While Springboks Damian de Allende and RG Snyman have been cleared to rejoin their teammates in South Africa, there is no updated positive news about their availability for the first two Tests against Georgia.
Snyman, in particular, is in a bit of doubt after the burns he and De Allende sustained in a fire pit accident stunted his rehabilitation process from a knee injury and it seems clarity is only expected when they get back to the country later this week.
Assistant coach Deon Davids sidestepped the issue when asked about it from the team’s Bloemfontein camp on Wednesday and kept his cards close to his chest about whether the duo will be available for the Georgia games.
“It is an ongoing process, obviously like I said last week the medical staff are in consistent communication in terms of their progress. Hopefully they will join us in the couple of weeks to come and we are looking forward to that. But at this time we are looking at working with our local based players. They really trained well in the past few weeks,” he said.
“I can’t say at this stage, all the players are coming in on Sunday - the overseas players and then a thorough assessment will be made of where they are and then we will make a decision from then on.”
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This comes after Munster, where both of the players play, cleared them to travel home to join the Springboks.
“Munster’s Damian de Allende and RG Snyman have been cleared to travel to South Africa and will continue their respective recoveries under the care of the Springboks medical team,” a team statement said.
“Both players had good reviews with the specialist this week having sustained burns in an accident earlier this month. De Allende and Snyman will both travel back to South Africa this week.”
The duo were injured in a fire pit accident when a fellow player poured petrol onto the fire, and the can caught alight. They received treatment for burns to their hands, face and legs.
Lions bounce back to beat Western Province
Meanwhile, the Lions bounced back from their opening weekend defeat to the Pumas with what became a thrilling yet tense 38-32 win over a heavily-fancied Western Province in a Currie Cup clash at Ellis Park on Wednesday night.
The Lions had led 38-10 with 10 minutes to play, but were reduced to 13 men as their visitors mounted a comeback that came close to securing what would have been a stunning win.
The midweek clash, set to be a regular feature in this year’s competition, saw the hosts dominate for large periods.
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WP captain Ernst van Rhyn had said in the build-up to the contest that the Lions would be “hurting” after their Pumas disappointment and he expected them to bounce back strongly.
That proved to be the case, with the Lions running in a total of six tries to four from their visitors.
The Lions were 24-10 leaders at half-time, thanks to tries from Sibusiso Sangweni, Rabz Maxwane, PJ Botha and Ruben Schoeman. WP had scored through No. 8 Juarno Augustus on 19 minutes, but that was the only joy they would have in the opening period.