New hope for Wilton

Cheetahs and Springbok Sevens star Wilton Pietersen is on the mend but his rugby career still hangs in the balance.

Pietersen was involved in a serious car accident three weeks ago and sustained serious head injuries that ruled him out of rugby for the rest of the season. In an interview with keo.co.za after the accident, Cheetahs assistant coach Hawies Fourie said the situation was serious as the former SA U20 fullback was battling to talk and recognise visitors. Fourie said Pietersen would be lucky if he ever played rugby again.

The latest is that Pietersen has been transferred out of intensive care and is making great progress. Fourie told this website there is no lasting damage and Pietersen will be able to lead a normal life.

‘It’s great news if you consider how he was awhile ago. For the moment it’s important that he gets better. Whether he can play rugby again is a decision that will only be made at the end of the year.’

Pietersen made his Absa Currie Cup debut last year and would have featured for the Super 14 side if not for a knee injury. His unavailability will stretch the Cheetahs who are already short on fullback options.

By Jon Cardinelli