LITESPORT STEVE BORTHWICK bravely refused to leave the field until victory was assured against Harlequins on Saturday -- an act of courage which will not impress England boss Martin Johnson. The Saracens captain -- scheduled to leadEnglandintoatoughtrioof autumn Tests in November -- is just the latest in alongseriesof injurydoubtsforJohnno before his Twickenham dates with Aus- tralia, Argentina and New Zealand. Borthwickwentdownwithwhatlooked a serious rib injury but Brendan Venter, the Sarries director of rugby who is also a qualified doctor, said today: Steve will have a scan later but the indications are that he may not have a break, just carti- lage damage which means he could even play for us at the weekend. Of course, we will have to wait and seethescanresultsbutourmedicalstaff are more hopeful having spoken to Steve today who is feeling better. Borthwick was hurt in the a 22-9 win over Quins, who are looking seriously wounded by the Bloodgate scandal. England are already without London Irish full-back Delon Armitage and Brives former Wasps centre Riki Flutey -- both require shoulder surgery. Venter said: Steve is playing really well, which is fantastic for England. He is a serious world-class international lock. It would be a blow if it turns out to be a broken rib but we will deal with that if it comes. Quins,rootedtothebottomof thetable after Saturdays defeat, are having more problems to deal with as Jordan-Turner Hall,seenasapossibleTestreplacement for Flutey, suffered a shoulder injury while David Strettle injured his foot. Head coach John Kingston said: We are letting some decent sides get away from us already but our aspirations are to be at the top end of the table and we know its spread over 22 matches. It is disappointing but the only way we can deal with it is by getting back on the horse on Friday night when we play Newcastle. We have to get parts of our game going again. Sarries victory leaves them in second place in the Guinness Premiership behind Wasps. LondonIrisharethirdafterathumping 56-7 victory over newly-promoted Leeds with wing Adam Thompstone claiming three of Irishs five second-half tries. Director of rugby, Toby Booth is increas- ingly confident his men can repeat their Premiership final appearance. Hesaid:Theresamentalityshiftwith the players because we have been learn- ing lessons as we go, but there comes a point when you have to start doing things. This group want to kick on and thats why you saw that sort of perform- ance from us out there. The Premiership is a very, very diffi- cult competition. There are some sides who are very wellcoachedandverywellfinanced,and its a tough ask to win it. If we can continue to maintain that improvement each week then I dont see why we cant be in a good position come next May. 40 Monday, 21 September 2009 London Lite Waldouck can play Flutey role for Jonno TONY HANKS, not content with taking Wasps to the top of the Premiership, is now advising Martin Johnson on the make-up of his England side. ThenewWaspsdirectorof rugby -- fresh from yesterdays 23-3 tri- umph over Worcester Warriors --todaysuggestedcentreDominic Waldouck as the perfect replace- ment for former Adams Park favourite Riki Flutey. Flutey, who needs surgery on an injured shoulder after the Lions tour, has been replaced by Wal- douck in the Wasps No12 shirt since his departure to France at the end of last season. And the 21-year-old from Latymer School in Hammersmith has taken to his new role like a Injured Murray decides its time for a wrist ANDY MURRAY will see a wrist specialist later today before planning out the rest of his year following Great Britains Davis Cup defeat by Poland at Liverpools Echo Arena. The world No3 played on all three days of this weekends tie despite the problem in his left wrist, which has troubled Murray since the Cincinnati Masters last month. The 22-year-old won both his singles matches in straight sets but lost the doubles rubber with Ross Hutchins on Saturday, and that proved crucial. The match came down to the fifth rubber between Davis Cup rookie Dan Evans and Michal Przysiezny yesterday, and the Pole easily came out on top to condemn Britain to relegation to Europe/Africa Zone Group II. Murray said of his injury, which affects him on his favourite double- handed backhand: The pains bearable but I need to decide what to do next because its such a short turnaround at the end of the year and the preparations for Australia have to be very good because of the (hot) conditions so I need to decide when I can fit in a long break. Whether thats 14 days or longer, you just have to be careful with wrists and not keep playing when theres something wrong because the problem doesnt go away. Theres a big tournament in London at the end of the year and I want to make sure Im fit for that, he added in reference to the ATP World Tour finals at the O2 in November. The Poland defeat was Britains fourth in a row and condemned them to the third tier of the competition alongside the likes of Monaco and Ireland for the first time since a two- year spell in the mid 90s, and only the second time ever. Dan and blast: losing rookie Evans with John LloydHeading out: Murray in Liverpool by geoff teather guinness premiership P W D L F A Pts Wasps 3 3 0 0 66 33 12 saracens 3 3 0 0 59 39 12 London IrIsh 3 2 0 1 110 35 11 NhAmPtoN 3 2 0 1 63 50 9 Leicester 3 2 0 1 42 30 9 sALe 3 1 1 1 43 53 6 Worcester 3 1 0 2 47 50 5 BAth 3 1 0 2 45 53 5 GLoucester 3 1 0 2 48 72 4 NeWcAstLe 3 0 2 1 31 40 4 LeeDs c 3 0 1 2 23 92 12 harLequIns 3 0 0 3 33 63 1 Brave Borthwick could yet be fit for England duty The show must go on: Steve Borthwick has treatment during the win over Harlequins, but he refused to leave until the game was won by neal collins Have a nice trip: Dominic Waldouck Waldouck to water. Hanks said: Dom was probably one of the key performersforWaspslastyear,for theEnglandSaxonsinthesummer and he showed his quality today, in a position he doesnt usually play and on his first hit-out of the season. Both defensively and with the ball he was a threat. If you look at the way people want to use a 12, it is more than just a crash man. In terms of carrying there are not many stronger than Dom around. If you look at kicking, the last try was a skilful piece of work and in terms of passing he can do that both short and wide. Dominic has got the skill-set and I would love to see him playing for England. H index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html