Liebenberg's season over?

Mon, 16 Sep 2013 15:52
Large tiaan liebenberg wp Large wp charge630 Large garyvanaswegenprovinceplace kick Large mthetheleli fuzani3

Western Province's Springbok hooker Tiaan Liebenberg could be out of action for the rest of the Currie Cup season.

Western Province's Springbok hooker Tiaan Liebenberg could be out of action for the rest of the Currie Cup season.

Although he announced last Wednesday the five-times capped Bok, who was battling with back spasms, could be out for two or three weeks, WP coach Allister Coetzee said in Cape Town on Monday that latest scans show that Liebenberg may have suffered spinal disc damage.

"More tests will be done this week," said Coetzee.

"Usually with that kind of injury, the player needs a complete break from the game and I think he'll be sidelined for two or three months."

The loss of Liebenberg comes hard on the heels of Michael Rhodes' likely suspension, after he was red-carded in the first half of the 29-18 win over the Blue Bulls at Loftus Versfeld at the weekend.

Rhodes will appear before a South African Rugby Union judicial committee on Tuesday, September 17, in Cape Town.

Despite playing most of the match with 14-players, WP produced their best performance of the season and are still unbeaten.

"Our second-half performances this season have been a concern but against the Bulls we were far more clinical in the second half," said Coetzee.

"We've cut down on errors and that helped us a great deal, especially since we played with a man short.

"There has been a big improvement in our decision-making, especially in terms of the way we exited the Bulls' half, and we the result was that they opted to attack from positions deep inside their own half."

Captain Deon Fourie, who was cleared of foul play after he was cited a week ago, is still nursing a rib injury and will not be considered for selection against Griquas, who travel to Cape Town this week to play WP at Newlands, on Friday.

"I'm not sure how long Deon will still be out but he won't be available to play against Griquas," said Coetzee.

The only other injury concern is flyhalf Gary van Aswegen, who went for a scan on his knee on Monday.

“We’ll wait for the results of the scan and take it from there. Fortunately we are in a position where if Gary is ruled out, we have a player like Demetri [Catrakilis] who can come into the mix,” said Coetzee.

Coetzee added that Methetheleli Fuzani, who made his Currie Cup debut at lock, is 100 perfect and was not replaced due to injury. He said it had been premeditated to replace the 22-year-old, affectionately known as Tazz, before half-time.    

“It was always the plan to take Tazz off after between 30 to 40 minutes. He just happened to get a knock to the thigh [before the change]. For a big guy to play at that intensity at altitude is difficult and he hasn’t played at that level before.

“We planned that and I think Tazz will play longer this week. I’m very pleased with his debut - he had a certain role to play and he did that, and he made some huge tackles.”

Coetzee said his team need to consolidate what they have been doing well to stay on the winning track.

"We're not thinking about going through this competition unbeaten but rather thinking about winning the next match," said Coetzee.

"We need to consolidate the things that are working are working well for us. We are scrumming well, even when we we're a man short against the Bulls.

"Our line-outs are not as good as they should be and that's just one of many other areas where we need to up our game."

SAPA

Kings vs Jaguares
sast: 17h15 | local: 17h15

  • 12 | 16
LIVE
Scotland vs Wales
sast: 16h25 | local: 14h25

  • 19 | 13
LIVE
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sat, 25 February 2017
Saracens v Sale Sharks 12h45 Allianz Park
Exeter Chiefs v Newcastle Falcons 13h00 Sandy Park
Northampton Saints v Worcester Warriors 13h00 Franklin's Gardens
Ireland v France 16h50 Aviva Stadium
Stormers v Bulls 17h30 Cape Town
Sun, 26 February 2017
Bristol v Bath 11h00 Ashton Gate
Wasps v Gloucester 12h30 Ricoh Arena
Treviso v Connacht 12h30 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Zebre v Ulster 12h30 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Ospreys v Glasgow Warriors 13h05 Liberty Stadium
England v Italy 15h00 Twickenham Stadium
Mon, 27 February 2017
UCT-Ikeys v Maties 14h45 Cape Town
UWC v TUT 16h30 Cape Town
UP-Tuks v Wits 16h30 Pretoria
CPUT v UKZN-Impi 16h30 Cape Town
CUT-Ixias v UJ 16h30 Bloemfontein
Rhodes v Fort Hare 16h30 Grahamstown
Shimlas v NWU-Pukke 17h00 Bloemfontein
Thu, 02 March 2017
Force v Reds 10h30 Perth
Fri, 03 March 2017
Chiefs v Blues 06h35 Hamilton
Ulster v Treviso 19h35 Kingspan Stadium
Edinburgh v Ospreys 19h35 Myreside
Connacht v Zebre 19h35 Ascoli Piceno
Sale Sharks v Northampton Saints 20h15 AJ Bell Stadium
Sat, 04 March 2017
Hurricanes v Rebels 04h15 Wellington
Highlanders v Crusaders 06h45 Dunedin
Brumbies v Sharks 08h45 Canberra
Sunwolves v Kings 10h55 Singapore
Lions v Waratahs 13h05 Johannesburg
RESULT SCORE
Sat, 25 February 2017
Cheetahs v Lions 25 | 28
Waratahs v Force 19 | 13
Crusaders v Brumbies 17 | 13
Sunwolves v Hurricanes 17 | 83
Fri, 24 February 2017
Munster v Scarlets 21 | 30
Dragons v Leinster 22 | 54
Edinburgh v Cardiff Blues 17 | 18
Harlequins v Leicester Tigers 18 | 27
Reds v Sharks 28 | 26
Highlanders v Chiefs 15 | 24
Thu, 23 February 2017
Rebels v Blues 18 | 56
Tue, 21 February 2017
CUT-Ixias v Shimlas 13 | 22
Mon, 20 February 2017
UJ v UP-Tuks 18 | 11
Maties v NMMU-Madibaz 35 | 16
UKZN-Impi v Fort Hare 16 | 10
CURRIE CUP
MORE LOGS
Team P W D L Pts
Free State Cheetahs 8 8 0 0 39
Blue Bulls 8 6 0 2 30
Western Province 8 5 0 3 27
Golden Lions 8 5 0 3 26
Sharks 8 5 0 3 25
Griquas 8 4 0 4 21
Boland 8 2 0 6 11
Pumas 8 1 0 7 10
EP Kings 8 0 0 8 1