Kings quartet concussion concern

Date published: February 13 2017

The Southern Kings medical team announced that four players have suffered concussions but none of which are serious.

Following two pre-season friendly matches against SWD Eagles, which the Southern Kings won 42-25, and a 28-10 victory over the Border Bulldogs, the team only sustained minor knocks and bruises.

But with two weeks before the start of Super Rugby, lock Irne Herbst, flanker Chris Cloete and Neil Maritz sustained concussions during training, while flyhalf Pieter-Steyn de Wet sustained a concussion during the Southern Kings’ match against the SWD Eagles.

The quartet is going through the return-to-play protocol this week.

“We are fortunate not to have any new or serious injuries after our pre-season matches. Our four players who sustained concussions are making good progress as they go through the return-to-play protocol,” Kings team doctor Konrad von Hagen told the Kings website.

“It is extremely vital that we take the most caution and adhere to the protocol before players return to the field. At this stage we are hopeful that all the players will be available for our first Vodacom Super Rugby match against the Jaguares.”

Otherwise star utility-back Wandile Mjekevu joined the team at full training on Monday after recovering from a foot injury, prop Dayan van der Westhuizen, who is nursing a torn plantar fascia (foot), is making good progress in his rehabilitation and flanker CJ Velleman remains on track for a return to action in April after a knee injury.

The Kings’ first Super Rugby match is against the Jaguares on 25 February 2017.