When it rains, it pours for some players.
That was the assessment of Western Province forwards coach Russell Winter of scrumhalf Godlen Masimla, who will miss Friday’s crucial Currie Cup trip to Kimberley because of injury (kickoff 7pm).
Masimla, who won his first start of the year for the Streeptruie against the Pumas last weekend, suffered an ankle injury in the encounter, while similarly unlucky centre EW Viljoen has also been ruled out of the clash because of a knee injury.
Both players only got their first team starts recently — like hooker Scarra Ntueni, who was also ruled out for the season because of injury after taking over as the WP No.2 from Bongi Mbonambi, who returns from Springbok duty.
Of the injury to Masimla, Winter says: “Godlen, I think he’s going to miss out – he has quite a bad ankle injury which might keep him out for a couple of weeks.
“Unfortunately, when it rains it pours for some of these players.
“They work so hard to get back and once they get back… it’s tough when you get thrown into a game like the Pumas where it’s a nice and physical game where you have to really front up.
“Then you run that risk of picking up an injury, because you’re not battle-weary.
“In saying that, the guys train hard and they’re physically up for it, it’s just the nature of the beast, I suppose, that you’re bound to pick up some injuries.”
Luckily for Province, the experienced Jano Vermaak should return to the squad after recovering from a hip injury.