Cape Town - The Springboks are sweating over
the availability of a few players who were injured in Saturday’s 27-20 Rugby
Championship defeat to the All Blacks in Johannesburg.
Props Jannie du Plessis and Vincent Koch
and loose forwards Francois Louw and Warren Whiteley were forced off with
injuries in a brutally physical clash.
"Jannie (du Plessis) has a knee
injury, Flo (Louw) injured a shoulder and Vincent and Warren probably have
broken ribs," coach Heyneke Meyer said afterwards.
The loss of two nominated tighthead props
meant French referee Jerome Garces called for uncontested scrums at a time when
the Boks were dominating in that department.
The Boks still had Trevor Nyakane, who can
play both loosehead and tighthead, but he was not a designated tighthead for
the Test - which prompted Garces to make a technical decision.
More clarity regarding the injured players
will be known as the week progresses.