Petersen blow for Cheetahs

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 14:17

INJURY UPDATE: The Cheetahs will be without the services of star wing Sergeal Petersen for at least the next month.

Cheetahs coach Franco Smith, who spent a substantial portion of this week in Cape Town after being appointed as a Springbok assistant coach, confirmed that Petersen will be sidelined for four to six weeks with medial collateral ligament damage.

He suffered the injury in last Saturday's 25-28 loss to the Lions in the opening round of Super Rugby.

Seasoned Sevens Springbok Ryno Benjamin will come into the starting XV, to fill the void created by Petersen's injury, when the Cheetahs host the Bulls in Round Two in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

Smith also confirmed that none of his previously injured players - including captain Francois Venter - will return this week.

Venter, who underwent ankle surgery in December after aggravating a previous injury on South Africa's year-end tour, is expected to return to action against Sunwolves in Bloemfontein on March 11.

Others not available this week include William Small-Smith (fractured hand), Michael van der Spuy (concussion) and Shaun Venter (hamstring injury).

Props Luan de Bruin (lumbar disc) and Erich de Jager (plantar fasciitis) will both miss the entire season with injuries.

Smith, speaking to rugby365 ahead of the Round Two encounter with the Bulls, said they have been working very hard on the breakdowns this week.

He felt that is one aspect that cost them against the Lions.

"We will also look to improve our confidence and build continuity with ball in hand," the Cheetahs coach said.

"We said from the outset that we will 'build an innings' in Super Rugby, just as we did in the Currie Cup.

"Only time on the pitch will improve that."

By Jan de Koning
@king365ed
@rugby365com

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Sat, 29 July 2017
Crusaders v Chiefs 07h35 Christchurch
Golden Lions v Griquas 10h00 Johannesburg
Lions v Hurricanes 12h30 Ellis Park
Sharks v Pumas 15h00 Durban
Sun, 30 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Western Province 12h30 Bloemfontein
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 23 July 2017
Pumas v Golden Lions 43 | 36
Sat, 22 July 2017
Griquas v Blue Bulls 45 | 51
Stormers v Chiefs 11 | 17
Lions v Sharks 23 | 21
Crusaders v Highlanders 17 | 0
Fri, 21 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Sharks 47 | 12
Brumbies v Hurricanes 16 | 35
Sat, 15 July 2017
Sharks v Lions 10 | 27
Bulls v Stormers 33 | 41
Force v Waratahs 40 | 11
Hurricanes v Crusaders 31 | 22
Chiefs v Brumbies 28 | 10
Sunwolves v Blues 43 | 21
Fri, 14 July 2017
Kings v Cheetahs 20 | 21
Rebels v Jaguares 29 | 32
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 6 0 9 34
Force 15 6 0 9 26
Reds 15 4 0 11 21
Waratahs 15 4 0 11 19
Rebels 15 1 1 13 9
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 15 14 0 1 63
Hurricanes 15 12 0 3 58
Chiefs 15 12 1 2 57
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 51
Blues 15 7 1 7 37
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 0 5 43
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Bulls 15 4 0 11 20
Sunwolves 15 2 0 13 12
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 15 14 0 1 65
Sharks 15 9 1 5 42
Jaguares 15 7 0 8 33
Kings 15 6 0 9 28