Vodacom Cheetahs captain Ollie le Roux is confident that everyone suffering from minor ailments in his team should recover in time for the game in Pretoria.
Fullback Bevin Fortuin expressed his concern on Monday over the amount of players harbouring ailments from the Sharks match, but Le Roux has described these as the regular war wounds experienced after such an intense battle.
â€œItâ€™s just the usual bumps and bruises after a tough encounter,â€ he told keo.co.za. â€œIt has also been a very long season and so the bodies have started to taper.â€
While it is good news that there are no serious injuries, it will be a worry that they have been softened up for the Vodacom Blue Bulls. This match promises to be just as physically demanding, if not even more so. The Bulls have been boosted by the return of their Springboks and their pack is looking as formidable as ever. The men in blue from 1 to 8 may feel the champs are there for the taking, but Le Roux believes his side will be able to dust themselves off and answer the challenge at Loftus Versfeld.
â€œI think that we will be ready in time for this game. We still have a bit to work on, as we were shocking over the weekend,â€ explained Le Roux.
â€œOur minds werenâ€™t right. After half-time we just lost our concentration, but I think that a lot of it had to do with nerves as well.
â€œBut I suppose we can take heart from the fact that we played badly and still came away with the win. Some of the senior guys like Willem de Waal really stood out and made this possible.â€
De Waal surpassed 8000 points in First Class rugby earlier in the season, and is currently the top scorer in this yearâ€™s Absa Currie Cup with 179 points. Meyer Bosman, who suffered a broken hand a few weeks ago, is expected to return to the squad for the playoffs, but it is unlikely that he will get a start at flyhalf ahead of the more experienced player, whose relentlessly accurate boot has been one of the Cheetahs most precious commodities.
By Jon Cardinelli