Djustice Duru-Sears’ season ended abruptly last Saturday when the powerhouse prop broke his fibula in a tackle against King Country at the Whitestone Contracting Stadium.
The Canadian said he wasn’t aware of how serious the injury was after taking the heavy hit but his left leg will now be in cast for the next six weeks before he begins rehab.
“I heard a crack, I knew I was injured but not how bad because I’ve never broken my leg before, so I didn’t know how bad it was,” he said.
Duru-Sears said he’d learnt a lot since arriving from Toronto at the beginning of the club season where he donned the gold and blue of Valley and was bitterly disappointed to be told his season was over.
“I was really disappointed because I’ve enjoyed playing for North Otago, enjoyed the community of the boys,” he said.
“It’s a shame I couldn’t be there to help out more but it’s all part of the game, so you just have to deal with it and keep moving on.”
Despite the frustrating results so far, Duru-Sears believes the Old Golds will come good in Paeroa against Thames Valley tomorrow and kick-start their faltering Heartland campaign.
“It’s been disappointing with the results because we have a good team,” he said.
“There’s been moments where we’ve done pretty well and other moments have been a little bad but it’s a learning experience for me and the other guys that are here for their first year.
“I think they’ll do well. they’ve come ready to play so they’ll play well, we’re a very good team, we’ve just got to show up there.”
The Torontonian is confident of making a speedy recovery and is pleased with the support from he has received from his teammates and the North Otago Rugby Union.
“I want to get back as soon as I can and keep playing, it’s just a little speed bump in my career,” he said.
“I’m definitely positive with it, I know I can heal from this and keep playing because I love the sport.
“They’ve called and asked how I’m doing and a couple of guys came with me to the hospital in Dunedin. It makes you feel good, and lets you know they still care about you.”
North Otago coach Mike Mullins said Duru-Sears was adapting well to New Zealand rugby.
“It’s unfortunate that DJ has been hit by injury. On the plus side we have Palenapa Mafi just back from injury so won’t loose anything at our set piece,” he said.
“He was making good progress adjusting to NZ style of rugby. He was a strong scrummager and had a very deceptive turn of speed.”
Whether the 20-year-old will remain in North Otago for the rest of the campaign is undecided, but the prop remains determined to one day pull on the red jersey of Canada at a World Cup, and if his recovery is as quick as his turn of pace, not many would bet against it.
By JAMES FORD
PHOTO: JAMES FORD
POSITIVE: Djustice Duru-Sears will miss the rest of the Heartland Campaign after breaking his fibula against King Country last Saturday.