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Southern Kings count two injuries after Lions clash

May 29, 2017
Southern Kings count two injuries after Lions clash

The Southern Kings counted two injury casualties following their Vodacom Super Rugby match against the Emirates Lions in Johannesburg on Sunday, 28 May 2017.

After a tough encounter against the South African Group log leaders in the competition, team doctor Konrad von Hagen confirmed.

Winger Alshaun Bock was replaced early in the match at Emirates Airline Park on Sunday after sustaining a biceps tear in the first half of the clash.

Ntabeni Dukisa, who made his first appearance in Vodacom Super Rugby at the weekend, replaced the 35-year-old Bock. Dukisa himself finished the match with an injury.

The 28-year-old utility back sustained a shoulder injury and will have X-rays done on Monday to assess the extent of the injury.

Bock will see a specialist in Cape Town on Monday for a full diagnosis of the injury.

“Unfortunately, we lost Alshaun Bock early in the weekend’s match after he sustained a biceps tendon tear in the match against the Emirates Lions,” Dr Von Hagen confirmed.

“With the team going on a break, Bock will be seeing a specialist in Cape Town on Monday afternoon; and only thereafter will be know the exact nature of the injury.

“The only other injury concern is that of Ntabeni Dukisa, who sustained a clavicle joint (shoulder) injury. We are not yet sure of the extent of the injury, but he will have X-rays done to ascertain the nature of the injury.

“The rest of the squad remains unscathed and will get an opportunity to rest over the next two weeks ahead of the travel to Argentina where we will face the Jaguares.”

Lionel Cronje (jaw) and Andisa Ntsila (shoulder) are making good progress following their injuries that ruled them out of action against the Emirates Lions.

The pair is expected to be ready to take part in the South Africa A side’s two matches against the French Barbarians.

Southern Kings head coach, Deon Davids, has given the rest of the team a two-week break before regathering to prepare for their next Vodacom Super Rugby match against Jaguares in Buenos Aires at the end of next month.