No mind games from Rassie

Rassie Erasmus will not tamper with his Vodacom Cheetahs line-up for Saturday’s Absa Currie Cup final.

The coach has been criticised in the past for making late changes to his side in an attempt to disrupt the opposition. Sharks coach Dick Muir did something similar before last weekend’s semi-final in Bloemfontein and it backfired badly.

Erasmus on Thursday made no changes to the team that beat the Sharks, with Willem de Waal named at flyhalf despite injury concerns.

“The team we released will be the team that runs out on Saturday,” Erasmus confirmed on Boots & All. “However, we are still waiting to see how Willem is and there’s a chance he may not play. But he took part in training today and we are positive he will be there.”

The Cheetahs have already lost twice to the Bulls in Bloemfontein this year, but Erasmus believes his side can turn things around in the match that really matters.

“Obviously we are a bit concerned with our recent record against them, but we know we have a chance on Saturday and can win if we dig deep,” he said. “Look at the Boks. They struggled against Australia and New Zealand at the beginning of the Tri-Nations and then bounced back to win their last two matches.”

Erasmus has attracted plenty of attention in recent weeks for his colour-coded communication system from the top of the Vodacom Park roof, and was asked – tounge in cheek – how he planned to help the two players in his team who are colour blind.

“I’m still trying to find a solution to that problem,” he laughed.