Rugby 22.10.2013 07:00 am

Fourie’s neck spasm rocks WP

Deon Fourie of Western Province during the Absa Currie Cup semi final match between DHL Western Province and MTN Golden Lions at DHL Newlands on October 19, 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Luke Walker/Gallo Images)

Deon Fourie of Western Province during the Absa Currie Cup semi final match between DHL Western Province and MTN Golden Lions at DHL Newlands on October 19, 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Luke Walker/Gallo Images)

Western Province captain Deon Fourie could be in danger of missing out on this weekend big Absa Currie Cup final at Newlands in Cape Town against the Sharks.

Fourie, who is chasing a second straight win as skipper from the No 6 flank, was yesterday very uncomfortable when a neck spasm was diagnosed after the team went through their medical check-ups at the High Performance Centre in Bellville.

Coach Allister Coetzee said he was mostly concerned over Fourie, while the other concern was lock De Kock Steenkamp, who is suffering from bumps and bruises after the physical encounter against the Lions last weekend.

But Coetzee said he would keep his options open which would mean flank Rynhardt Elstadt coming in if Fourie was ruled out, while centre Jean de Villiers could easily slot in as the new skipper.

Another problem for Coetzee was to bring another hooker in on the bench as this is a position Fourie also covered from the flank, which could mean Michael Willemse from the Under-21s being brought in, but his side are also involved in the final of the Under-21 Currie Cup against the Blue Bulls.

Fortunately for Province, no further action was taken against the yellow-carded Scarra Ntubeni. Meanwhile, Fourie said they would stay within the structures against the Sharks, similar to last weekend when they initially struggled against the Lions.

“I just knew we had to stay disciplined regardless of how tough the opposition was and eventually the points would come,” he said. “Initially we were also on the back foot in the scrums, but it was a big positive for our young front row the way they bounced back.”

Coetzee also laughed off suggestions that his team had “struggled” in the scrums. “If we struggled in the scrums, so did the Lions,” he said. “The Lions got the hit in well early, but we settled after the first two or three scrums.”

 

 

 

 

 

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