Cape Town - Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer
says it was a freak accident which led to loosehead prop Steven Kitshoff’s knee
Springbok management on Tuesday confirmed Kitshoff will be out for approximately four weeks after sustaining an injury to the
medial ligaments of his left knee.
Kitshoff was sent for scans on Wednesday
morning which confirmed the diagnosis of a grade two MCL injury and he will
unavailable for the Boks’ next three matches.
Meyer rued the injury
as he was looking to utilise the prop in the coming weeks.
“Steven sustained a grade two tear of his
medial ligaments in training. It was a freak accident. It’s not too serious,”
Meyer told Netwerk24.
“We wanted to pick him against the
Wallabies, but will now have to consider another front row. The plan was to use
the next five weeks to see what value the players could add.”
Jannie du Plessis and Tendai Mtawarira are
the starting props for Saturday’s clash against the World XV, with
Trevor Nyakane and Vincent Koch on the bench.
Frans Malherbe was not picked for Saturday’s match but is expected to start at tighthead prop against Australia in Brisbane
Kick-off for Saturday's clash at Newlands
is scheduled for 17:00.
15 Willie le Roux, 14 JP Pietersen, 13
Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Ruan
Pienaar, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Marcell Coetzee, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Victor
Matfield (captain), 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du
Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Substitutes: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Trevor
Nyakane, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Oupa Mohoje, 20 Schalk Burger, 21 Cobus Reinach,
22 Pat Lambie, 23 Jean de Villiers