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Injuries are part of the game

It’s been two weeks since our last match against the Lions at Ellis Park and whilst the slew of injuries widely reported on this week have been disruptive and less than ideal from a continuity and preparation point of view, they are part of the game.

We are fortunate to make use of a squad system, and the players who have been tasked to take over from those suffering from injuries have been part of the set up since I’ve been involved. I am confident that the players entering the WP match 22 are versed in our plays and ethos. Whilst our injuries have largely been non avoidable contact injuries, we now have a number of key players out for the season.

Ross suffered a serious hamstring injury at training this week and has been ruled out for the remainder of the season. The injury was a terrible blow to him and the team as he has been in inspirational form this season. He will go under the knife today. Gerrie Britz and Andries Bekker are also out for the season due to injuries, together with flank Pieter Louw, who sustained a medial ligament injury to his left knee against the Lions.

Luke is still troubled by a rib ailment and it was decided to keep him from contact for another week. Francois Louw returns from injury and will come into the side at flank, with Justin Melck shifting to openside. Schalk Brits will lead the side in Luke’s absence.

Losing players also means doors open for others and we will start with a new locking combination against Boland this weekend. Both Selborne and Francois van der Merwe are intelligent footballers and I’m confident that they are prepared for the tough encounter that awaits. In addition, Selborne will play in his 50th match for WP, which will no doubt be a special moment for him.

Boland are a team who has earned respect this year. They are very well coached and we are expecting a very tough encounter. The first 20 minutes will be vital as we expect a huge amount of intensity from Boland and they will try and inflict the first blow. They have excellent distribution skills, and with the unbelievable pace on the wings, I’ll expect them to try and stretch us out wide.

Thanks for your support.

Gary Gold

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