Kabamba Floors’s season took another dive on Tuesday when the Springbok loose forward was omitted, for disciplinary reasons, from the Cheetahs rugby squad.
Pieter Jordaan reports for News24.
The Currie Cup champions play the Blue Bulls at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday but Floors won’t travel to Pretoria.
He has been suspended for one match for, according to information received, missing the team’s flight home from Cape Town last weekend.
Floors was also dropped from the Cheetahs’ Super 14 squad earlier this year. It was said then that he was unable, for personal reasons, to attend all team practices.
Unhappy about the limited game time he received at the Cheetahs, he later decided to make himself available for the SA Sevens squad instead.
Now it seems he missed the team’s flight to Bloemfontein after last week’s match against Western Province.
Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské confirmed on Tuesday that Floors had been suspended for one match.
“We handled the matter internally and I had a long discussion with him,” Drotské said. “We know where we stand with each other.
“He has been punished in the same way as any other player. What goes for one goes for all.”
Darron Nell, who leaves for France next week to play for Castres, will take Floors’s place among the substitutes on Saturday.
The Cheetahs will again be without their leading playmaker. Centre Meyer Bosman still has a hamstring problem and will also miss the match at Loftus.
Hendrik Meyer and JW Jonker will again man the midfield, with Robert Ebersohn on the bench.
Drotské said after last week’s match at a drenched Newlands that Bosman’s absence had been a major setback. His kicking could have made a big difference.
However, tighthead props Kobus Calldo and Phillip Lemmer have recovered from their calf-muscle injuries. They will be fit to play on Saturday.
Flyhalf Chris Rossouw caused some consternation during training on Tuesday when he experienced some discomfort from a hamstring. He took no further part in the session but he is expected to be fit for the Loftus clash.
Tewis de Bruyn trained at flyhalf after Rossouw had left the field.
The Cheetahs team: Bevin Fortuin, Eddie Fredericks, JW Jonker, Hendrik Meyer, Jongi Nokwe, Chris Rossouw, Neil Powell, Schalk van der Merwe, Hendro Scholtz (capt), Heinrich Brüssow, Barend Pieterse, Flip van der Merwe, Kobus Calldo, Adriaan Strauss, Wian du Preez.
Replacements: Jaco du Toit, Phillip Lemmer, David de Villiers, Darron Nel, Tewis de Bruyn, Robert Ebersohn and Fabian Juries.Tweet