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.

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Fri, 23 February 2018
Highlanders v Blues 06h35 Dunedin
Rebels v Reds 08h45 Melbourne
Munster v Glasgow Warriors 19h00 Irish Independent Park
Dragons v Edinburgh 19h30 Rodney Parade
Leinster v Kings 19h35 RDS
Scarlets v Ulster 19h35 Parc y Scarlets
France v Italy 20h00 Paris
Sat, 24 February 2018
Sunwolves v Brumbies 04h15 Tokyo
Crusaders v Chiefs 06h35 Christchurch
Waratahs v Stormers 08h45 Allianz Park
Treviso v Connacht 12h00 Stadio Monigo
Bath v Sale Sharks 12h30 Recreation Ground
Lions v Jaguares 13h05 Johannesburg
Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints 14h00 Sandy Park
Ireland v Wales 14h15 Aviva Stadium
Gloucester v Wasps 14h30 Kingsholm
Harlequins v Newcastle Falcons 15h00 Twickenham Stoop
Bulls v Hurricanes 15h15 Loftus Versfeld
Scotland v England 16h45 BT Murrayfield
Ospreys v Cheetahs 17h30 Liberty Stadium
Sun, 25 February 2018
Zebre v Cardiff Blues 13h00 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
London Irish v Worcester Warriors 13h00 Madejski Stadium
Saracens v Leicester Tigers 15h30 Allianz Park
Pool A
Team P W D L Pts
Glasgow Warriors 15 13 0 2 65
Munster 15 9 0 6 49
Cheetahs 15 8 0 7 41
Cardiff Blues 15 7 0 8 33
Connacht 15 5 0 10 28
Ospreys 15 5 0 10 26
Zebre 15 4 0 11 21
Pool B
Team P W D L Pts
Leinster 15 12 0 3 57
Scarlets 15 11 0 4 54
Edinburgh 15 10 0 5 46
Ulster 15 9 1 5 46
Treviso 15 8 0 7 38
Dragons 15 2 2 11 17
Kings 15 0 0 15 4