danie doubt for boks

THOUGH the Springbok management expect him to be available for the Tri-Nations Test against the Wallabies in Perth on Saturday, there is a measure of concern about the hamstring injury Springbok utility forward Danie Rossouw sustained during a scrum training.

THOUGH the Springbok management expect him to be available for the Tri-Nations Test against the Wallabies in Perth on Saturday, there is a measure of concern about the hamstring injury Springbok utility forward Danie Rossouw sustained during a scrum training.

Team doctor Craig Roberts said yesterday that Rossouw was the only concern after both flank Juan Smith (ankle) and wing Odwa Ndungane (bruised hip) had run with the team yesterday.

They sat out last week's training sessions in Pretoria after the Springboks reassembled for their tour to Australasia.

"Danie picked up a mild hamstring strain during the scrumming on Saturday and we'll be managing him this week.

"We'll give Danie as long as possible to recover," Roberts said.

"He went for a scan (yesterday) and there's no disruption, just a little bleeding in the muscle. We'll be managing him and we're not too concerned," Roberts said.

Smith, who rolled his ankle against the Wallabies at Newlands two weeks ago, had his first run with the team yesterday, and Roberts said he was confident the flanker will be available for Saturday's match.

Smith had not trained since the Newlands Test but kept up well for half of yesterday's session.

Ndungane had a full practice and "will be ready for the match", Roberts said.

Replying to how he saw the All Blacks' 19-18 win over Australia on Saturday impacting on the Tri-Nations championship and the Boks' approach, Springbok coach Peter de Villiers said the win did not concern the Boks.

"We didn't concentrate on their result, it doesn't matter to us who wins," he said.

"We concentrate on our next match and we'll pour all our energy into the Perth match (against the Wallabies on Saturday).

"They're both strong sides, and there's little to choose between the three sides. On any day, any one of the sides can win.

"I thought it was a good game and physical," he said about Saturday's clash in Sydney.

He said the Boks would have to ensure they do not concede turnovers when they play Australia on Saturday.

De Villiers declined to comment on All Blacks coach Graham Henry's statement last week that South Africa played a dull sort of game with kicking as their main weapon. - Sapa

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