Kings suffer another flyhalf blow

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 21:33
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INJURY UPDATE: The Southern Kings have lost yet another flyhalf to injury in a tough Pro14 season.

Kurt Coleman left the field in the 34th minute of the Kings' 35-36 loss to Benetton Treviso at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium this past weekend.

The news on the No.10's injury was grim.

Team doctor Lizanne Pieterse revealed that the flyhalf and playmaker had suffered a fracture to his lower left leg.

"Kurt was operated on, on Sunday morning," Pieterse said.

"The operation was without complications and he is recovering well, but will, unfortunately, be out of action for six months."

It is not the first time this season that the injury-prone flyhalf had been sidelined, after also having suffered a knee injury in the loss to Edinburgh back in January.

Oliver Zono is the other flyhalf who had struggled with injury issues this season.

The Kings' doctor also advised that wing Anthony Volmink had not yet recovered from an injury to his left knee and would not be available for the Kings next match - against Munster at Outeniqua Park in George on Saturday, April 7.

Kings coach Deon Davids bemoaned the team's slow start in the loss to Benetton.

The Kings found themselves 0-12 down after just 10 minutes, but then hit back with converted tries by Luzuko Vulindlu and Godlen Masimla to lead 14-12.

Two more Benetton scores were answered by Ruaan Lerm going over for the Kings, before they lost Coleman to injury.

The second-half saw Benetton add a try and a penalty, whilst the Kings were awarded a penalty try and also had Berton Klaasen go over for their bonus point try.

"I'm really disappointed with the result and, with all due respect to Benetton, I think this was a game that we lost more than what they won," Davids said.

"Our concentration was poor at the start and we let them get away and thereafter we just made too many basic and fundamental errors, like kicks not finding touch for instance.

"That allowed the opposition to stay in the game.

"I also thought Kurt Coleman was playing well for us and losing him during the first half also didn’t help our cause," he added.

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Fri, 27 April 2018
Hurricanes v Sunwolves 07h35 Wellington
Stormers v Rebels 13h00 Newlands
Leicester Tigers v Newcastle Falcons 18h45 Welford Road
Sat, 28 April 2018
Reds v Lions 05h05 Suncorp Stadium
Blues v Jaguares 07h35 Eden Park
Brumbies v Crusaders 09h45 Canberra
Kings v Cheetahs 13h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Exeter Chiefs v Sale Sharks 14h00 Sandy Park
Worcester Warriors v Harlequins 14h00 Sixways
Gloucester v Bath 14h00 Kingsholm
Connacht v Leinster 14h05 Sportsground
Dragons v Scarlets 14h05 Rodney Parade
Bulls v Highlanders 15h15 Loftus Versfeld
Treviso v Zebre 16h00 Stadio Monigo
Cardiff Blues v Ospreys 16h35 Cardiff Arms Park
Munster v Ulster 16h35 Thomond Park
Edinburgh v Glasgow Warriors 18h35 Myreside
Sun, 29 April 2018
London Irish v Saracens 14h00 Madejski Stadium
Wasps v Northampton Saints 14h00 Ricoh Arena
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 22 April 2018
Racing Metro v Munster 27 | 22
Brumbies v Jaguares 20 | 25
Sat, 21 April 2018
Ulster v Glasgow Warriors 36 | 15
Zebre v Ospreys 37 | 14
Sharks v Stormers 24 | 17
Leinster v Scarlets 38 | 16
Bulls v Rebels 28 | 10
Reds v Chiefs 12 | 36
Crusaders v Sunwolves 33 | 11
Fri, 20 April 2018
Waratahs v Lions 0 | 29
Blues v Highlanders 16 | 34
Sun, 15 April 2018
Saracens v Bath 41 | 6
London Irish v Exeter Chiefs 5 | 45
Sat, 14 April 2018
Leinster v Treviso 15 | 17
Kings v Cardiff Blues 12 | 45
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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