“It’s A Good Lesson For Them” – Munster React To Petrol Explosion That Injured Four Players
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Munster coach Stephen Larkham says the four players who were injured following a fire pit petrol explosion will have learned a valuable lesson.
CJ Stander, Mike Haley, Damian de Allende and RG Snyman were all injured following an incident on Saturday that resulted in them getting burned after someone poured petrol onto a fire pit.
Stander and Haley “sustained burns to their hands” and “may” return to training this week but de Allende and Snyman suffered “more substantial burns to legs, hands, and face” and will require specialist treatment.
The players were rushed to hospital but thankfully the burns were not as bad as initially feared.
“There’s a lot of relief at the moment,” Larkham said ahead of Munster’s Rainbow Cup fixture with Zebre
“We’ve heard most of the story and it was fairly scary for the boys. It could have been a lot worse, so there’s a lot of relief amongst the team.
“From the coaches’ perspective, it was just an accident. They’re all grown men, responsible men and it just got away from them. We’re just lucky it hasn’t been worse.
“Some of the boys are still struggling but thankfully they’re not in a lot of pain. But there is some significant damage there and it will take a while. It’s a good lesson for them and it will be a good lesson for anyone who reads up on the story.
“You’ve got to respect things around a fire pit. They’re still reeling but they’ll bounce back soon.”
The Australian added that it’s “too early” to say if de Allende or Snyman will be fit for Springboks selection against the Lions next month.
“It’s too early to say at this stage from my perspective,” Larhamn added
“They’ve seen the specialist and will see the specialist again on Friday. At this stage, we’ll be handing them over to the Springboks at some stage over the next month or so depending on how their rehab is going, particularly for RG where he’s in a rehab programme anyway.
“We want to make sure he’s at a sufficient level before we send him over there to the Springboks but basically, where we’re sitting right now, their next port of call is going to be with the Springboks.
“We’ll make a decision as to when they get to move onto the Springboks.”