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Two fewer Boks for Friday night showdown?

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Lions, Original Content, Sharks, Springboks on 30 Sep 2014 at 10:12
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While many had reason for dismay during the first hour or so of the Springbok test against the Australians at Newlands on Saturday afternoon, for a pair of opposing Currie Cup coaches, there were some rather direct consequences to the clash.

Bryan Habana and Duane Vermeulen were forced from the field during the bruising Cape Town encounter, with a SARU injury assessment released yesterday confirming that both players will need careful management and “further assessment” during the week, ahead of Saturday’s final Rugby Championship test against the All Blacks. While neither has yet been ruled out, you can quite safely put your money on Heyneke Meyer wanting to keep his full squad available this week, just in case either player needs to be replaced at short notice.

Luckily for the Bok coach, he has two spare players who cover exactly the right positions. Lwazi Mvovo and Warren Whiteley have both been allowed to play Currie Cup rugby for the last two weekends, since neither is currently in the Bok match 23. It now appears likely that Brad Macleod-Henderson and Johan Ackermann will need to make do without these Boks for Friday night’s Currie Cup clash in Durban.

Neither will relish this prospect. Mvovo has found his way onto the score sheet for the Sharks in both of his most recent appearances and offers a real strike threat out wide, while Whiteley is, of course, the Lions’ regular captain.


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