Snyman prevents Rose risk

Frans Ludeke will not have to gamble on Earl Rose at 10 in the opening rounds of the Super 14.

The Cats saw both back-up flyhalves Tiaan Snyman and Nel Fourie join Andre Pretorius on the sidelines after they were helped from the field during the Cats’ warm-up fixture against the Bulls at Ellis Park.

The blow necessitated the calling-up of Griffons pivot Andre Hough, with Rose shifting from fullback to flyhalf for the encounter with the Spears.

Ludeke has justifiably been a worried man, neither Hough nor Rose have played flyhalf at a level anywhere close to Super 14.

Speaking to keo.co.za, however, he revealed that there has finally been some good news.

“Tiaan started training today, and he’ll definitely be fit for the first round of the competition,” Ludeke said. “It is a big relief. The news with regards to Nel is not promising, he’s definitely out for the next six months.”

The prolonged absence of Pretorius, now expected to be in the region of four to six games, and the chance that Conrad Jantjes may be forced to miss a large portion of the competition renders Snyman’s fitness imperative to the Cats cause.

With the possibility of Jantjes missing the opening rounds, or even more, with an Achilles injury Rose is the obvious incumbent at fullback.