The Cheetahs suffered a major setback when it was revealed that Springbok lock Lood de Jager will miss between six and eight weeks due to an elbow injury.
De Jager sustained the injury during the early stages of the Bloemfontein-based franchise's 35-29 victory over the Sharks in Durban. The good news is that he did not fracture the elbow and the injury has been alleviated due to the fact that the Cheetahs have a bye this weekend.
There next match is against the Blues in Bloemfontein in Round Two on Friday February 27.
The Cheetahs have been boosted by the news that flanker Heinrich Brussow and centre Johan Sadie are set to play after returning from Japan while utility back Ryno Benjamin is also available for selection as he is due back after a stint with the South African Sevens side.
Meanwhile, Cheetahs boss Naka Drotske expressed his delight after their suprise win over the Sharks.
“I’m extremely satisfied especially with our maul and our defence, our tactical kicking was also good," He told Supersport.
"What we will have to look at, however, is our discipline. We were on attack four or five times during the game where we conceded a penalty through something stupid. We will need to rectify this.”