Double blow for Lions

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 12:49
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INJURY UPDATE: The defending champion Golden Lions were dealt a double blow ahead of the Currie Cup semifinals.

The Lions face the Free State Cheetahs in Bloemfontein next Saturday, October 15.

The other semifinal is between the Blue Bulls and Western Province in Pretoria on the same day.

The Lions will be without star prop Dylan Smith and seasoned centre Howard Mnisi.

Smith suffered an injury to his right shoulder in the 28-16 win over the Sharks at Ellis Park last Saturday.

He underwent surgery on Wednesday and is sidelined for the rest of the year.

He is expected to be available for the start of the Super Rugby season in February.

Mnisi has a grade two injury of his left knee, also suffered against the Sharks, and will be out for four to six weeks.

However, the good news is that Lourens Erasmus returned to training on Tuesday this week, following a side strain.

Springboks Francois de Klerk and Julian Redelinghuys will also become available once they have completed their obligations with the national team.

South Africa face New Zealand in the last round of the Rugby Championship in Durban on Saturday.

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Fri, 24 November 2017
Cheetahs v Edinburgh 17h30 Bloemfontein
Ulster v Treviso 19h05 Kingspan Stadium
Cardiff Blues v Connacht 19h35 Cardiff Arms Park
Leinster v Dragons 19h35 RDS Stadium
Newcastle Falcons v Gloucester 19h45 Kingston Park
Sat, 25 November 2017
Leicester Tigers v Worcester Warriors 12h45 Welford Road
Bath v Harlequins 12h45 Recreation Ground
Italy v South Africa 13h00 Rome
Scotland v Australia 14h30 Cardiff
England v Samoa 15h00 Twickenham
Wales v New Zealand 17h15 Cardiff
Sale Sharks v Northampton Saints 17h30 AJ Bell Stadium
Ireland v Argentina 17h30 Aviva Stadium
France v Japan 19h00 Paris
Sun, 26 November 2017
Ospreys v Glasgow Warriors 13h00 Liberty Stadium
Kings v Scarlets 13h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Zebre v Munster 13h30 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Saracens v Exeter Chiefs 15h00 Allianz Park
London Irish v Wasps 15h00 Madejski Stadium
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Team P W D L Pts
Sharks 12 10 0 2 47
Western Province 12 7 0 5 37
Golden Lions 12 6 0 6 35
Blue Bulls 12 5 0 7 32
Free State Cheetahs 12 6 0 6 31
Pumas 12 4 0 8 27
Griquas 12 4 0 8 26