Skipper boost for Cheetahs

Juan Smith has recovered from a head injury and should face the Brumbies next week.

The Cheetahs are enjoying a bye after a nightmare tour Down Under where they lost all five matches. Smith will return to lead the team next Saturday while No 8 Frans Viljoen could also be back after recovering from an arm injury.

But it’s no all good news for the Cheetahs, as promising utility back Wilton Pietersen has been ruled out for an extended period after suffering multiple injuries in a car accident last weekend. The Cheetahs management cannot confirm the duration of his layoff, only that he will miss the remainder of the Super 14.