The Free State Cheetahs have been handed a blow before the start of the Currie Cup with prop Charles Marais and lock Walt Steenkamp being ruled out of the Cheetahs’ first two Currie Cup games of the season due to injury.
Marais with a knee injury and Steenkamp with a shoulder. It was confirmed that the two will miss the first two matches against the Blue Bulls and WP.
The hope is that Marias will be ready for the start of the PRO14. Steenkamp is recovering well and should be ready for the third Currie Cup match.
The Cheetahs are competing like last year in both the Currie Cup and PRO14 competitions.