Uys hopeful for East Coast clash

Despite being knocked unconcious in Saturday’s 43-10 victory over the Pumas, Vodacom Western Province centre Corne Uys may yet play against the Sharks in Durban.

Referee Tappe Henning called the game to a halt when Uys went down as a result of clashing heads with a Pumas player, and it took the medical team some time to stretcher him to the sidelines. At a press conference held after the match, WP coach Kobus van der Merwe confirmed that Uys was feeling a bit better and was back on his feet, and had joined the other players in the changeroom for the post-match celebrations.

Unlike team-mate Joe Pietersen, who was concussed after a high-hit from Gaffie du Toit in Week four of the competition, Uys’ condition was not so bad that he had to attend hospital for observation. However, he has now been placed on a special medical programme that will determine whether it is safe for him to play this weekend.

“Corné is undergoing specific testing and clinical assessments to ensure that it is safe for him to return to rugby,” said team physician Dr Ryan Kohler on wprugby.co.za. “His injury work up will take a few days, as we wait for results.”

Should the tests prove him unfit to play against the Sharks on Friday night, it’s likely that 22-year-old utility back Sarel Potgieter will slot in at outside centre. Potgieter came on halfway though the Pumas game and played outside Uys, with De Wet Barry being tactically subbed.

“We wanted to give everyone a decent run,” said Van der Merwe, “and Sarel deserved to have a longer spell in that position. He’s been playing some very good rugby this season.”

The team to play the Sharks will be announced on Wednesday at midday.