton pulled out of the Stormers match after injuring his back in the captain’s run, but has reportedly recovered well and will be available to play the 13th-placed Cheetahs.

Regardless of who plays, the Hurricanes will be desperate not to let it disrupt their preparation after dropping to sixth on the Super 14 points table.

The team trained yesterday in the Langa Village, gifting a set of old Hurricanes playing strips to the local Buzzy Bee Rugby Club in a township 15 minutes from the team hotel.


  • This certainly helps the Cheetahs. let’s hope a combo of this and the Kimberly pitch is enough to give them a win.

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.04.08 07:13:19 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply
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  • Morning everybody.
    Does anybody know something about Wikus van Heerdens interest in the Sharks? Somebody mailed me this morning asking me about it but I can’t seems to find anything regarding it on the net? 👿

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.04.08 07:17:24 by Reds Reply
  • Hi Reds.

    I haven’t heard anything.

    Is the evil face because you don’t want him in Dbn or becasue you can’t find anything on the net. 😉

    Personnally I think we only need ONE additional Loosie in Dbn and if they buy one they must buy carefully.

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.04.08 07:20:25 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply
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  • Did he not play for us at age group level? His uncle was one of my favourite sharks ever

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.04.08 08:24:03 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Must have been that tackle on Aplon!

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.04.08 08:24:45 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • KSA evil face because I can’t find anything. Agree with you that we must buy carefully. 😕

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.04.08 08:51:12 by Reds Reply

  • The mans a legend

  • Comment 7, posted at 22.04.08 08:56:56 by Sauce Reply
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  • The tabloid press is reporting that BJ Botha has signed for Ulster … 🙁

  • Comment 8, posted at 22.04.08 09:08:30 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • DP

    Not JUST the tabloid press. I was actually surprised how many hits there were when I did as PJLD suggested and did a google for BJ Botha Ulster. AND how OLD some of those articles are. 😯

  • Comment 9, posted at 22.04.08 09:25:39 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • Does anybody think the Cheetahs can pull this off on Saturday?

    We need the chasing pack to slow down a bit.

  • Comment 10, posted at 22.04.08 13:03:05 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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