LIVE

    Aplon goes under the knife

    2011-02-10 22:38
    Stephen Nell

    Cape Town – The Stormers suffered a big injury scare with star wing Gio Aplon having to undergo a scope on his right knee on Wednesday.

    Coach Allister Coetzee confirmed the procedure when quizzed by Sport24. He is yet to receive feedback from the medical people involved, but is confident that Aplon will be fit for the Stormers’ first game against the Lions on February 26.

    The Stormers opted for the procedure due to continued inflammation of Aplon's knee. He had a major workload at the Stormers, Western Province and Springboks last year.

    “Gio did not undergo an operation. It was a scope to have a look at what is wrong with the knee,” said Coetzee.

    “We just need to make sure. I don’t want to get to the middle of the competition and then his knee packs up. He’s available for our first game.”

    Coetzee said that a player was usually sidelined for 2 to 4 weeks after such a procedure. The Stormers have a bye next week before taking on the Lions the following weekend.

    If Aplon is not available, Coetzee has the option of using use Jean de Villiers, Danie Poolman or JJ Engelbrecht on the wing. Poolman and Engelbrecht are due to be in action in Saturday’s friendly match against Boland at Newlands.

    Engelbrecht featured for WP in last year’s Currie Cup, while Poolman was a regular try-scorer for the under-21 side.

    The uncertainty surrounding Aplon will also up the pressure on Bryan Habana to get back to his best form.

    The International Rugby Board’s player of 2007 took some flack from the Newlands crowd on Saturday when he failed to catch a pass.

    However, Coetzee defended Habana this week.

    “I’m not looking at the issue emotionally. I would like to show you his involvement and work-rate, not just the flashy moments where he scores tries,” said Coetzee.

    “It happens now and then that players knock the ball. Everybody makes mistakes. But you don’t easily get someone who competes so well for the ball in the air, defends well and gets involved so much.

    “I’m very happy with Bryan’s work-rate. He makes a contribution and as long as he does that I will be happy. How bad can he be if that’s the case?”

    Coetzee wants Habana to continue working hard fearlessly.

    “If you never see a player making mistakes but he doesn’t do anything, how good is he really? I’d rather have someone who makes four or five mistakes, but makes 20 contributions.”

    Read News24’s Comments Policy

    24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

    Comment on this story
    36 comments
    Add your comment
    Comment 0 characters remaining
    Live Video Streaming
    • Blitz
      Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
    • SS1
      Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
    • SS2
      Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
    • SS3
      Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
    Video Highlights
    Sport Talk
    /Sport

    Fixtures

    08 May 2015
    • Crusaders v Reds, AMI Stadium 09:35
    • Rebels v Blues, AAMI Park 11:40
    09 May 2015
    • Hurricanes v Sharks, Westpac Stadium 09:35
    • Force v Waratahs, nib Stadium 11:40
    • Lions v Highlanders, Emirates Airlines Park 15:00
    • Stormers v Brumbies, Cape Town 17:05
    15 May 2015
    • Blues v Bulls, Eden Park 09:35
    • Reds v Rebels, Suncorp Stadium 11:40

    Results

    02 May 2015
    01 May 2015
    26 April 2015
    25 April 2015
    24 April 2015
    18 April 2015
    17 April 2015
    11 April 2015
    10 April 2015
    04 April 2015
    03 April 2015
    28 March 2015
    27 March 2015
    22 March 2015
    21 March 2015
    20 March 2015
    14 March 2015
    13 March 2015
    07 March 2015
    06 March 2015
    28 February 2015
    27 February 2015
    21 February 2015
    20 February 2015
    15 February 2015
    14 February 2015
    13 February 2015

    Logs

    Rank Team P W Pts

    Opinion Poll

    The South African Conference is up for grabs after Round 12 of action. Who do you see finishing top when all is said and done?

    Monday Quiz Madness!

    TAKE THE QUIZ
    There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.