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Mariette Adams

Viljoen to miss final


EW Viljoen and Huw Jones chat with a medical assistant EW Viljoen and Huw Jones chat with a medical assistant

Western Province coach John Dobson has confirmed that centre EW Viljoen will not take part in next week’s Currie Cup final against the Sharks. MARIETTE ADAMS reports.

Viljoen started at outside centre against the Golden Lions, but in the 35th minute of the semi-final, he sustained a hamstring injury and was replaced by Werner Kok, with Ruhan Nel shifting from wing to midfield.

‘We took quite a few knocks today. With EW out, we’ve got quite a few other options. There’s SP Marais and Craig Barry,’ said Dobson.

Openside flank Jaco Coetzee was another first-half casualty, but Dobson was full of praise for his replacement Sikhumbuzo Notshe.

‘Jaco didn’t pass the HIA [head injury assesment]. He was going really well before the injury. But I thought Notshe had his best game in a while. He hadn't started a lot of games, so I’m really chuffed for him,’ explained Dobson.

Lock JD Schickerling (ankle) and wing Werner Kok (concussion) are also in doubt for the final.

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Photo: Carl Fourie/Gallo Images

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