Operation on rugby player ‘a success’

Alvin Reeves

GREY High lock Martin Groenewald is likely to be discharged from hospital today after being operated on following a sickening double break in his right leg during the school’s rugby derby against Grey College, in Bloemfontein, on Saturday.

Groenewald broke the tibia and fibula in the shin area of the leg during a match that Grey College won 50-28.

The Grey lock, who represented Eastern Province under-18 at the Craven Week earlier this month, lay motionless after the legal tackle by College defenders, his leg lying mangled in an unnatural position next to his body. The match was televised live on SuperSport and images of the horrific break were beamed to homes all across South Africa.

The television still of Groenewald lying face down also spread like wildfire across social media platforms. By yesterday morning, the YouTube clip of the incident had attracted more than 4000 hits.

Groenewald was taken to Bloemfontein Mediclinic and operated upon immediately. Grey High coach Rory Duncan said the operation was a success.

“I spoke to Martin’s father this morning and it seems the operation was a success. We are now awaiting feedback from the doctors to see just how long it will take for him to recover. If all goes well he should be discharged [today],” Duncan said yesterday.

He said assistant coach Tim Fraser had seen Groenewald after the operation. “Tim says he was in a certain amount of pain but it was slightly alleviated by the fact that he had 20 Collegiate girls next to his hospital bed.”

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