Cheetahs sweating over key players

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 12:38

INJURY UPDATE: Cheetahs coach Franco Smith will be forgiven if he is a touch distracted this week.

While on a three-day Springbok training camp in Johannesburg - as one of the new members of Bok coach Allister Coetzee's backroom staff -  Smith will be sweating over the fitness of a number of key players.

Smith confirmed that injuries - suffered in the impressive 34-28 win over the Bulls at the weekend - are his biggest concern ahead of the Round Three encounter with the Sunwolves on Saturday.

Star lock Reniel Hugo, who injured his knee against the Bulls, is the most serious.

He could face a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Fellow forwards Retshegofaditswe Nche and Uzair Cassiem will undergo scans to determine the extent of the damage suffered to their medial collateral ligaments.

"They will be assessed before a call is made [on their availability]," the Cheetahs coach said.

Centre Clinton Swart took a blow to the ribs and will also be assessed.

Wing Sergeal Petersen, who suffered medial collateral ligament damage against the Lions in Round One, will be on the sidelines for another three to five weeks.

The good news is that captain Francois Venter is expected to be available for selection this week.

Venter, who underwent ankle surgery in December after aggravating a previous injury on South Africa's year-end tour, could lead the team against Sunwolves in Bloemfontein on Saturday, March 11.

Others who could return 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 said he accepted from the outset that injuries were going to be part of their season and is happy with the depth in the squad.


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Fri, 26 May 2017
Blues v Chiefs 07h45 Auckland
Reds v Force 09h45 Suncorp Stadium
Sat, 27 May 2017
Sunwolves v Cheetahs 05h15 Tokyo
Highlanders v Waratahs 07h35 Dunedin
Rebels v Crusaders 09h45 Melbourne
Bulls v Hurricanes 13h05 Loftus Versfeld
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 13h30 London
Sharks v Stormers 15h15 Kings Park
Munster v Scarlets 17h15 Dublin
Jaguares v Brumbies 21h40 Buenos Aires
Sun, 28 May 2017
Lions v Kings 12h30 Ellis Park Stadium
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 11 4 0 7 23
Waratahs 11 4 0 7 19
Reds 11 3 0 8 16
Force 11 3 0 8 13
Rebels 11 1 1 9 8
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 12 12 0 0 54
Hurricanes 11 9 0 2 43
Chiefs 11 9 0 2 43
Highlanders 12 9 0 3 41
Blues 12 6 0 6 31
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 11 7 0 4 30
Bulls 11 3 0 8 15
Cheetahs 12 2 0 10 11
Sunwolves 11 1 0 10 7
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 12 11 0 1 51
Sharks 12 8 1 3 38
Jaguares 11 5 0 6 24
Kings 11 4 0 7 19