Southern Kings plagued by injuries

George Byron

THE Southern Kings have several injury problems to consider as they prepare for a daunting trip to play the Bulls in a Super Rugby showdown at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday. Yesterday, skipper Luke Watson (ankle injury), centre Ronnie Cooke (ankle), Steven Sykes (shoulder), Siyanda Grey (knee) and Sergeal Petersen (hamstring) all sat out training.

Kings director of rugby Alan Solomons is still hopeful that Watson and Cooke will be fit to make the trip to Pretoria, while Petersen, Grey and Sykes have been ruled out of contention.

“Luke’s ankle is still worrying him and it is something that has been troubling him since he injured it against the Leopards last year,” Solomons said.

“So we pulled Luke out of training [yesterday] and the doctor is going to take a look at him and a decision will be taken later in the week. As far as Ronnie is concerned, we hope it is not too serious. He was jumping in the gym and twisted his ankle and it should not be too much of a problem.”

There had been some hope that Petersen would make his comeback against the Bulls after a long layoff because of an ankle injury.

However, both Petersen and wing Grey have been ruled out of the trip to Loftus.

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