Fourie feeling out of place
Cape Town – Jaque Fourie feels “a little like a rugby player’s wife” when he has to watch from the sidelines while his teammates sweat it out in the Currie Cup.
The Springbok centre from Western Province injured the big toe on his right foot in a Currie Cup match against the Sharks on October 9.
He missed last Saturday’s semifinal against the Free State Cheetahs as a result and will also be a spectator during next week’s final against the Sharks in Durban.
“It’s actually gut-wrenching to sit in the suite and watch your teammates play, especially when you know that you could also have been there,” he said on Thursday.
He will not be able to travel to Durban for the final as his toe will swell up too much.
He drove to Newlands with his wife, Kelly, and Bryan Habana’s wife, Janine, for last Saturday’s Newlands semifinal.
Fourie said it was nice “to understand how the women feel”.
“It’s different so sit and watch from a suite. I thought to myself a few times: ‘Just look at how much space there is, guys – you are not seeing it!’.
Fourie is only expected to be available again for next year’s Super 15.
He was injured during a tackle and initially did not think the injury was that serious. An examination later revealed that the ligaments around the toe were injured. He underwent surgery on October 12.
He will spend the time on the sidelines with his family.
His mom passed away with cancer on September 16 and they intend visiting his father in Krugersdorp shortly.
“Everything happens with a purpose. I need to get to my family again.”
And what will happen in next weekend’s final? Fourie was diplomatic in answering the question.
“WP played well the past two weeks – very clinical – and the Sharks were also good against the Bulls. They defended well. It’s going to be difficult to win, but it’s possible.”