WP receive Whitehead blow

2011-08-29 21:06

Cape Town - Western Province have been dealt a big blow in their midfield, with centre Tim Whitehead ruled out with a knee injury.

According to the WP Rugby website, Whitehead has damaged knee ligaments and is expected to be out for 4 weeks. His injury does not require surgery.

Loose forward Pieter Louw will also be out in the cold for at least the next three weeks after suffering an injury to the rib cage against the Lions two weeks ago.

"At first it looked like Pieter bruised his ribs but scans show that he's done a light fracture," WP coach Allister Coetzee told SAPA.

"It's unlikely that he'll be back for some time, perhaps three weeks on the sidelines."

Another loosie on the 'walking wounded' list is Province flank Siya Kolisi with a hamstring injury, which requires "conservative treatment" over the next few days. He may require another week to be ready.

On the positive side of things for the Cape side, hooker Deon Fourie (broken nose) and flyhalf Lionel Cronje (knee) both trained on Monday. 

Fourie will available for their clash against Griquas in Kimberley on Saturday, while Cronje still needs some field fitness.

Another flyhalf, Kurt Coleman, is also not far from returning.

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  • Riaan - 2011-08-29 21:22

    Wouldn't replace Catrakilis with neither Cronje nor Coleman. He's displaying immaculate form and showed what a talent he is!

      FRANCOIS27 - 2011-09-01 15:57

      well said riaan smart man!!

  • The Goose - 2011-08-29 23:00

    So WP have two flyhalves returning soon while Catrakilis is kicking ass.Wat nou? How will Coleman and Cronje be used?

      Oukoos - 2011-08-30 08:04

      Inside centre?

  • Northern Stormer - 2011-08-30 06:51

    Iemand sal die ander flyhalves offers maak sodat hulle , hulle benches kan warm hou - hulle almal kort diepte en ons no 6 flyhalf is nog beter as hulle no een !!!!

  • WPBLIKSEM - 2011-08-30 07:12

    A BLOW indeed, but we've got ENOUGH depth!!!! WP by 7+ Go Boytjies Go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kattinbox - 2011-08-30 08:05

    Oh goodness, please please please do NOT bench Catrakilis... He's put up a stellar performance!

  • jk - 2011-08-30 08:14

    our situation is getting out of hand< its almost code red... doesnt matter how much wp rugby and me and all the true supporters want to sugar coat it, ITS CODE RED!!!

  • Weepee - 2011-08-30 08:40

    WP have to be one of the unluckiest sides on the planet when it comes to injuries. Hats off to them that they have kept their head above water. Credit to Alister and his management. It also shows the structures are good with some very good players in the U21 side to draw from.

  • Colin Klinkert - 2011-08-30 09:10

    I think the greek has done enough to hold the 10 shirt, at least until Gary Van comes back... Lionel and Kurt might need to look elsewhere as by S15 time, WP would have gone from crises to surplus... With Peter Grant coming back, I don't see Lionel or Kurt being in the top 3

  • jk - 2011-08-30 09:12

    dont stop believing< hold on to that loving feeling...(journey 1984)

  • ROOIHART - 2011-08-30 17:00


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