Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
20 Aug 2013
7:00 am

WP’s minor injury worries

Rudolph Jacobs

Western Province have two minor injury worries before their first away clash in the Absa Currie Cup competition this weekend against Griquas in Kimberley.

Province, as the defending champions, are joint top with the Bulls and the Cheetahs on six points after their nail-biting 15-14 win at Newlands over the Cheetahs last weekend.

Province coach Allister Coetzee, above, said centre Pat Howard has a tight hamstring, while flyhalf Gary van Aswegen took a knock to the shoulder.

“We felt it was best to take Pat off, the guys have been training in the wet these past two weeks so he felt his hamstring a bit and we didn’t want to risk him,” said Coetzee. “Gary took a slight knock to the shoulder but he, too, should be fine.”

The return of centre Juan de Jongh from the Bok set-up and flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis from injury could therefore be very timely.

While Province started their campaign with a draw at home to the Bulls, before retaining their unbeaten record with the narrow Cheetahs result, Griquas will enjoy their first game at home.