Cheetahs lose two of their star players to injury

2011-05-17 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — Still on a high after beating the Crusaders this past weekend, the Cheetahs have been dealt a double blow as they lost two of their star players to injury during the performance.

Springbok Heinrich Brussow is the biggest casualty, his second since returning to the field a few months ago, as he pulled a hamstring, and is set to miss the next three to four weeks of Vodacom Super Rugby action.

Brussow had returned from a long-term injury a few weeks into the competition and injured himself again. This time he had been on the field for only three weeks, but thankfully for his Springbok aspirations the injury isn’t too serious.

The Cheetahs also lost lock Waltie Vermeulen, who has concussion after falling in a lineout.

This leaves coach Naka Drotske with a bit of a headache after the victory, as he would ideally have liked to keep the same team together for this weekend’s clash against the Melbourne Rebels. If the Cheetahs take the scalp of Super Rugby’s newest team, they will score their fourth straight win in the competition.

“Its disappointing for us, but I think even more frustrating for Heinrich,” Drotske said of Brussow’s injury.

While their team will only be known today, it seems as if Martin Muller will return to the lock position for Vermeulen, while Johan Wessels will come on to the bench to cover Brussow’s injury, with Kabamba Floors likely to slot into Brussow’s place in the starting line-up.

The only other possible change could be Corne Uys’s return for Barry Geel, who played excellently against the Crusaders in Uys’s absence.

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