Hard-running Kwagga Smith, who out-paced three Brumbies defenders to score the only, match-clinching, try in the tight affair in the Australian capital last Friday is expected to stay in the Lions No 6 jersey for the foreseeable future, including against the Bulls when they visit Ellis Park in the big Gauteng Super Rugby derby on Saturday.
And now the 23-year-old is in for an extended run at openside flank after news filtered through on Monday that Kriel, who kept Smith on the replacements’ bench for most of the Lions’ games this season, is not ready to return to action.
The Bok flanker, who is hoping to play all three Tests against France next month, has been sidelined for nearly four weeks after hurting his knee in the win against the Jaguares late last month.
The 27-year-old is doing what the Lions call “agility training” and is being monitored week to week. He is unlikely to play against the Bulls on Saturday.
By Farai Diza