Two BlitzBoks face surgery
INJURY UPDATE: South Africa paid a dear price for their improved performance in the Cape Town leg of the Sevens World Series.
After finishing sixth in the opening round in Dubai, the BlitzBoks showed a vast improvement on home soil and beat arch-rivals New Zealand in the third-place final.
Earlier they had also run eventual winners Fiji close in the semifinal.
However, it came at a cost.
Werner Kok suffered some facial fractures and underwent surgery on Monday.
He is expected to make a full recovery for the next leg of the World Series, in Hamilton at the end of January.
Justin Geduld will have a procedure on Tuesday, to remove cartilage from his knee.
The BlitzBoks’ medical staff are awaiting the results of scans on captain Philip Snyman (shoulder) and Muller du Plessis (rib), neither of whom featured on the second day in Cape Town.
An update on the availability of Geduld, Snyman and Du Plessis for the Hamilton tournament will be made in due course.
Du Plessis was one of the young guns who first took a dip in Hong Kong in March and finished third, a result that proved crucial as the BlitzBoks retained their World Series crown.