WP sweating on Carr injury

Date published: September 7 2015

Western Province captain and number eight Nizaam Carr could miss his side's clash with the Sharks in Durban on Saturday due to injury.

A big negative in their 33-15 win over Griquas at the weekend, was the sight of Carr limping off with an injury shortly before half-time.

“Nizaam has pulled a hamstring," WP head coach John Dobson told WP's official website.

"He doesn’t look too comfortable."

Dobson is facing some tough selection choices – especially at fly-half, with the likes of Demetri Catrakilis, Kurt Coleman, Robert du Preez, as well as Dillyn Leyds, all in the equation to face the Sharks.

“It is tricky to leave Dillyn Leyds out the team again I think,” admitted the WP boss.

“The flyhalf issue is one that we are going to have to think long and hard about because sometimes it’s as clear as mud.”

Dobson was pleased that his charges notched their first victory since mid-August, and that they secured a try-scoring bonus point, but feels there's still plenty of room for improvement.

“We’re happy with the five points," he said.

"I certainly don’t think this win suddenly fixes things, but we needed this win from a confidence point of view.

“I thought we played some good rugby – we bossed territory and possession, with Griquas coming at us with everything – but I was very frustrated. 

"Our line-out was the poorest it has been all year, and then I couldn’t explain what was going on at scrum-time, that was a bit of a mystery to me.

“The scrum penalties are something we are going to have a long look at, and probably write an email or two about.

“We let ourselves down at the line-out, but, give them credit, they contested very well. Our maul was very good, however, (and) I don’t think we got the return on the maul that we probably deserved.

“The other thing I was heartened by was our defence, we have been under pressure defensively for a while and we didn’t concede a try.

"Even at the end when they came with absolutely everything we made our tackles and got some dominance and turned over some ball."