Cheetahs welcome back big guns
HAD it not been for their participation in the Guinness Pro14, the Cheetahs could have long confirmed their spot in the Currie Cup semifinals.
By the time the Pro14 started, the Cheetahs were top of the Currie Cup standings – but since then their domestic form has dipped after missing key players due to their European journey.
The Cheetahs had been a fearless formation in the Currie Cup, beating the Sharks, Western Province, Pumas, Blue Bulls and Golden Lions, losing just once to Griquas.
A things stand, the Cheetahs are third on the log with 31 points and need a big performance against the Golden Lions in Johannesburg tomorrow if they are to make the top four.
And thanks to their lucky stars, the Free State side has no Pro 14 responsibilities in the next two weeks, meaning they can select their top guns for the clash.
Without needing a second invitation, Cheetahs coach Rory Duncan and director of rugby Franco Smith selected a strong line-up that will be led by experienced captain Torsten van Jaarsveld.
Top players like Boks loose forward Oupa Mohoje and winger Raymond Rhule have been named in the starting team, while Makazole Mapimpi and Rosko Specman will be the players to watch.
“This is an extremely important game for the Cheetahs. We will be pushing as hard as we can to get results,” Duncan said.
The race for the semis starts at 7pm tonight when the Blue Bulls host the Pumas at Loftus Versfeld.
FANCY FOOTWORK: Cheetahs’ utility back Rosko Specman.