Keo.co.za brings you the news from the Currie Cup.
Blaauw out of Currie Cup
Wicus Blaauw has suffered a hamstring tear and will play no further part in WP’s campaign.
Blaauw sustained the injury in the recent win over Griquas. His injury means Province will be without two of their first-choice front-rankers, as Tiaan Liebenberg is also sidelined with an ankle problem.
JD Moller is expected to slot in at loosehead while Deon Fourie will continue at hooker when WP tackle the Blue Bulls this Saturday.
The one bit of good news is that reserve halfbacks Conrad Hoffmann and Lionel Cronje are over their respective injuries.
Bulls hit by double blow
The Bulls’ 39-26 win over the Leopards proved costly as Juandre Kruger is out of action for a month.
Kruger injured his hand on Saturday and will undergo surgery on Monday. Deon Stegmann is still struggling with a hamstring injury and is unlikely to return for this week’s clash against WP.
Meanwhile captain Gary Botha (ankle) and Dewald Potgieter (knee) are still in doubt and will undergo fitness tests on Tuesday. Wing Jaco van der Westhuyzen (knee), prop Werner Kruger (knee) and lock Fudge Mabeta (neck) have all been cleared to play.
Kings and Eagles make play-offs
The EP Kings and SWD Eagles have both secured a top-two finish in the Currie Cup First Division and will contest for places in the Premier Division at the end of the season.
With one round left, the two teams can’t be overtaken on the log. EP and the Eagles will face each other in the last round robin fixture on Saturday, which will determine first and second place.
The team that wins this weekend will face the Leopards in the two-leg promotion/relegation play-offs while the losers will face the Pumas.
Rose does it again
Earl Rose, along with brother Jody, deserted the Lions team during the Platinum International Sevens Tournament last weekend without permission.
The Lions lost against the Springbok Sevens on Saturday, where Rose struggled with form. This frustrated him and he decided to leave to Johannesburg with his brother after the match.
The Lions team had to continue with 10 players for the rest of the tournament. Action is expected to be taken against both players, whose contracts may not be extended when expired.
This incident follows Rose’s decision not to join the Leopards on loan when the offer came last month.