Meyer Bosman will not take part in the rest of the Absa Currie Cup after breaking his hand against the Lions.
It was more bad news for coach Rassie Erasmus, who saw his team surrender the top spot on the log, following the 39-28 defeat. The defending champions are in an uphill battle to secure a home semi-final.
“We were just unable to play in the first half at Ellis Park,” Erasmus told keo.co.za. “It was the result of great planning by Loffie. They did a great job in making it tough for us to get the ball.”
The winner will get the inside lane to a home play-off and will be installed as favourites for the title. But a far better display than was evident against the Lions is needed if the Cheetahs are to halt WP. “We really struggled to get out of our half and we can’t afford to let that happen again. It was really hopeless from us in those first 40 minutes.
Luckily for Erasmus he has the considerable talents of Willem de Waal to call on for the crunch top-of-the-table clash against Western Province in Bloemfontein on Friday.
De Waal came on at half-time and immediately made a difference to the Cheetahs backs. They scored four second half tries – earning a valuable bonus point – and had the game continued for another ten minutes may well have snatched the win.
â€œWe also adopted the attitude of â€˜we are 22 points down, the pressureâ€™s off nowâ€™ and we just went out and jolled. We put too much pressure on ourselves and we need to rectify that for our next match.â€
By Andrew Hollely