The Free State Cheetahs’ coaching team will have to make another change at flyhalf if Chris Rossouw does not recover in time to take the field against the Falcons on Friday evening at 19:10 in their Currie Cup match in Brakpan.
Pieter Jordaan writes in Volksblad that Rossouw has been struggling ever since the Cheetahs’ game against Griquas on August 9 to recover fully from the effects of a hard blow to the head, and the injury could again possibly keep him out of Friday evening’s important match.
Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské said on Tuesday that Rossouw will see a neurosurgeon on Wednesday for another examination before he could even be considered for the game.
Jacques-Louis Potgieter stood in for Rossouw at flyhalf during Tuesday’s practice. He has had a seesaw season this year, especially since having been first-choice flyhalf for the Cheetahs in the Super 14 series.
He has since been loaned to the Griffons, but again used as a replacement back by Free State in the meantime.
Bosman could play at No 10
The Cheetahs’ coaching team is now likely to utilise Potgieter at flyhalf and retain Tewis de Bruyn, who has done duty as both flyhalf and No 9, at scrumhalf.
Indications on Tuesday were that Meyer Bosman may also play flyhalf during the match.
Another player recently loaned to the Griffons, Hennie Daniller, should return as a substitute to the Cheetahs if Rossouw is not available.
The Cheetahs are under pressure to score a convincing win over the Falcons in order to improve their points difference on the Currie Cup log in case they and Western Province or the Lions end up with an equal number of league points.
Rossouw is not the only Cheetah that may not be able to make the trip to Brakpan, as skipper Juan Smith is suffering from a neck injury.
If Smith has not recovered by Thursday, Hendro Scholtz will take over from him and former Falcons player Schalk van der Merwe will come in as a substitute.
The experienced Scholtz himself had to get stitches in his ear after being injured in a contact situation during practice on Tuesday.
Drotské said on Tuesday he would nevertheless consider Smith, despite a request from Springbok coach Peter de Villiers that some Bok players be rested.
“I see WP are selecting all their Boks, so then I’ll also consider him (Smith),” said the Cheetahs coach.Tweet