Midfield blow for Cheetahs

Mon, 01 May 2017 19:52

INJURY UPDATE: The Cheetahs suffered a cruel midfield blow as they look to end a six-match losing streak.

Coming off a series of heavy losses - including defeats to the Chiefs (27-41) and Crusaders (21-48) in Bloemfontein - the Cheetahs host the high-flying Highlanders on Friday.

Cheetahs coach Franco Smith confirmed to rugby365 that powerful centre Nico Lee will be sidelined for four to six weeks with an ankle injury.

This means that not only will he miss the encounter with a Highlanders team that put 57 points past the Stormers the past weekend, Lee will also miss the three-match road trip later this month - which includes matches against the Blues and Hurricanes in New Zealand.

Lee will only be available again when the Cheetahs return from the June international break.

The good news is that flyhalf Fred Zeilinga has recovered from his injury and will most likely be available this week.

"There are no other major injuries [from the loss to the Crusaders]," Smith told rugby365.

William Small-Smith is likely to come into the midfield to partner captain Francois Venter - who appeared in his 50th Super Rugby match in the loss to the Crusaders last Saturday. 

By Jan de Koning
@king365ed
@rugby365com

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
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
SUPER RUGBY
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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