The Free State Cheetahs might have lost flank Heinrich Brüssow to injury for at least a month, but the impressive form of two Cheetahs rookies will have eased the pain considerably for assistant coach Helgard Muller.
Brüssow picked up an ankle injury late in the Cheetahs’ 55-14 Currie Cup win over the Falcons at Vodacom Park last Friday, report Phil Coetzer on www.rugby365.com.
The match proved to be a very busy one for Brüssow, who not only managed to sustain a fairly serious injury, but also scored a try and picked up rare yellow card for foul language.
Cheetahs assistant coach Helgard Muller on Monday confirmed to rugby365.com that the flank will be out for some time.
“It’s not looking too good,” Muller said. “Heinrich will be out for around four to six weeks with his ankle problem.
“The scans confirmed that he suffered a grade two to grade three ligament tear,” said Muller.
The Cheetahs will now look for loose forward cover in the shape of Duanne Vermeulen, Ashley Johnson and the returning Nico Breedt, who is apparently in the process of completing a new contract with the Cheetahs, according to Volksblad.
However, Breedt’s inclusion to the Cheetahs fold is not a given as yet, as Muller confirmed on Monday that the player’s deal has not been officially ratified by the Cheetahs management.
“Nico is not with the squad at the moment,” said Muller. “I’m not sure about his contract situation at this stage.
“But we do have young Ashley Johnson on the reserve bench, and he will be covering loose forward for us.”
Another player returning to form at the right time for the Bloemfontein team is Kabamba Floors, who was one of various Free State players to star on Friday night.
Floors was one of three players to score two tries on the night.
Free State’s newest stars, South Africa Under-20 players Robert Ebersohn and Wilton Pietersen, also scored two tries apiece against the Falcons to open their Currie Cup accounts.
Ebersohn looked especially comfortable at inside centre and penetrated the Falcons backline with ease in only his second start for the Cheetahs.
Similarly, Pietersen had a dream debut off the bench, and added plenty of impact with his two scores.
Muller waxed lyrical about his two young turks, and praised them for their resilience after being chucked straight into the fire of Currie Cup action.
“I think we all expected big things from them, and they have shown their undoubted potential,” Muller enthused.
“Now it’s a case of continuing to grow and improve, as we don’t want them to be a ‘flash in the pan’.
“It is important for both players to grab the opportunities they have, and to keep working hard.
“But we’re very impressed with their contributions so far, and we’re very lucky to have such talented players here with us at the Cheetahs.”
The Cheetahs are currently at the top of the Currie Cup standings, one point ahead of the Blue Bulls, who have a game in hand.Tweet