MJEKEVU RETURNS FROM INJURY
The Southern Kings are pleased not to have sustained any serious injuries during their pre-season preparations in the build-up to the opening game of the Vodacom Super Rugby competition.
Following two successful pre-season friendly matches against SWD Eagles, which the Southern Kings won 42-25, and a 28-10 victory over the Border Bulldogs, the team only sustained minor knocks and bruises – a good sign before the first Vodacom Super Rugby match against the Jaguares on 25 February 2017.
However, over the past week the side has seen four players sustained concussions. Lock Irne Herbst, flanker Chris Cloete and Neil Maritz sustained concussions during training, while flyhalf Pieter-Steyn de Wet sustained a concussion during the Southern Kings’ match against the SWD Eagles.
The quartet is going through the return-to-play protocol this week.
“We are fortunate not to have any new or serious injuries after our pre-season matches. Our four players who sustained concussions are making good progress as they go through the return-to-play protocol. It is extremely vital that we take the most caution and adhere to the protocol before players return to the field. At this stage we are hopeful that all the players will be available for our first Vodacom Super Rugby match against the Jaguares,” team doctor Konrad von Hagen said.
Winger Wandile Mjekevu joined the team at full training on Monday after recovering from a foot injury.
Prop Dayan van der Westhuizen, who is nursing a torn plantar fascia (foot), is making good progress in his rehabilitation.
Flanker CJ Velleman, who is recovering from a knee injury, is making good progress and remains on track for a return to action in April.