Returned from Injury into Round 8:
Kieran Read (Crusaders) – A massive return for the All Blacks captain. 66 minutes off the bat helped him produce 1 Try, 12 Runs for 76 metres, 7 Tackle breaks, 2 Offloads, 1 Linebreak, 1 Linebreak Create, 4 Lineout Takes, 2 Tackles for 66 points
Richie Mo’unga (Crusaders) – Mo’unga didn’t miss a beat making an immediate impact against the chiefs. He played 80minutes for 1 Try Assist, 3/6 Conversions, 8 Runs for 59 Metres, 5 Tackle Busts, 1 Linebreak Create and 6 Tackles (38 points)
Jack Goodhue (Crusaders) – 50 minutes, he didn’t quite have the impact of some of his returning team mates. Still managed 2 Try Assists, 5 Runs for 48 Metres, 2 Tackle Busts, 1 Linebreak and 2 Tackles (28 Points)
Quade Cooper (Reds) – Cooper was in full flight on his return from suspension for the Reds. He played 70 minutes, had 2 Try Assist, 6/7 Conversions, 5 Runs for 29 metres, 1 Tackle Bust, 2 Offloads, 2 Linebreak Create, 3/4 Tackles. He was also largely responsible for at least 2 more tries (41Points).
Sefa Naivalu (Rebels) – Flying Sefa looked back to his best after dislocating his shoulder only a few weeks ago. In an 80minute performance he bagged 1 Try with 6 Runs for 84 metres, 4 Tackle Busts, 2 Linebreaks, 8/10 Tackles (48 Points).
Sam Cane (Chiefs) – In his return from Concussion Cane played the full 80 minutes for the Chiefs, making 1 Try Assist, 5 Runs for 22metres, 1 Tackle Busts, 1 Linebreak Create, 1 Turn over forced, 2 Penalties conceded and 8/11 Tackles (20 Points)
Lopeti Timani (Rebels) – Played a roll in the Rebels tight win over the Brumbies without being spectacular. In his 60 minutes he managed 7 Runs for 40 metres, 4 Tackle Busts, 1 Offload, 7/7 Tackles, 2 Lineout Takes, 1 Penalty Forced and 1 Yellow Card (32 Points).
Sergeal Petersen (Cheetahs) – Couldn’t get in on the try fest against the Chiefs in his 80 minutes, he did however make 8 Runs for 76 metres with 3 Tackle Busts and 1 Offload, 1 Linebreak Create and 4/6 Tackles (30 Points).
Lionel Mapoe (Lions) – Struggled to make an impact in his return, outshone by his centre partner Harold Vorster (18 Points)
Ardie Savea (Hurricanes) – Ardie looked off the pace on his return against the Blues this week (19 Points)
Jano Vermaak (Stormers) – Failed to make his presence felt (4 points)
Seta Tamanivalu (Crusaders) – Failed to make an impact after a minute yellow card and concussion in the 21st minute. Scott Robertson expressed his frustration with Seta being listed as concussed despite not getting the chance to complete a concussion assessment (12 points)
New Injuries Round 8:
Shota Emi (Sunwolves) – Fractured rib out until Rd 11, also in the Brave Blossoms squad in the Asian Rugby Championship so he may not be back.
Liaki Moli (Sunwolves) – Concussion – Sent home to Japan, likely back after their bye in Rd 13.
Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco (Sunwolves) – Concussion.
Seta Tamanivalu (Crusaders) – Concussion first half, said to be suffering no symptoms so likely back next wk for Rd 9.
Michael Fatialofa (Hurricanes) – knee injury – Only news so far is the coach saying it looks serious. Our resident physio has said it is likely the MCL (Best case 4-6wks) or ACL (out for the season).
Toni Pulu (Chiefs) – Looks to have injured his right knee when scoring in the 29th min. He did manage to play on until the 65th minute. Watch this space.
Mitchell Brown (Chiefs) – Concussion. To be assessed this week.
Anton Lienert-Brown (Chiefs) – Rennie described it as “a smack on the knee” – In doubt for Rd 9.
Oupa Mohoje (Cheetahs) – Back Injury, in doubt for Rd 9.
Niel Marais (Cheetahs) – Hard knock to the knee, in doubt for Rd 9.
Ox Nche (Cheetahs) – Injured his upper leg, in doubt for Rd 9.
Sergeal Petersen (Cheetahs) – Reaggravated his hamstring, in doubt for Rd 9.
Israel Folau (Waratahs) – has still not recovered 100 per cent from the virus that nearly sidelined him from the Hurricanes match last round – Expected to play.
Andrew Kellaway (Waratahs) – Ruled out for three to six weeks with facial fracture, expected back Rd Rd 12-14.
Lopeti Timani (Rebels) – To miss 4 games for kneeing Rory Arnold, Back Rd 13.
Ben McCalman (Force) – Shoulder soreness, surely only 1 week. Assumed back Rd 10.
Rohan Janse Van Rensburg (Lions) – LCL & Posterolateral corner injury. Out for 12 weeks, Should be the season.
