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Matfield, Botha both battling injuries at WCup

Matfield, Botha both battling injuries at WCup

Defending champion South Africa may go into its opening match at the Rugby World Cup without either member of its world-record secondrow partnership.
Veteran lock Victor Matfield told a news conference Wednesday that he has a hamstring strain and is hopeful but not certain to play against Wales on Sunday, while it is increasingly unlikely Bakkies Botha, his partner in a record 62 tests, will take the field.
He says "we're still rehabilitating it. We'll have a look on Friday but we believe I'll be able to play."
"I don't know if he (Botha) will be ready for Sunday but hopefully he'll be ready for next week."