Mienie out, Lood no concern


Springbok lock, Lood de Jager, is carrying no injury after the Toyota Cheetahs’ hard fought 21-11 win over the Southern Kings on Friday.

De Jager merely had boot trouble in the match which gave the impression that he was carrying an ankle injury.

Mienie will, however, be spending the next three to four months on the sidelines after dislocating his elbow and will need to undergo surgery.

While the scoreline on Friday evening was less than convincing, it wasn’t reported that the Kings played a negative game with spoiling tactics.

Coach Franco Smith says they will take valuable lessons from the match heading into the Super Rugby and this is what his players can expect on tour.

“It was a very stop-start affair. It’s a pity it started raining, especially in a warm-up game where you don’t want to go the conservative route,” said Smith.

“The rain, in the beginning, made it difficult to handle the ball. On seven occasions we got within a metre of scoring and it becomes a little bit frustrating.

“Along with a lot of stop-starts, the game was delayed with small injuries and things. Unfortunately, we couldn’t build the intensity I would have liked. That’s going to be the main objective in the Super Rugby – to get the maximum intensity and to play with the ball in hand.

“I felt we were not that focussed, we got disrupted a bit and that’s exactly what happens on tour.

“That’s the lesson I’m going to take from this.”

The other Super Rugby warm-up results over the weekend saw the Bulls edge the Lions 28-24 in Polokwane, while the Stormers dug deep to beat the Los Jaguars 29-14 at Newlands.