Matt Philip (Force) – Foot, no news on return yet.
Richie Arnold (Force) – Calf, no news yet.
Michael Ruru (Force) – Injured not sure with what.
Andries Coetzee (Lions) – Concussion – Started the return to play protocol, aiming to play Rd 9.
SP Marais (Stormers) – Injured
Jaco Kriel (Lions) – Cited for hitting Rob du Preez in the head with his elbow as he charged down a kick. Cleared to play this week against the Jaguares.
Yaw Penxe (Kings) – Concussion – Returned to South Africa earlier in the week
Malcolm Jaer (Kings) – Sustained a knee injury after the Western Force game – No word on a return date yet.
Ruaan Lerm (Kings) – Rested or injured? Bracketed on the bench.
The Tackle that ended Tamanivalu’s night.
Likely Back This Week:
Ash Dixon (Highlanders) – Back Injury – potential back for Rd 9.
Waisake Naholo (Highlanders) – Hamstring – expected back for Rd 9.
Lima Sopoaga (Highlanders) – Hamstring – potential back for Rd 9.
Rob Thompson (Highlanders) – On Bereavement leave since Rd 6 following the death of his father. No word on his return
Ryan Crotty (Crusaders) – Ankle injury. No announcement but could be back Rd 9-10.
Rob Horne (Waratahs) – Expected to play at 13 this week.
Tom Robertson (Waratahs) – Expected back from concussion- will play tighthead while Kepu is banned for 1 week.
Angus Ta’avao (Waratahs) – Expected back after six months out with injury. Successfully made his comeback through the Shute Shield for Norths. On the bench behind Paddy Ryan.
Toby Smith (Rebels) – Hamstring Rd 9-10, away on tour.
Josh Mann-Rea (Brumbies) – Recovered quicker than expected, set to start Rd 9.
Cobus Wiese (Stormers) – In the squad to tour NZ, should return this week after his Shoulder injury.
Uzair Cassiem (Cheetahs) – Knee injury in Rd 2 (MCL Grd 2), likely back Rd 9.
Jacobie Adriaanse (Bulls) – Concussion in Rd 7. Back this week for Rd 9.
Renaldo Bothma (Bulls) – Red Card rd 4, issued with 4 week ban. Due back Rd 9.
Dillon Smit (Lions) – Set to return from a hip injury.
Ross Geldenhuys (Kings) – makes a return to the team following a neck spasm
Harumichi Tatekawa (Sunwolves) – Knock on the knee. Expected to return this week.
Ongoing Injury List:
Nehe Milner-Skudder (Hurricanes) – Fractured Metatarsals (injured Rd 3). Failed to recover after 4 weeks in the boot, earliest could be Rd 13 but in doubt for the Lions tour (as warned by our resident physio in Rd 3).
Dane Coles (Hurricanes) – Calf injury. Unlikely to play Rd 9, should return Rd 11 following the bye.
Blade Thomson (Hurricanes) – Shoulder surgery – “two to three weeks away”
Reggie Goodes (Hurricanes) – Ongoing concussion symptoms – out for unknown time.
Loni Uhila (Hurricanes) – Calf injury – Could be back as early as Rd 9.
Nathan Harris (Chiefs) – Return in April from ACL reconstruction. Not in squad for South Africa.
Tim Nanai-Williams (Chiefs) – Dislocated shoulder rd 3. Return end of April
Charlie Ngatai (Chiefs) – Ongoing concussion symptoms. No eta on his return.
Johnny Fa’auli (Chiefs) – Suspended for 4 weeks due to a shoulder charge. Return Rd 10.
Ihaia West (Blues) – Ankle injury – will miss the next 4 weeks, expected back Rd 10.
Nepo Laulala (Chiefs) – Concussion. Absent from the 3 week touring squad.
Digby Ioane (Crusaders) – Re-aggravated his pinky finger injury now requiring an operation. Digby has said he was out for five weeks (back Rd 13) but his coach has said there is no timeframe on his recovery.
Israel Dagg (Crusaders) – Patella injury sustained rd 3. Likely back early May.
Jack Dempsey (Waratahs) – Right ankle/ leg injury sustained in rd 4. 8-12 wks out.
Leslie Leulua’iali’i-Makin (Brumbies) – TBA.
Kyle Godwin (Brumbies) – Broken Hand, Out for Rd 8 & 9.
Jordan Smiler (Brumbies) – Hamstring injury Rd 7, Larkham is expecting him to have at least a couple of weeks on the sidelines.
Adam Coleman (Force) – Will miss at least 2 more weeks due to a calf injury.
Jermaine Ainsley (Force) – Dislocated elbow, probably season.
Kane Koteka (Force) – Head knock. Will be assessed.
Sean McMahon (Rebels) – A knee injury has setback his return date until June.
Steve Cummins (Rebels) – Concussion, return date TBC.
Jordy Reid (Rebels) – Stress fracture in the back. Out for up to 6 weeks from Rd 6
Culum Retallick (Rebels) – Concussion, return date TBC.
