Springboks battling injury worries
June 17, 2012
South Africa could be without Juandre Kruger for their third Test against England © PA Photos
South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer must contend with a growing injury list for next weekend's third Test clash against England in Port Elizabeth, with lock and fullback particular areas of concern.
Bulls lock Juandre Kruger and Sharks duo Pat Lambie and Willem Alberts were all forced off in the second-half of the Springboks' 36-27 victory over England in Johannesburg on Saturday.
Kruger is in serious doubt for the final game of the series after suffering a neck injury, while Lambie is the second fullback in as many weeks to go down, joining Zane Kirchner on the sidelines.
"Injuries are part of rugby so I don't want to complain about it, but the one England try was scored when Juandre was down, and the other one was the result of an overthrow at a lineout," Meyer said. "England worked hard to come back at us but some of the points we gave away were unnecessary.
"Lambie went off injured and it was the second time in the space of a week that we have lost a fullback. Frans Steyn can play fullback but he hasn't done so for a while and it required a bit of an adjustment. But we will take the win."
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