Port Elizabeth - The Southern Kings medical team
under Clement Plaatjies found themselves rather busy in the wake of the
local franchise’s 26-12 defeat to Ospreys on Friday.
Most of the
cases they had to deal with concerned bumps and bruises, but there was some
unfortunate news when it came to centre Harlon Klaasen.
“Harlon suffered a hamstring
injury and will be unable to play for a while so a decision has been made to
send him back to South Africa. Jacques Nel will be flying in as a replacement,” Plaatjies said.
Amongst the other players who
required treatment was scrumhalf Rowan Gouws who went into the Ospreys match
with concerns about his ankle but, other than a little stiffness, was in good
shape and would be available for selection against Leinster this weekend.
Similarly, Stephan Coetzee, who dislocated a finger after coming onto the field
as a replacement against Ospreys, was showing no ill-effects.
Plaatjies also reported that
prop Dayan Van Der Westhuizen, who missed the match on Friday evening because
of an ankle injury, had responded well to treatment and would be fit and ready
for Leinster if needed.
Loose-head prop Schalk Ferreira,
meanwhile, was suffering from some stiffness in his neck as well as bruising of
the ribs which limited his training on Monday as was the case with fullback
Masixole Banda who had a rotator cuff contusion.
Man-of-the-match against Ospreys
Andisa Ntsila was the only other concern for the Kings medical team.
into the match with a tight quad and it seemed to flare up during the game but
I think that’s just testament to the tough performance he put in. He has
responded well to treatment and will definitely be ready for Friday,” Plaatjies said.
The Southern Kings face Leinster
at the RDS Arena on Friday and kick-off is at 21:35 (SA time).