Sam Jefferies (Rebels) – Ankle, indefinite.
Harley Fox (Rebels) – Ankle 10-12 weeks.
Semisi Tupou (Rebels) – Knee, 3-4 weeks.
Cruz Ah-Nau (Rebels) – Knee, 3-4 weeks.
Jack Maddocks (Rebels) – Playing in the Aussie U20’s squad
Tim Metcher (Rebels) – Foot, 2-4 weeks.
Sekope Kepu (Waratahs) – Suspension for 1 week (3 yellow cards this season) Back Rd 10
Keegan Daniel (Sharks) – Fractured Hand (12 weeks). Appears to be recovering fast.
Patrick Lambie (Sharks) – Fractured vertebrae in his lower back. Estimated at 5-7 weeks, Should be back around Rd 10-12.
Garth April (Sharks) – A late injury change before the Jaguares game in Rd 7 with a calf strain, no news on a return yet.
Lwazi Mvovo (Sharks) – “Hip Pointer” – bruising around the pelvis, could be back anywhere from Rd 9-14.
JD Schickerling (Stormers) – Ankle injury in Rd 7 – out for a few weeks.
Jean-Luc du Plessis (Stormers) – Is progressing well following a pelvic bone stress injury and should be available somewhere around Rd 9-12.
Juan De Jongh (Stormers) – MCL due back Rd 10. But not on tour to NZ so likely return Rd 12.
Scarra Ntubeni (Stormers) – Back running after ruptured achillies last year
Damian De Allende (Stormers) – Injured round 1, out for 3 months (syndesmosis)
Steph de Wit (Stormers) – Fractured his ankle, the bone healing well after surgery.
Rynhardt Elstadt (Stormers) – Complete syndesmosis, to undergo surgery and will be out for 3 months.
Seabelo Senatla (Stormers) – Foot. Likely back Rd 12 after NZ tour.
Cyle Brink (Lions) – Shoulder injury. Severity still unknown.
Dylan Smith (Lions) Shoulder operation – 4 months
Ruan Combrinck (Lions) – Shoulder operation in the off season. Likely return round 10.
Reniel Hugo (Cheetahs) – Knee injury Rd 2, Likely back Rd 10
CJ Velleman (Kings) – Knee, looking to return end of April.
Mzwanele Zito (Kings) – Concussion. Back any time.
Rudi Van Rooyen (Kings) – Ankle Surgery. Out for 12 weeks.
Schalk Ferreira (Kings) -Torn Biceps – had an operation, out for 12-16 weeks from Rd 6.
Waylon Murray (Kings) – Hamstring injury, sent home from tour of Aus. Waiting on further scans for more news.
Jaco Van Der Walt (Lions) – Dislocated foot, Hopefully back in 4 weeks (Rd 12)
Huw Jones (Stomers) – Torn hamstring, to undergo surgery.
John-Roy Jenkinson (Bulls) – Grade 2 hamstring injury. To miss at least 1 more week.
Arno Botha (Bulls) – Knee injury. Expected back Rd 13.
Ruan Steenkamp (Bulls) – Knee injury.Expected back Rd 13.
Jacques Potgieter (Bulls) – Hamstring Tear, No exact date set, but likely Rd 9-11
Dries Swanepoel (Bulls) – Expected back Rd 13.
JT Jackson (Bulls) – Expected back Rd 10-11
Jonny Kotze (Bulls) – Expected back Rd 10-11
Thomas Lavanini (Jaguares) – ACL reconstruction – expected back 9 months post op (June), although their medical team was targeting March (Take what the Jaguares medical staff say with a grain of salt!)
Matias Alemanno (Jaguares) – indirect hit to left shoulder, out for at least Rd 9 & 10.
Juan Manuel Leguizamón (Jaguares) – Knee Ligament Damage. Hoping for a return any week now.
Manuel Montero (Jaguares) – Reinjured on the road to recovery – we think hamstring?
Martin Landajo (Jaguares) – Could be back within the next few weeks – Rd 9-12??
Out for the Season:
Tomas Cubelli (Brumbies) – ACL
Brad Weber (Chiefs) – Broken Leg out for 6 months
Mitchell Graham (Chiefs) – Broken Leg
Jason Emery (Highlanders) – Ruptured Achilles
Leolin Zas (Stormers) – Broken Leg
Lausii Tauilali (Brumbies) – ACL
Christian Lealifano (Brumbies) – Leukemia
Howard Minsi (Lions) – ACL
James Broadhurst (Hurricanes) – Concussion ongoing
James Slipper (Reds) – Torn Achillies
Ryan Louwrens (Western Force) – Ruptured ACL
Chance Peni (Western Force) – Ruptured groin, likely out for the season.
Dom Shipperley (Rebels) – Knee
Pama Fou (Rebels) – Knee
Alex Toolis (Rebels) – Neck
Rob Leota (Rebels) – Knee
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Written by Harrison Dale