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Can table-topping Cheetahs still thrive minus golden oldie?

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Ruan Pienaar (Photo by Frikkie Kapp/Gallo Images)
Ruan Pienaar (Photo by Frikkie Kapp/Gallo Images)

The likely loss of their 36-year-old scrumhalf talisman and leader Ruan Pienaar to a knee injury for the rest of the season is a dent to the high-riding Cheetahs' dual silverware aspirations in Super Rugby Unlocked and the Currie Cup.

But if there's a silver lining to the cloud, likely replacement Tian Meyer doesn't lag too far behind Pienaar's extraordinary levels of experience and leadership acumen, even if dynamic flank Junior Pokomela is reportedly now earmarked to run out in front for the white-jerseyed outfit.

Indeed, 32-year-old multi-franchise customer Meyer led the Bloemfontein outfit to last season's Currie Cup glory from the left-wing position after vacating his specialist berth to allow for the fielding of the 88-cap Springbok at No 9.

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