Scholtz raring to go

Hendro Scholtz is back to full fitness and hopes to play a major part in the Cheetahs’ remaining three home fixtures in the Vodacom Super 14.

The former Bok flank, who injured his shoulder in the Currie Cup final against the Bulls last year, has played in Free State’s last four Vodacom Cup matches.

“It’s been very frustrating not to be able to help the Cheetahs [in the Super 14],” he told Die Volksblad’s Hennie Brandt. “But I think it was the correct decision to get match fit in the Vodacom Cup. I played 70 minutes against the Boland Cavaliers and really felt good.”

Scholtz will play against Eastern Province in the Vodacom Cup this weekend, providing him with one final run before he joins up with the Super 14 squad.

In some more good news for the Cheetahs, captain Juan Smith is expected to be back for their next home match against the Blues on 29 April. The Cheetahs also play the Force and Cats in the weeks ahead, and two wins against the competition’s whipping boys should see them finish in the top half of the table.

However, the Bloem Boys’ focus is currently on their final tour match with the Chiefs in Hamilton on Friday. The Kiwis have named an understrength team, which has increased the chances of a rare South African overseas victory.