Cheetahs hope for a win despite injury woes

APRIL 23, 2015

Toyota Free State Cheetahs coach, Naka Drotske, has said that his team will continue to fight for a win, when they take on the Emirates Golden Lions at the Emirates Airline Park on Saturday afternoon, even though many of his key players are injured.

"There's nothing you can do about injuries, so we're not going to sit and worry about it," Drotske said.

Key Springbok players, Coenie Oosthuizen (back), Heinrich Brussow (broken arm), Willie le Roux (ankle), Raymond Rhule (hamstring), Lood de Jager (elbow) and Oupa Mohoje (groin) have all been side-lined for the match due to injuries, which is a huge loss to the team.

"It's a reality that guys like Willie, Coenie, Oupa, Lood and Heinz (Brussow) are key players, but we can't use it as an excuse,” Drotske added.

"The Lions are playing very good rugby and have a settled group for the last three, four years now. They've also been lucky with injuries and therefore must be favourites.”

"However, we're not going to lie down. We still believe 100% that we can beat them,” he concluded.

Drotske named his team for the Lions match yesterday (Wednesday):

15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Rayno Benjamin, 10 Willie du Plessis, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Boom Prinsloo, 6 Tienie Burger, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Maks van Dyk, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveldt, 1 Danie Minnie

16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Ewald van der Westhuizen, 19 Steven Sykes, 20 Carel Greeff, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Michael van der Spuy, 23 Clayton Blommetjies


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