Kolbe wait for Western Province

Date published: September 8 2014

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Western Province full-back Cheslin Kolbe is a doubtful starter for their Currie Cup clash with the Golden Lions at Ellis Park on Saturday.

Western Province full-back Cheslin Kolbe is a doubtful starter for their Currie Cup clash with the Golden Lions at Ellis Park on Saturday.

A second-half knee injury brought a premature end to the lively Kolbe's game in the 49-14 win over the Eastern Province Kings last Friday.

Western Province coach Allister Coetzee said Kolbe's condition would be assessed this week.

“Cheslin went down after suffering a hyper-extension of the knee and we will give the injury time to settle before making a selection call,” Coetzee said on Monday about the full-back.

“It does appear at this stage that he could be okay to play because he went for a run on Sunday. We'll wait and see if the pain continues.

“If Cheslin fails the fitness test on Wednesday, his place is likely to be taken by either Jaco Taute or Justin Geduld.

“Geduld showed he has good skills at the breakdown and can cover a number of backline positions,” he added.

“There are options and the key is to maintain selection consistency. We like to keep team changes to a minimum. Justin played well when he came on against the Kings.”

Coetzee confirmed Seabelo Senatla would be out for four weeks after an initial diagnosis of only two weeks' recovery time was predicted.

“When we rescanned after Senatla's condition had settled, the medical management said it was likely he would be out for four weeks,” he said.

Another player to leave the field late in the match against the Kings was scrum-half Nic Groom, who would miss the Golden Lions game with a shoulder injury.

“We'll be looking at a scrum-half replacement like Godlin Masimla to fill the void and he has been part of our wider training group,” said Coetzee.

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