Pieter-Steph puts ‘miracle’ in action

    2015-05-04 13:11

    Durban - Injured Springbok and Sharks lock Pieter-Steph du Toit is already hard at work to push for a full recovery in June.

    Du Toit suffered a massive blow in March when he was sidelined with a serious knee injury (anterior cruciate ligament tear) following the Sharks’ 27-10 victory over the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.

    An early prognosis suggested that the 22-year-old would be out for the rest of the year, ruling him out of World Cup selection in September.

    However, following surgery, he received some good news from his doctor, who believes he can return to full match fitness by June.

    Du Toit was delighted, calling the update a “miracle” on Twitter, which received a huge response from players and fans.

    He’s now hoping to play in the Sharks’ final Super Rugby league match against the Stormers in Durban on June 13.

    “The injury came at bad time. After four games, I was building some good form. I was happy with my performance against the Cheetahs, until I hurt my knee just before half-time,” Du Toit told

    “Now I have to prove myself. I’ve had to ice up my knee for a while after surgery, which kept me off my feet, but I returned to the gym for rehab last week and I’m working hard.

    “The fact that I can recover in time for the World Cup is truly a miracle. One day, I thought I’d miss out on an exciting year. A few days later, the doctor says I have a chance of a full recovery by June. It’s been roller coaster ride of emotions, but I’m delighted with the chance to make the World Cup squad.”

    Du Toit was included in Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer’s training groups in Johannesburg and Cape Town, which he’s excited about.

    “The fact that I’ve been selected shows that there’s still belief in my recovery, which is great!” said Du Toit. “I can get all the information I need from the coaches, and they’ll tell me what I need to do if I want to make the World Cup squad. Like I said, I’ll be working hard to earn my place.”

    Du Toit also passed on a message of thanks to all the support he’s received over the past two months.

    “To all the kind messages sent to me via the media and social media, I just want to let everyone know I appreciate it. It’s truly motivating and inspiring to know that there are many people backing me during this challenging time,” said Du Toit.

    “The messages from players are also great, especially those from different teams. We might be opponents on the field, but it’s good to be friends off the field too.”

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