Strauss blow for Cheetahs ahead of Blues

The Cheetahs have been hit by the loss of Adriaan Strauss who will miss the rest of the Super 14 season with a shoulder injury.

Bok hooker Strauss suffered cartilage damage in his shoulder on the Cheetahs tour through Australia and New Zealand and he will now undergo surgery.

That means that he will miss the next three months of rugby.

Eighthman Frans Viljoen who missed the tour down under has been named in the team to face the Blues this weekend.

Bjorn Basson who showed good form in the early rounds of the Super 14 in Bloemfontein replaces Danwel Demas on the wing.

Cheetahs Team

15. Hennie Daniller,14. Bjorn Basson,13. Corne Uys,12. Meyer Bosman (vc),11. Jongi Nokwe,10. Naas Olivier,9. Sarel Pretorius,8. Frans Viljoen,7. Juan Smith (c),6. Hendro Scholtz,5. Barend Pieterse,4. Izak van der Westhuizen,3. WP Nel,2. Ryno Barnes,1. Wian du Preez

Replacements:16. Skipper Badenhorst,17. Coenie Oosthuizen,18. Waltie Vermeulen,19. Phillip van der Walt,20. Tewis de Bruyn,21. Riaan Viljoen,22. Robert Ebersohn

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