Vodacom Western Province have suffered a major setback in their bid to beat the defending champions at Newlands on Saturday.
The news that in-form Peter Grant at inside centre will miss the rest of the season because of a fractured shoulder is a hammer blow to Province, who had so much to shout about after beating the Vodacom Blue Bulls in their own backyard on Saturday.
According to rugby writer Gavin Rich, Grant complained of pain during the week, but only after a thorough examination by the WP medical staff on Wednesday evening, it was established that he has suffered a fracture.
Grant is expected to have surgery to repair the damage next week and will be sorely missed, especially for his versatility and ability to kick at posts.
Discarded Springbok centre De Wet Barry may be the replacement, although Rich writes that that switch may not happen at the weekend, with Sarel Potgieter – named on the bench – probably getting the nod.
Revised WP team to play the Cheetahs: Gio Aplon, Joe Pietersen, Corne Uys, Sarel Potgieter/De Wet Barry, Egon Seconds, Naas Olivier, Bolla Conradie, Robbie Diack, Justin Melck, Luke Watson, Gerrie Britz, Francois van der Merwe, Juan Harris, Schalk Brits, JD Moller.
Replacements: Huia Edmonds, Schalk Ferreira, Rob Linde, Pieter Louw, Paul Delport, Sarel Potgieter/De Wet Barry, Zaheer Ryland.