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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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 29 September 2017
Sharks v Golden Lions 17h00 Durban
Worcester Warriors v Saracens 18h35 Sixways
Newcastle Falcons v London Irish 18h35 Kingston Park
Sale Sharks v Gloucester 19h00 AJ Bell Stadium
Leinster v Edinburgh 19h35 RDS Arena
Glasgow Warriors v Treviso 19h35 Scotstoun Stadium
Scarlets v Connacht 19h35 Parc y Scarlets
Sat, 30 September 2017
Griquas v Free State Cheetahs 12h00 Kimberley
Leicester Tigers v Exeter Chiefs 13h00 Welford Road
Munster v Cardiff Blues 13h30 Thomond Park
Cheetahs v Ospreys 14h00 Bloemfontein
Northampton Saints v Harlequins 14h00 Franklin's Gardens
Wasps v Bath 14h00 Ricoh Arena
Zebre v Ulster 14h35 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
South Africa v Australia 15h05 Bloemfontein
Dragons v Kings 18h35 Rodney Parade
Sun, 01 October 2017
Argentina v New Zealand 22h30 Estadio Jose Amalfitani
Blue Bulls v Western Province 12h30 Loftus Versfeld
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Team P W D L Pts
Sharks 10 9 0 1 43
Free State Cheetahs 9 6 0 3 30
Western Province 9 5 0 4 27
Golden Lions 9 4 0 5 25
Pumas 10 4 0 6 24
Blue Bulls 9 3 0 6 20
Griquas 10 2 0 8 16