Double blow for Cheetahs

The Cheetahs smashed Italian club Benetton Treviso 52-11 in Welkom on Saturday, but suffered injuries to two key players.

“[Centre] Alwyn Hollenbach dislocated his shoulder and could be out for a while,” coach Rassie Erasmus told keo.co.za after the game. “[Lock] Ockert Brits also damaged his ribs, which could be a problem because we’re a bit thin in that area.”

The Cheetahs ran in seven tries in a one-sided romp, but Erasmus says it wasn’t as easy as the scoreline suggests.

“They are a European Cup side, so we did well to beat them by such a big margin,” he said. “We threw the ball out wide quite a bit and scored some good tries. Our scrumming was also very encouraging.”

The Cheetahs have won all three of their pre-season matches beating the Spears 48-0 in PE, the Force 29-19 in Perth and Benetton 52-11.

Scorers:

Cheetahs – Tries: Heinrich Stride (2), Chris Kruger, Cobus Gobler, Kabamba Floors, Ronnie Cooke, Trevor Leota. Conversions: Meyer Bosman (3), Gaffie du Toit, Willem de Waal (3); Penalty: Bosman.

Benetton Treviso – Try: Brendan Williams. Penalties: Marius Goosen, Andrea Marcato.