Oupa talks about injury, Cheetahs win

    2015-04-14 11:33

    Bloemfontein - He might be out of action with a groin injury, but Cheetahs flank Oupa Mohoje was proud to see his team end off their Super Rugby overseas tour with a victory over the Western Force.

    The Cheetahs had a difficult time in New Zealand and Australia, losing tour games against the Crusaders (57-14), Chiefs (37-27), and Brumbies (20-3).

    The men from Bloemfontein were dealt another blow when Springbok loose forward Mohoje was forced to return home with a groin injury after the Crusaders clash.

    However, the team managed to raise their game for their final overseas fixture against the Force in Perth last weekend, rallying to a 24-15 win to end their road trip on a high.

    Mohoje believed it was deserved after their hard work on tour.

    “We had a tough tour this year. We came up against some of the toughest teams in the competition, and it’s difficult to build momentum with three losses in a row,” Mohoje told

    “However, the players always remain confident at training, which is vital when things aren’t going your way. The guys did well to redeem themselves against a competitive side like the Force.”

    There was more good news as it emerged that Mohoje didn’t require surgery as first feared.

    “I’ve been sidelined for three weeks now, which isn’t easy. But the good news is that I don’t have to undergo surgery, which would’ve kept me out of the game for much longer,” explained Mohoje.

    “Over the next few weeks, I’ll spend most of my time in rehab. My main focus right now is on enjoying a full recovery. It will also be great to return to team meetings this week with the guys back in Bloemfontein.

    “Away from the gym, I spend time with family and friends. I’m lucky to have a good support system around me, which is important for all rugby players.”

    Mohoje hopes the victory over the Force will spark a positive run for the Cheetahs.

    “When we execute our balanced game plan, we play great rugby. Our main problem area is the fact that we’re not holding on to the ball enough on attack, while our general kicking game needs to be more accurate. If we can continue to improve in these areas, we’ll do well.”

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