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Sharkbok

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Steyn's season over as injuries hit Boks
October 01, 2012, 19:31:45

 

 

Steyn's season over as injuries hit Boks



 

The Springboks were dealt a massive injury blow with the news that midfielder Frans Steyn will miss the rest of the year’s rugby calendar and will undergo surgery on his ankle this week.

Team doctor Craig Roberts told media a host of bad injury news on what can almost be considered “black Monday” as the team started preparations ahead of Saturday’s Castle Rugby Championship showdown with the All Blacks.

Other than Steyn there was bad news also about prop Coenie Oosthuizen, fullback Zane Kirchner and flank Jacques Potgieter, although replacements are only to be announced at a later date.

Potgieter is the only one of this trio to be ruled out with “an abdominal strain” which he picked up playing for the Bulls. In their place the Boks announced that Lions midfielder Lionel Mapoe will replace Steyn and former SA under-20 captain Arno Botha will replace Potgieter in the side.

No other replacements have been put on standby for Oosthuizen or Kirchner as yet.

Steyn is the main injury woe, and it was decided on Monday to rather look after his “long-term wellbeing” thus he will undergo surgery to his ankle. “The main injury news from the week is Frans Steyn. As you know he injured his ankle in training on Monday at Loftus. After doing a lot of scans and seeing a few specialists, we found he has quite a lot of ‘loose bodies’ in the joints – pieces of bone that have broken off over time and move in and out of the joint.

"The problem is that every now and then one of those pieces of bone gets hinged in the joint and it’s very painful.

“We’ve made a decision in terms of Frans’s long-term career to go in and clean that out. He will have that done on Wednesday but unfortunately it will mean he will be out for three months. It means we will lose him for the end of year tour, which is not ideal.

“But Frans is still a youngster and he has at least another 60 tests in him if we manage him properly. That’s why we decided to do it now.

"He will have a proper pre-season and go into Super Rugby in good shape. It’s a tough decision but in terms of his long-term career it’s the right thing to do.”

Coenie Oosthuizen will fly to Durban with Dr Roberts on Tuesday to see a neurosurgeon for a second opinion on his neck injury.

Oosthuizen was forced to withdraw from the Bok team to face Australia last week because of a worry over his neck and the neurosurgeon, who has operated on the likes of Bismarck and Jannie du Plessis before, will make a final call whether he will be able to return to action.

“We pulled Coenie out on Friday and I haven’t been completely happy with his neck. He had some quite significant symptoms after playing for the Cheetahs. We will have a second opinion tomorrow and based on that we will make a decision.

"It is crucial that we make the right decision that is good for his long-term career. He is a youngster with a lot of potential and rugby ahead of him and we want to make sure long-term we’re making the right decision, that’s why we are travelling tomorrow."

Dr Roberts said though, that thankfully there weren’t many injuries from the game itself.

“The big one from the game is Zane Kirchner, who has a hip pointer (bruise). It was actually from the tackle from Adam Ashley-Cooper (which knocked Ashley-Cooper out).

“That takes a couple of days to settle and we will make a call on him later in the week. There were a few guys sitting out as a precautionary. Jannie du Plessis is just a little bit sore from contact and Willem Alberts also took a knock on his hip.

“Johan Goosen still has that bruised heel, he went into the game with the heel, and was fine running, but had a problem when planting his foot.

"We always knew he may be a little sore in the game, that’s why we made the decision early on to change the kicker.”

In terms of Kirchner, a decision will only be taken when the swelling subsides, and possibly even very late in the week.

“These things respond quite nicely but there is some bruising on where the muscles attach, so he is quite sore at the moment when twisting his body.

"He is better today than yesterday and as long as he keeps on improving, I think he will be alright. We only need to make the decision later in the week.”

The Bok management has also reiterated the agreement made with provincial CEOs earlier in the year that no member of the squad – including the eight players not playing in the match 22 – will be released to play Currie Cup rugby this weekend.


