Kings' threadbare resources depleted even further

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 07:42

INJURY UPDATE: South Kings coach Deon Davids will be relieved that his team's two-week European break has finally arrived.

Having lost the bulk of his established Super Rugby squad and forced to rebuild from scratch just weeks out from the start of the Pro14, Davids is set to lose a few more players to injury.

The Kings, like the Cheetahs, will watch from the sideline for the next two weeks when Pro14 teams shift their focus to other European competitions - the Champions and Challenge Cups.

There was enough bad news for the Kings in the wake of their 3-31 Pro14 defeat against Italian outfit Benetton in Treviso at the weekend.
Team doctor Clement Plaatjies reported that he had two major concerns - wing Sibusiso Sithole and fullback Masixole Banda.

The full extent of their injuries would only be known after further examination and X-rays, which would be done once the team arrived back in South Africa.
"Sithole appears to have ruptured a patella tendon in his knee,"the doctor said.

"I will be able to confirm the extent of the injury upon further investigation once we are back in Port Elizabeth, but at this stage the diagnosis is pretty clear-cut and he may well require surgery."

Sithole injured himself whilst competing for a high ball against Benetton and was forced to leave the field as a result.
"Masixole Banda has what looks to be a rather serious injury to his shoulder," the team doctor added.

"It is either a clavicle fracture or a ruptured ACJ ligament.

"Again, I'll only be able to confirm after we've taken X-rays, but either way it will, unfortunately, keep him out of action for quite a while."

Plaatjies also reported that prop Schalk Ferreira, who spent some time in the blood bin during the game, had needed some stitches to a cut on his forehead, but was otherwise fine.
Following another tough mini-tour of Europe, the Southern Kings players can now look forward to a few weeks of recovery before their next Pro14 clash - which will be against the undefeated Glasgow Warriors in Scotland on Friday, October 27.

There are currently no matches being played
Fri, 20 October 2017
Scarlets v Bath 18h45 Parc y Scarlets
Sat, 21 October 2017
Australia v New Zealand 09h00 Brisbane
Glasgow Warriors v Leinster 12h00 Scotstoun
Sharks v Blue Bulls 12h30 Durban
Treviso v Toulon 14h15 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Western Province v Golden Lions 15h00 Cape Town
Clermont Auvergne v Northampton Saints 15h15 Stade Marcel-Michelin
Leicester Tigers v Castres 16h30 Welford Road
Munster v Racing Metro 16h30 Thomond Park
Saracens v Ospreys 18h45 Allianz Park
Sun, 22 October 2017
Montpellier v Exeter Chiefs 12h00 Altrad Stadium
La Rochelle v Ulster 14h15 Paris
Wasps v Harlequins 16h30 Ricoh Arena
Pool A
Team P W D L Pts
Glasgow Warriors 6 6 0 0 28
Munster 6 4 0 2 20
Cheetahs 6 3 0 3 16
Zebre 6 2 0 4 11
Cardiff Blues 6 2 0 4 10
Connacht 6 1 0 5 8
Ospreys 6 1 0 5 6
Pool B
Team P W D L Pts
Scarlets 6 5 0 1 25
Ulster 6 5 0 1 23
Leinster 6 5 0 1 23
Edinburgh 6 3 0 3 14
Treviso 6 3 0 3 14
Dragons 6 2 0 4 10
Kings 6 0 0 6 0