It seems that thumb injuries were the order of the day on Saturday, as Beeld reports that Siya Kolisis wasn’t the only player to break his during the third round of Currie Cup action.
Cheetahs loosehead prop Trevor Nyakane will be out of action for at least six weeks as the result of a thumb fracture sustained against Griquas in Kimberley, meaning a likely first start for Schalk van der Merwe in the number 1 jersey when the team is named to face the Sharks this Saturday.
Originally, the expectation was that Bok Coenie Oosthuizen would be back from his neck injury in time for the Durban clash; it appears, rather, that he’ll be on the sidelines for at least another fortnight, hence van der Merwe and van der Merwe (the other being tighthead Marcel) lining up for the Durban clash, feverishly hoping that they won’t end up being the butt of a very tired joke at the end of 80 minutes. After struggling somewhat in the opening weeks, Sharks props Dale Chadwick and Wiehahn Herbst recovered pretty nicely to put in a good performance against the Bulls at Loftus and will want to improve further at home this weekend.
Former Lions and Boland prop Ross Geldenhuys should be named in the number 17 jersey for the Cheetahs this week, in what will be his first appearance for the central team.Tweet