The Cheetahs might receive a timely boost ahead of Saturdayâ€™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-offâ€™s ahead of the more traditional, and more wealthy unions like the Lions (who is already out) and their neighbours the Cheetahs.