A trio of Griquas players – two of them midweek Boks – are expected to make the Cheetahs side against the Crusaders this weekend as an increasingly desperate Naka Drotske looks to avoid yet another massive defeat on tour.
Davon Raubenheimer, who hardly covered himself with glory as the midweek SA team were beaten badly by Leicester last year, will come into the vacant number 8 jersey, last worn by the suspended Kabamba Floors. The latter, unable to train or play for five weeks due to a spear tackle, has been sent home in disgrace and may not be replaced. The continued non-availability of Bok Juan Smith means Barend Pieterse, a lock who only came out of retirement about 5 minutes ago, will again play on the flank. At least the Cheetahs won’t have to name their fitness trainer on the bench this week, but it must be pretty tempting for manager Helgaard Muller to pick himself in midfield, since at least he knows how to tackle.
Among the backs, scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius, who everybody apart from Drotske could tell is the best nine in the Cheetahs region and has been all season, will start alongside another Bok tourist in Riaan Viljoen. The latter, now picked at flyhalf, is more often a fullback, but has a huge educated boot and will look to keep his forwards moving, well, forward.
Not a lot to write home about, really, when you’re coming up against the Crusaders. I’d like to day that I truly believe these three will help the Cheetahs avoid a 50-point drubbing, but I would struggle to really mean it.Tweet