Heinz Schenk
1 minute read
18 Aug 2014
2:37 pm

Bruising derby takes toll on Cheetahs

Heinz Schenk

Saturday's bruising central Currie Cup derby between the Cheetahs and Griquas has taken its toll, especially on the senior provincial neighbour.

Boom Prinsloo of Toyota Free State Cheetahs during the Absa Currie Cup match between Toyota Cheetahs and GWK Griquas. File picture: Charle Lombard/Gallo Images

The Cheetahs will be without a trio of players for their match against the Sharks on Saturday evening.

Versatile loose forward Boom Prinsloo, who was stretchered off during the 34-27 win, is out with a groin injury whilst flyhalf Elgar Watts is struggling with a knee complaint.

Watts’ absence leaves the Cheetahs dangerously thin in the No 10 jersey.

Meanwhile, poor rookie prop Luan de Bruin also faces a lengthy period on the sidelines.

He sustained a perversely spectacular concussion stemming from a massive head clash that had the blood flowing.

Two-try winger Raymond Rhule’s injury, however, doesn’t look as bad and he’ll be in the selection mix together with new recruit Clayton Blommetjies.

A call on Lappies Labuschagne and Caylib Oosthuizen will be made later in the week.