Kings suffer another flyhalf blow
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.