Mon 21 Jun 2021 | 04:33

Lions lose plenty of muscle as high-flying Province arrives

Lions lose plenty of muscle as high-flying Province arrives
Mon 21 Jun 2021 | 04:33
Lions lose plenty of muscle as high-flying Province arrives
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INJURY UPDATE: The Lions have suffered another massive setback in the wake of the embarrassing loss at the weekend.

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It was confirmed on Monday that veteran Springbok Willem Alberts has been sidelined for the rest of the season.

Alberts sustained a high-grade tear of his right hamstring muscle in the 10-39 loss to the Pumas in Nelspruit this past Friday.

“He will most likely be out for the rest of Currie Cup,” the Lions said in a curt statement.

Apart from his experience – with more than 250 first-class games between the Lions, Sharks and Stade Français, to go along with 43 Test caps – Alberts was also one of the team’s leaders.

The Lions will be hoping to get some of their big names back for the mid-week clash with the high-flying Western Province.

Players like Burger Odendaal, Len Massyn, MJ Pelser; Ruben Schoeman, Jaco Visagie and Sithembiso Sithole all missed the trip to Nelspruit.

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Province started their campaign with a comprehensive 48-24 win over a depleted Bulls team at Loftus Versfeld at the weekend.

The short turnaround will not help either team, but the Lions – who have to go into a 10-day hard lockdown bubble ahead of their encounter with the British and Irish Lions team on July 3 – faces a real challenge.

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