Cheetahs sweat on Goosen

Cheetahs flyhalf Johan Goosen will undergo a late fitness test on Friday to determine his availability for the team’s clash against the Chiefs.

Goosen, who is the tournament’s current top scorer with 111 points, left the field early in the second half during the Cheetahs’ 26-5 win over the Lions last weekend because of a shoulder injury. The injury came after Elton Jantjies’ high tackle on the 19-year-old, which resulted in an off-field yellow card for the Lions pivot.

Head coach Naka Drotske confirmed that Goosen will be carefully monitored during the week and a decision on his selection will be made on Friday. The Cheetahs face the Chiefs in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

‘Johan suffered some damage to his AC joint in his shoulder. There’s some bruising in that area,’ Drotske told keo.co.za. ‘We will see how the injury heals this week and we will pick him if he is match fit.

‘If not, we have a dependable back-up in Sias Ebersohn. Sias had an outstanding Super Rugby campaign in 2011, so we know what he’s capable of.’

By Gareth Duncan