De Waal still in doubt

Willem de Waal did not train with the Vodacom Cheetahs on Tuesday morning in Bloemfontein, and may miss this weekend’s Absa Currie Cup final due to a groin injury.

Winger Gavin Passens and centre JW Jonker have both been cleared to play on Saturday, while lock Barend Pieterse is said to have made a full recovery from his thigh injury. De Waal, however, is still struggling with the groin niggle he picked up over the weekend and his availability will only be known later in the week.

“Willem didn’t run with us today, and he hasn’t been able to practise his kicking,” Cheetahs fullback Bevin Fortuin told keo.co.za. “It’s not a good sign when one of your key players is unable to train ahead of a final.”

De Waal has scored 197 points so far in this year’s tournament, which already surpasses his top ranking achievements of 2005 (195) and 2004 (192). In five years of provincial rugby, he has always been known as the man for the pressure situation, and the Cheetahs will be at a significant disadvantage if he cannot play this weekend.

“Meyer Bosman has been running at flyhalf in his place, but the starting side will only be announced later in the week,” Fortuin confirmed.

Bosman played off the bench in Saturday’s 30-14 win over the Sharks. This marks the only game time he’s had since breaking his hand against the Lions over a month ago.

By Jon Cardinelli