Carr back for Province

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 14:51
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NEWS: Western Province head coach John Dobson confirmed that flank Nizaam Carr is fit and ready to take the field ahead of the Cape team's clash against the Pumas at Newlands on Saturday.

Carr has been out of action since the latter rounds of Super Rugby with a shoulder injury. The 25-year-old had to have arthroscopic surgery last month to rectify the problem.

Carr's return is good news for Province as they have been struggling with injuries in recent weeks. 

Forward Rynhardt Elstadt is another player who has been added to the growing injury list after he got concussed during his team's 32-58 defeat to the Golden Lions in Johannesburg last Saturday.

Some of the players on Province's injury list includes JD Schickerling, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Jean-luc du Plessis, Oliver Kebble, Daniel du Plessis and Huw Jones.

Meanwhile, Dobson believes they still have a good chance of making the Currie Cup Premier Division play-offs this year.

Province find themselves in sixth position on the standings after two wins and three losses. They next play the Pumas, Griquas and Boland needing maximum points from each of those games.

"I think from a group point of view we are determined to win the Currie Cup," Dobson told reporters in Bellville on Tuesday.

"I read somewhere that our Currie Cup hopes were over, but some big teams still have to play each other and they can't both win those games.

"It's still in our hands. If we get 15 points, the chances are that we are going to be in the semis. 

Province flyhalf Robert du Preez said that they are remaining positive despite their poor performance at Ellis Park in Round Six.

"We are positive although our backs are to the wall," said Du Preez. "If we go five, five and five [points from next three games] there is a 90 percent chance of us going through [to the semfinals]. 

"I don't think we need to change too much - after the hurt we had at the the weekend the boys will want to fix what we did wrong."

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