After losing some of their stalwarts ahead of the new season including next month’s Commonwealth Games in India, the Springbok Sevens side was left with even more injuries following the recent Middelburg and Rustenburg Sevens tournaments. Frankie Horne, Neil Powell, Branco du Preez as well as skipper Kyle Brown were all ruled out ahead of the two warm-up tournaments.
Coach Paul Treu and his medical staff will on Tuesday assess the extent of injuries suffered by three of its players during the Platinum International Sevens tournament in Rustenburg over the weekend, where it took the honours after beating Zimbabwe in the final.
Newcomer Boom Prinsloo suffered concussion, MJ Mentz sustained an shoulder injury while Chris Dry has an fractured finger following the two days of action during the warm-up tournament at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.
The visually stunning Royal Bafokeng Stadium hosted the Platinum International Sevens (Pic: Getty Images)
The squad returned to Cape Town earlier this morning and will have the rest of the day off, but all the players will assemble at their base camp in Stellenbosch tomorrow morning for medical testing.
The team took part in the Middelburg and Rustenburg warm-up tournaments in preparation for the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India.
Treu said he will be guided by the medical opinion on whether the injured threesome would be able to travel to Delhi via Dubai this Sunday.
“Apart from the injuries, I was however very pleased with the performances of the youngsters and we will continue with our build-up for a couple of days this week in Stellenbosch before we leave for Dubai, where we will play a few warm-up matches against some of the local Arabian Gulf teams,” explained Treu.
The SA squad leaves for Delhi from Dubai on 8 October.