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Lions' injury woes mount

2012-03-13 09:00

Cape Town - The Lions have received a big blow with the news that flyhalf Elton Jantjies may be out of action for up to a month.

The Beeld newspaper reports that the severity of Jantjies's foot injury, which kept him out of their Super Rugby match against the Sharks over the weekend, was determined on Monday.

Further bad news is that centre Alwyn Hollenbach injured his hamstring early in the clash against the Sharks in Durban and could be sidelined for up to three weeks.

Luckily for the Lions they have a bye this weekend but they have a tough schedule ahead in the coming weeks with several frontline players out injured.

Jantjies and prop Pat Cilliers (stomach bug) pulled out of the Sharks clash last Friday after initially being named in the team.

Cilliers's withdrawal before the Sharks game was a big blow, considering that they had already lost JC Janse van Rensburg (six weeks) and CJ van der Linde (three to four weeks) due to injuries.

Young prop Caylib Oosthuizen fared well against the Sharks but their depth could be tested there in the coming weeks.

Other players already on the injury list include: Loose forward/lock Wikus van Heerden (concussion), hooker Bandise Maku (shoulder), centre Dylan des Fountain (knee), lock Michael Rhodes (knee) and wing Lionel Mapoe (hamstring).

After their bye they take on the Stormers (home), Crusaders (home), Cheetahs (away) and Bulls (home).

Sport24

Comments
  • Raeez - 2012-03-13 09:08

    Not looking good for the boys. But standing behind you fully!lol. Show them Lions!!!!!!!

  • Nico - 2012-03-13 09:20

    our replacements played well enough against the sharks, if we had the bounce of the ball could have beaten them, so i'm sure that we will be competitive in the rest of the super15 :)

      springbokke - 2012-03-13 10:51

      @nico...being an avid Bull follower I wll admit, .Your team [ the Lions]... WILL be very competitive over the next few months....Good luck for the remainder of the tournament.......

      Nico - 2012-03-13 11:05

      @springbokke thx :) at least we are not the pushovers anymore, so it is an improvement :) just hope the bulls can keep the flag flying high and that the blues game was just an off day in the office!

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