Blitzboks felled by injuries

12 December 2018 - 14:40 By Craig Ray
Justin Geduld of South Africa pulls away from Taylor Haugh of New Zealand in the 3rd/4th Playoff game during day 2 of the 2018 HSBC Cape Town Sevens at Cape Town Stadium on December 9 2018.
Justin Geduld of South Africa pulls away from Taylor Haugh of New Zealand in the 3rd/4th Playoff game during day 2 of the 2018 HSBC Cape Town Sevens at Cape Town Stadium on December 9 2018.
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The Blitzboks not only had their pride hurt by failing to win the Cape Town Sevens last weekend‚ but so were several players.

Justin Geduld and Muller du Plessis might miss next month’s Hamilton leg of the World Sevens Series through injuries sustained in Cape Town.

The pair have been ruled out for a minimum of six weeks‚ which leaves them in a race against time to be fit for the New Zealand leg of the series in Hamilton‚ which takes place on January 26 and 27.

Captain Philip Snyman and the abrasive Werner Kok were also nursing injuries that will leave them in discomfort over the holidays‚ but not necessarily in danger of missing Hamilton.

A scan revealed a back injury to Du Plessis‚ ruling him out for six to eight weeks‚ while Geduld underwent an operation on Tuesday to remove cartilage in his knee.

He will also not play for at least six weeks. The return to play for Springbok Sevens captain Snyman‚ has not been confirmed.

“Philip has been reviewed by a specialist and the scans showed that his injury involves the sternocostal joint (between the breastbone and the first rib)‚" said the Springbok Sevens team doctor‚ Dr Leigh Gordon.

“It is an unusual injury. We will have to see how his rehabilitation goes in January before we can make a call. Obviously we hope that he will be available for selection for the tournaments in Hamilton and Sydney‚ a week later.”

Werner Kok‚ who underwent surgery for facial fractures on Monday‚ will be fit to return to training early next year‚ Gordon said.

"Werner’s surgery went well and he will join the squad in January. He may miss the first few days of contact but is expected to be available for selection‚” said Gordon.

A number of players who missed the first two tournaments of the season due to injury will be available for the Australasian leg‚ including the Blitzboks’ top points' scorer of all time‚ Cecil Afrika‚ as well as Stedman Gans and Heino Bezuidenhout.

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