The Cheetahs might receive a timely boost ahead of Saturday’s crucial clash against Boland all thanks to the indiscipline of their neighbours, Griquas and more specifically, their captain, Jonathan Makuena.
The Cheetahs and Griquas are locked in a battle to secure the final play-off spot this weekend where both teams either need to secure some points, if not all 5 points on offer.
The Cheetahs are favourites to secure the 5 points they need against bottom of the log Boland, but the Griquas face a tough task as they face the defending champions the Sharks at home, where they need to secure a minimum of 2 points.
This task has just been amplified by the possibility of their inspirational captain, Jonathan Makuena, facing an automatic suspension for receiving 3 yellow cards in 3 separate games.
Makuena has been sent to the sin-bin against Bulls on two separate occasions and against Western Province in the recent match played at a water-logged Newlands.
The details on when players are suspended in these circumstances is a bit sketchy.
As far as I could ascertain a player will automatically appear before a disciplinary committee once he received 3 separate yellow cards in one season in the same competition. The merits of the cards are then investigated by a disciplinary committee where the player will almost certainly face suspension if the offenses were of a similar nature.
Now as far as I could pick up, the offenses in both Bulls games were for the same offense, constant infringements at the ruck but there seems to be a bit of confusion as to the reason he received a yellow in the game against Western Province (either for ruck infringements or constantly being off-side).
Nevertheless, the Griquas could do without the off-field shenanigans ahead of their crucial clash which could see them qualify for the play-off’s ahead of the more traditional, and more wealthy unions like the Lions (who is already out) and their neighbours the Cheetahs.