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Southern Kings again without Watson


Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :EP Kings, Original Content, Super Rugby on 26 Jun 2013 at 09:31
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The Southern Kings announced yesterday that their captain Luke Watson will be out for the rest of the year due to an ankle injury. Watson has been struggling with injuries for the last couple of months, injuring his ankle against the Leopards in the Currie Cup semi final last year and a knock to his throat in their first Super Rugby match against the Western Force sidelined him with very little game time.

“Luke is an excellent player, and an excellent leader, but unfortunately this season, Luke has just had a litany of injuries. He’s just had really bad luck. The first half of last year he didn’t play, then at the end of last year he hurt his ankle against the Leopards in the semi final of the Currie Cup,”

“He suffered a throat injury against the Western Force and the ankle has still been worrying him. The consequence is that, through no fault of Luke’s, he has just not been able to play much rugby this year,” said Director of rugby, Alan Solomons

Solomons said that Andries Strauss will be taking over the captaincy from Watson for the rest of the year and Darron Nell will be second in command for the game against the Bulls in the absence of injured Steven Sykes.

Centre Ronnie Cooke turned over an ankle in training this week, but he has been named in the team and Solomons said he was sure he would be fit for Saturday’s clash. However, in the event that Cooke was not able to play, Waylon Murray would be called up in his place.

Solomons also said that neither young star Sergeal Petersen nor Siyanda Grey had been selected for the squad, as concerns over their respective injuries still lingered.

“Siyanda and Sergeal were not considered. The medical staff feel that they should not be rushed back.That said, Sergeal is coming along nicely now and took part in (yesterday’s) practice session and seemed to be running a lot more freely, which is a big positive,” he said.

A bit of good news for the Southern Kings is that right wing Michael Killian has completely recovered from injury and will be starting against the Bulls.

“Michael comes in on the right wing, he is now completely over his injury problems, and this presents a real opportunity for him to play. He is a local boy and it’s great to have him back. I know he’s champing at the bit to play,” Solomons said.

Kings:

15. SP Marais, 14. Marcello Sampson, 13. Ronnie Cooke, 12. Andries Strauss (captain), 11. Michael Killian, 10. Demetri Catrakilis, 9. Shaun Venter, 8. Jacques Engelbrecht, 7. Wimpie van der Walt, 6. Cornell du Preez, 5. David Bulbring, 4. Darron Nell, 3. Kevin Buys, 2. Bandise Maku, 1. Schalk Ferreira
Substitutes: 16. Grant Kemp, 17. Hannes Franklin, 18. Rynier Bernardo, 19. Devin Oosthuizen, 20. Nicolas Vergallo, 21. George Whitehead, 22. Shane Gates.



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