Kings' captain fit for Euro trip

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 10:12
Large michael willemse southern kings training 2017 800

INJURY UPDATE: Kings captain Michael Willemse will be available for their Europe trip after a minor injury scare.

The skipper suffered a minor quad contusion against the Cheetahs on Saturday and is fit for duty, confirmed the team doctor Clement Plaatjies.

Willemse returned to action after last weekend after he recovered from a long-term groin injury.  

The news does bring a silver lining to a side who has been struggling throughout the Pro14 season.

Aside from Willemse's news, Dries Van Schalkwyk (broken nose) and Martin Du Toit (stiff lower back) are likely to be available for the trip that includes fixtures against Ulster, Ospreys and Leinster.  

Players who are unlikely to make the trip for their match against Ulster on February 9, is flyhalf Oliver Zono.

The flyhalf is one of the casualties after their back-to-back defeats to the Cheetahs.

Zono injured his knee two weeks ago and will undergo an MRI scan to determine the full extent of the injury.

"He’ll be going for a scope later this week and we’ll only have more details on his condition once that’s done, "said Plaatjies.

Fullback Ntabeni Dukisa who left the field during Saturday's 24-45 defeat to Cheetahs with what appeared to be a muscle tear. However, he still required further examination but will not to be available for the tour overseas.

The same for scrumhalf Rudi Van Rooyen who will be out of action for at least two to three weeks due to an ankle injury.

In terms of long-term absentees, Justin Forwood and CJ Velleman both are recovering well, but will only be available for the fixture against Italian side Benetton in Port Elizabeth.

"Both are on track with their recovery and we hope to have them back for the home match against Benetton once we return from Europe.

"Wing Sibu Sithole is also recovering well and although he makes a return to training this week, he needs to build up strength in his leg and we don’t anticipate him featuring for the Kings again this campaign,"


Bulls vs Rebels
sast: 15h05 | local: 15h05

  • 7 | 3
Sat, 21 April 2018
Leinster v Scarlets 14h30 Dublin
Sharks v Stormers 15h15 Durban
Zebre v Ospreys 16h45 Parma
Ulster v Glasgow Warriors 17h05 Kingspan Stadium
Ulster v Glasgow Warriors 18h05 Kingspan Stadium
Sun, 22 April 2018
Brumbies v Jaguares 06h05 Canberra
Racing Metro v Munster 14h15 Paris
Fri, 27 April 2018
Gloucester v Bath 22h00 Kingsholm
Dragons v Scarlets 22h00 Rodney Parade
Edinburgh v Glasgow Warriors 22h00 Myreside
Cardiff Blues v Ospreys 22h00 Cardiff Arms Park
Connacht v Leinster 22h00 Sportsground
Munster v Ulster 22h00 Thomond Park
Worcester Warriors v Harlequins 22h00 Sixways
Wasps v Northampton Saints 22h00 Ricoh Arena
London Irish v Saracens 22h00 Madejski Stadium
Leicester Tigers v Newcastle Falcons 22h00 Welford Road
Exeter Chiefs v Sale Sharks 22h00 Sandy Park
Kings v Cheetahs 22h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Treviso v Zebre 22h00 Stadio Monigo
Hurricanes v Sunwolves 07h35 Wellington
Stormers v Rebels 13h00 Newlands
Sat, 28 April 2018
Reds v Lions 05h05 Suncorp Stadium
Blues v Jaguares 07h35 Eden Park
Brumbies v Crusaders 09h45 Canberra
Pool A
Team P W D L Pts
Glasgow Warriors 19 15 1 3 75
Munster 20 13 0 7 67
Cheetahs 20 11 0 9 58
Cardiff Blues 20 11 0 9 53
Ospreys 19 8 0 11 40
Connacht 20 6 0 14 34
Zebre 19 5 0 14 24
Pool B
Team P W D L Pts
Leinster 20 14 1 5 70
Scarlets 20 13 1 6 65
Edinburgh 20 14 0 6 64
Ulster 19 11 1 7 55
Treviso 20 11 0 9 54
Dragons 20 2 2 16 20
Kings 20 1 0 19 11