Saturday 16 December 2017

Smit downplays arm injury

South Africa captain John Smit has not been ruled out of the World Cup, despite picking up an arm injury during Saturday's 14-9 Tri Nations loss to Australia.

A final assessment on the severity of the injury will be made today, but the Springbok captain was playing it down.

"I sort of pushed the arm more back when I shifted to tight-head and went off as a precaution," Smit said. "It's probably nothing that elastoplast can't fix."

Other players that will be assessed along with Smit are Frans Steyn (hamstring) and flanker Danie Rossouw (shoulder).

Despite a third successive loss in this year's competition, Smit felt his side are improving.

"There was some progress, but we needed to convert some territory into points in the first half," he said.

"So 6-0 at half-time is probably where we lost this game. It's a horrible Test to lose because it's not like we didn't have a reasonable amount of control, we just didn't convert it."

Inside-centre Pat McCabe got Australia's try when he went over in the 48th minute for his maiden Test five-pointer, and James O'Connor kicked three penalties as the Wallabies overturned a six-point half-time deficit.

Irish Independent

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