Drotske: No time to fret over injuries
Cape Town - Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske says they won't stop fighting hard despite being riddled by injuries to key players.
The Cheetahs face the Lions in a Super Rugby clash in Johannesburg this Saturday and will be without several stalwarts.
Springboks Coenie Oosthuizen (prop, back), Heinrich Brussow (flank, broken arm), Willie le Roux (fullback, ankle), Raymond Rhule (wing, hamstring), Lood de Jager (lock, elbow) and Oupa Mohoje (flank, groin) are all sidelined with injuries.
Apart from the above mentioned list, Coenie van Wyk (fullback, ankle), Jean Cook (flank, abdominal muscle) and BG Uys (prop, back) are also injured.
"There's nothing you can do about injuries, so we're not going to sit and worry about it," Drotske told Netwerk24.
"It's a reality that guys like Willie, Coenie, Oupa, Lood and Heinz (Brussow) are key players, but we can't use it as an excuse.
"The Lions are playing very good rugby and have a settled group for the last three, four years now. They've also been lucky with injuries and therefore must be favourites.
"However, we're not going to lie down. We still believe 100% that we can beat them."
Kick-off for Saturday's clash at Emirates Airline Park is scheduled for 17:05.
15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Johann
Sadie, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Rayno Benjamin, 10 Willie du Plessis, 9
Sarel Pretorius, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Boom Prinsloo, 6 Tienie Burger, 5
Francois Uys, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Maks van Dyk, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveldt, 1
Substitutes: 16 Stephan
Coetzee, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Ewald van der Westhuizen, 19 Steven
Sykes, 20 Carel Greeff, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Michael van der Spuy, 23