Kings wait on Ferreira scans
The Southern Kings were waiting on Monday for the results of scans that were carried out on injured captain Schalk Ferreira as they start their build-up to the weekend’s clash with the Emirates Lions at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
The loosehead prop injured a bicep muscle early in the Vodacom Super Rugby clash with the Cell C Sharks in Durban last weekend.
He was replaced by Schalk van der Merwe, who proved a revelation in a Kings scrum that managed to dominate the Sharks eight for a time after making a poor start. However, the Kings will want Ferreira back for his leadership.
Konrad van Hagen, the Kings doctor, confirmed that Ferreira would undergo scans late on Monday to assess the full extent of the injury. There were no other injuries from the Durban match, which the Kings lost by just two points.
The Kings should certainly have had their confidence boosted by how competitive they were in Durban, and they could easily have stolen the match as flyhalf Lionel Cronje missed a long-range penalty in the dying minutes.
The outstanding player for the Kings was undeniably Chris Cloete, who was unfortunate to find himself in the sinbin at a crucial stage of the game for not using his arms in a tackle.
It is interesting to note that Cloete was at both the Sharks and Western Province before heading to Port Elizabeth, and with both those franchises short of expertise at the moment at openside flank, you have to wonder how Cloete slipped through the net.
The feeling at WP was that he was too small, but he certainly makes up for his physical stature with his high work-rate and looks like another Heinrich Brussow in the making.
Although the Kings did compete in the scrums and their defence was excellent, it was mainly due to the efforts of their No 6 that they were so competitive in a game where they were good at feeding off opposition mistakes.
That last fact should please coach Deon Davids, who is used to seeing it work the other way around.
Luzuko Vulindlu, the centre who was concussed the previous week against the Stormers, is undergoing return to play protocols and may be available for selection this week.