Coenie: Concerned Cheetahs cautious

Wed, 09 Apr 2014 07:35
Large coenie oosthuizen cheetahs

Springbok prop Coenie Oosthuizen's ongoing neck problems will sideline him for at least another week.

Springbok prop Coenie Oosthuizen's ongoing neck problems will sideline him for at least another week.

Cheetahs assistant coach Hawies Fourie confirmed that they are taking a "conservative" approach with his rehabilitation and the 14-times capped Bok will not play against the Crusaders in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

The 25-year-old front row forward returned home early from the Cheetahs' tour of Australasia, after suffering a neck injury for the third time in the past two years.

However, the team's medical and coaching staff does not believe it is career threatening, but admitted to having some concern about the repetitive nature of the injury.

Fourie said Dan Hugo, the doctor who is looking after him, said last week Oosthuizen must wait another two weeks before he starts playing.

"He sat out last week and will miss this week's game against the Crusaders," Fourie told this website.

"He should be available when we play the Sharks [in Durban] next week [April 19]."

The Cheetahs' assistant said there was a feeling that he could have played two weeks ago, but keeping him back is more a "precaution" than any serious issues that may still be lingering.

Because it is the same neck injury as the previous two occasions when he was sidelined there is some concern.

"Any front row forward will be concerned if he struggles with a neck injury, especially Coenie - who is sidelined for the third time in the past 18 months," Fourie told this website.

"It will be something that will be in the back of his mind.

"Front row forwards are in a position where neck injuries are part of the game, but it is concerning that he's had three neck injuries of the same nature.

"However, we are confident he will make a full recovery and be fine."

The flipside is that it was not serious enough to warrant surgery or rule him out for a very long time and it was less serious that the two previous incidents.

Fourie said he is not a medical expert, but the doctor certainly hasn't indicated to the coaching staff that it will have long-term implications on his career.

But they have to accept that a front row who have constant neck injuries will have some issues later on.

The Cheetahs have no new injuries from last week's dramatic 43-all draw against the Chiefs and will go into the Round Nine encounter with the Crusaders with the same squad.

The starting 22 will be finalised on Wednesday.

By Jan de Koning

 

 

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sat, 29 July 2017
Crusaders v Chiefs 07h35 Christchurch
Golden Lions v Griquas 10h00 Johannesburg
Lions v Hurricanes 12h30 Ellis Park
Sharks v Pumas 15h00 Durban
Sun, 30 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Western Province 12h30 Bloemfontein
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 23 July 2017
Pumas v Golden Lions 43 | 36
Sat, 22 July 2017
Griquas v Blue Bulls 45 | 51
Stormers v Chiefs 11 | 17
Lions v Sharks 23 | 21
Crusaders v Highlanders 17 | 0
Fri, 21 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Sharks 47 | 12
Brumbies v Hurricanes 16 | 35
Sat, 15 July 2017
Sharks v Lions 10 | 27
Bulls v Stormers 33 | 41
Force v Waratahs 40 | 11
Hurricanes v Crusaders 31 | 22
Chiefs v Brumbies 28 | 10
Sunwolves v Blues 43 | 21
Fri, 14 July 2017
Kings v Cheetahs 20 | 21
Rebels v Jaguares 29 | 32
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 6 0 9 34
Force 15 6 0 9 26
Reds 15 4 0 11 21
Waratahs 15 4 0 11 19
Rebels 15 1 1 13 9
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 15 14 0 1 63
Hurricanes 15 12 0 3 58
Chiefs 15 12 1 2 57
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 51
Blues 15 7 1 7 37
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 0 5 43
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Bulls 15 4 0 11 20
Sunwolves 15 2 0 13 12
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 15 14 0 1 65
Sharks 15 9 1 5 42
Jaguares 15 7 0 8 33
Kings 15 6 0 9 28