17 Jul 2006
Schalk Brits will miss at least two months of rugby, ruling him out of the Absa Currie Cup.
At least Jake White won’t have to contend with the Brits issue in the next two months because he is another player who could add huge value to the Bok set-up. It now becomes hypothetical as Brits is not available.
“I’ve just spoken to the doctor now, and he told me that I will be out for between two and four months,” a morose Brits told keo.co.za on Monday morning.
“I’ve torn my NCL and my ACL,” he explained. “The good news is that my knee is still stable.”
Brits remains positive and sees the irony in the whole situation. Vodacom Western Province coach Kobus van der Merwe took a gamble when he played Brits with a dodgy knee that has ailed the player for a couple of seasons now, but it was the other ‘good’ knee that was injured at Newlands on Saturday.
“I suppose the time off will give me an opportunity to work on a few things, not just physically but mentally as well. Coming back from injuries like these usually makes you stronger in this respect.
“Obviously I’m disappointed that I can’t play, but I still want to be involved with the squad. There is an unbelievable spirit in the side at the moment, not just because we are winning but because we have a great trust in one another.”
Good news for Province is that frontline locks Ross Skeate, Selborne Boome and Andries Bekker are fit and should be available for selection for this weekend’s match against the Valke. Hanyani Shimange is another player who comes into the squad.
“I have every confidence that Shimmy and H (Huia Edmonds) will do the job for Province this season,” Brits said. “H did very well against the Vodacom Cheetahs, who have the best line-out in the competition.”
Joe Pietersen, who was concussed against the Cheetahs, will miss this weekend’s match.