Sharkbok

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RE: Steyn's season over as injuries hit Boks
October 01, 2012, 19:37:31

 His ankles have been takking too much weight on them. Frans needs to come back for nex years Superxv and get lighter and work on his stepping again. He is still the best inside center in South Africa when fit


sasuke uchiha

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RE: Steyn's season over as injuries hit Boks
October 01, 2012, 20:15:00

@sharkbok,

LMAO, francois suffering from cankles i see, :P


sasuke uchiha

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RE: Steyn's season over as injuries hit Boks
October 01, 2012, 20:18:49

@clevermike,

i can remember arguments about players suffering injuries due to their age, but the current All Black squads seems to be debunking that theory, especially when u compare the All Blacks to their SANZAR bros.

at the risk of incurring the wrath of ben10, do u think their might be a correlation with injuries that players are suffering and being soft??? :P


clevermike

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RE: Steyn's season over as injuries hit Boks
October 01, 2012, 20:47:06

Saasu

Sure there are both the age factor and the unfit factor at play here,   Francois Steyn is really carrying some fat - he is indeed over-weight - and he did not show much in the tests this year - I also believe he lost pace.   Some will argue about his absence from the team but he is to my mind not really a major factor at this stage.

On the other hand Kirchner is one of the oldest  players in the SA side and he did miss some tests after being injured in the second POM test.

I am very worried about the Oosthuizen inhury - it could really threaten his career as a rugby player.   Maybe he was too yoing when he became involved as a prop selection on Super  14/15 level.   In this case there could be a purely physical problem in the injury.


sasuke uchiha

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RE: Steyn's season over as injuries hit Boks
October 01, 2012, 21:01:18

@clevermike,

i reckon hes lost a lot of pace too, but like my brother pointed out, he looks stronger too with the added weight in his corner, sacrafising speed for power can be a fair trade, i remeber that barnstorming run he made in dunedin where he brusehd aside conrad smith with ease, i know some sayt that conrads not known for his defence, but he is rated very heavily for his defence by many myself included.

the injury that coonie suffered was serious and i hope he does recover, but when he first made his comeback for the cheetahs, i thought wow thats amazing he recovered so soon considering the nature of his injury, but now im convinced they rushed him back too soon and shame on drotske for not realising this.
hope coonie recovers, cos hes IMO SA best prop,,,,,,,,,,,,,,do u think this opens the door for a possible return of greyling against the All Blacks??? fingers croseed aye, -_o
 


clevermike

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RE: Steyn's season over as injuries hit Boks
October 01, 2012, 21:26:22

Sasu

I agree about Steyn - but Conrad Smith is the weak defender in the backline of the All Blavks and Steyn brushing him aside is no real big achievement.  Anyway Steyn needs to get rid of a few extra kilos and up his speed.

The reason why I think your membership here is so valuable is your magnificient sense of humour,   Greyling - I know you are ab All Black supporter and the All Blacks will need all the help they could get on Saturday,  but Geyling is your guy - not ours.   LOL. 


Beeno1

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RE: Steyn's season over as injuries hit Boks
October 02, 2012, 08:45:12

The Steyn injury i sactuall ygood news a sit explains why thi sbrilliant player has not been perorming. How cn you tin and play properl ywith an injury niggle like this. We will undoubtedly see a fit and ready to go frans next year which is huge news for the Boks.

As for Coenie I fully agree with saSUE that this guy is our best prop. HOpefully he will get sorted out. If he needs to stop playinmg for the rest of the year tha talso is no problem whatsoever - he has to be manage properly as he is a vital cog for the future.

I think of our match 22 vbeing strengthened by the return of Bissie, Coenie, Burger and JP. Then we have a plethora of youngsters waiting to make a mark as well. wheeeew things are loking good. But it is very important that these two players return to fitness.

saSUE you may have noticed that 5 OZ players were crunched inthe game last Saturday and not one Bok left the filed (Oz however ar efine when playing abs). 

Injuries have been bad this year because the Saffas are playing eachother more. We play hard rugby saSUE not basketball fancy boy stuff.  You may have noticed the abs on their knees last week. Watch them this week if you have any dounts about this.

 

 


radtad1

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RE: Steyn's season over as injuries hit Boks
October 03, 2012, 02:58:23

Brotherbeens do you have fat-finger syndrome?

 

Because the amount of grammatical errors in your posts are getting worse my boy?

 

Please we already have the Kiws laughing at your "broken record" mentality - surely you dont want everyone to know that you are actually a "punk arse"  18 year old hehe

 

ED - please remove all posts by Brotherbeens as he is constantly embarrasing us intelligent SA

 

 

 

 


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