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
Sat, 20 January 2018
Glasgow Warriors v Exeter Chiefs 13h00 Scotstoun Stadium
Montpellier v Leinster 13h00 Altrad Stadium
Cheetahs v Kings 15h00 Bloemfontein
Clermont Auvergne v Ospreys 15h15 Stade Marcel-Michelin
Saracens v Northampton Saints 15h15 Allianz Park
Scarlets v Toulon 17h30 Parc y Scarlets
Treviso v Bath 17h30 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Sun, 21 January 2018
Leicester Tigers v Racing Metro 13h00 Welford Road
Munster v Castres 13h00 Thomond Park
Wasps v Ulster 15h15 Ricoh Arena
La Rochelle v Harlequins 15h15 Stade Marcel-Deflandre
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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