It isn’t quite as impressive a feat as the one managed by Rynhardt Elstadt, who managed to get himself sent home injured before the Stormers’ tour had gone past the first training session, but Cheetahs prop Coenie Oosthuizen is still up there in the annals of “very short Super Rugby tours indeed”. The big man has been sent home as the result of an ongoing neck problem, exacerbated against the Rebels on Friday.
It’s a blow to coach Naka Drotske; Coenie was one of few players who has caught the eye even a little in a thus-far misfiring Cheetahs outfit. He will see a specialist on Monday, according to the Cheetahs website (yes, there actually is one!) to determine exactly what the prognosis is.
Former Bulls prop Rossouw de Klerk, who slipped behind Sharks junior Maks van Dyk in the tighthead pecking order during pre-season, has been called up as Oosthuizen’s replacement and will no doubt see bench action against the Reds in Brisbane. The Cheetahs took a chance in touring with only four props and hence had to make an early call on Oosthuizen in order to fill their front-ranker quota in this week’s matchday squad.
De Klerk has played Super Rugby for the Bulls and Currie Cup rugby for the Cheetahs, but will look to make a franchise Super Rugby debut in Brisbane.Tweet