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.

There are currently no matches being played
Fri, 28 October 2016
Ulster v Munster 18h05 Kingspan Stadium
Glasgow Warriors v Treviso 18h35 Scotstoun Stadium
Cardiff Blues v Scarlets 18h35 BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park
Edinburgh v Zebre 18h35 BT Murrayfield
Northampton Saints v Gloucester 18h45 Franklin's Gardens
Sat, 29 October 2016
Harlequins v Worcester Warriors 14h00 Twickenham Stoop
Saracens v Leicester Tigers 14h00 Allianz Park
Ospreys v Dragons 14h00 Liberty Stadium
Leinster v Connacht 16h15 RDS Arena
Sun, 30 October 2016
Wasps v Newcastle Falcons 14h30 Ricoh Arena
Bristol v Sale Sharks 15h00 Ashton Gate
Exeter Chiefs v Bath 15h00 Sandy Park
Team P W D L Pts
Free State Cheetahs 8 8 0 0 39
Blue Bulls 8 6 0 2 30
Western Province 8 5 0 3 27
Golden Lions 8 5 0 3 26
Sharks 8 5 0 3 25
Griquas 8 4 0 4 21
Boland 8 2 0 6 11
Pumas 8 1 0 7 10
EP Kings 8 0 0 8 1