Matfield, JdV concern for Boks

Victor Matfield and Jean de Villiers sustained injuries in the Springboks’ win against Wales and are in danger of missing the next fixture against Fiji.

De Villiers went off in the first half with what appeared to be a rib injury, while Matfield hobbled off with a hamstring ailment in the second stanza. Bok coach Peter de Villiers said that he was ‘very worried about them’, intimating that the two senior Boks could be doubtful for the upcoming game against Fiji.

He refused, however, to rule them out before they’ve undergone full medical assessments. The results of these tests will be made public on Monday.

A serious injury to Matfield will upset the balance of the Bok side, as outside of Johann Muller they have no specialist No 5 in the squad of 30.

By Jon Cardinelli, in Wellington