Rugby Players Suffer 3G Burns: The Scarlets have seen their training plans hindered ahead of Saturday’s Guinness PRO14 final against Leinster as a number of their players are nursing nasty burns and blisters after the semi-final victory over Glasgow on Scotstoun’s artificial surface.
Head coach Wayne Pivac has revealed he had to cancel training yesterday and a number of his players won’t be risked today because of the wounds they suffered during the 28-13 victory.
“There are a lot of bad burns,” said Pivac.
“No-one trained yesterday in terms of any rugby work on the field and there will be some who won’t train today which is unfortunate, but we will have a full training session on Thursday.
“It’s things that won’t stop them playing, but it’s not ideal.”
Pivac added: “We would always do a bit of a flush (training run) on a Monday, especially after a Friday game; but the main thing is to make the burns heals up. To run around and knock the skin off again is not the ideal situation.”
It is not the first time that artificial surfaces have come under the spotlight.
Pontypridd’s Sardis Road surface was investigated last season after Merthyr players complained of burns and cuts.
Pivac himself has also raised concerns about injuries suffered by his players at the Arms Park.
Asked to comment specifically on the Scotstoun pitch, he said: “It was very bad on the weekend. It was very dry.
“I am not sure what other teams have had, we had got a lot of burns, a lot of bad grazing and blisters. It was very firm.
“These things will heal up, but it is just frustrating at the early part of the week.
“It is what it is, you have got to play on them and you have got to accept, it but I am not a fan.”
Both Wales international Steff Evans and Kiwi full-back Johnny McNicholl spoke to the media at today’s press conference at Parc y Scarlets and both had nasty cuts and grazes to their arms and legs.
McNicholl said: “I have got a dozen of them. It has not been a couple of nice nights sticking to the sheets.
“It is not a nice pitch to play on.
“Under foot it is good when you are doing footwork. As soon as you hit the deck it affects your joints as well.
“I would prefer not to play on them. I remember going down on the deck for the ball and I got this massive grass burn on my backside.
“It was like a carpet burn. I said to the trainer straight after with a few swear words that I felt this pitch should be illegal.
“I don’t like playing on them because they are high risk for injury.
“I could not train yesterday because of the burns and my feet were numb.
“This is the only surface I have played on so I can’t judge anyone.
“I think they would be pretty similar especially on a dry day. It heats up and it is like carpet.
“You are not meant to slide and I did a few times. It was horrible.”
Evans added: “Obviously we didn’t train yesterday because a lot of players had burns and it is going to be tough one today again.
“These are going to be stuck with me for a while, it is a tough field that 4G.
“It was just really dry.
“It wasn’t soft, it was a hard ground, compared to the Arms Park and Saracens it was totally different.
“The weather didn’t help, it was like playing on carpet, it was shocking.
“It’s blisters with a bit of pus coming out. You are waking up in bed and the sheets are stuck to your leg about seven times a night. It is not great, you have just got to crack on.
“But you can’t concentrate on the burns, there is something more important to look forward to this weekend.”
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