Oosthuizen on his way back
Cheetahs prop Coenie Oosthuizen's comeback from injury is on track after he came through his first live scrums unscathed this week.
The Springbok front-rower, who has been sidelined for the last few months with both a neck and back injury, is recovering steadily, with the Cheetahs nursing him slowly back into action.
Despite missing all three of the Bloemfontein-based franchise's warm-up matches, Oosthuizen is a likely starter in next Saturday’s Super Rugby opener against the Sharks.
He was given permission to partake in the scrums, after receiving clearance from a specialist, and Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske is happy with the 23-year-old's progress.
"Coenie looked very good in practices and we are full of confidence he will be able to play against the Sharks next week," Drotske told Supersport
Meanwhile,Springbok fly-half Johan Goosen, who missed all the warm-up matches with a foot injury, has also been declared fit for the clash with the Sharks in Bloemfontein.
"We could have played him if we wanted to but we decided not to risk him. He has been taking part in full practice sessions for about a week now," Drotske added.
"The only discomfort he has is a little irritation when he kicks, but that hasn’t bothered him much and he will be ready for the start of the season."