Blommetjies back for Free State Cheetahs for the Currie Cup series

Blommetjies back for Free State Cheetahs for the Currie Cup series

Clayton Blommetjies, unwanted by the Scarlets after the first of his two seasons with the Welsh club because of his continued lack of fitness, has been offered a short-term contract by his previous franchise, the Cheetahs.

Blommetjies, currently without a rugby home after the abrupt ending to his time at the Scarlets, is one of a number of players who will be considered to replace fullback Malcom Jaer in the Free State Cheetahs for the Currie Cup series that starts next week.

Jaer has undergone a groin operation.

Blommetjies, the former Bulls and Cheetahs fullback, is a known and experienced short-term solution. He has 54 Super caps for the Cheetahs and has played nearly 100 matches for the Free State Cheetahs and Blue Bulls in the other South African competitions.

He is especially dangerous on the counter-attack, has a strong boot and has been a game-breaker for the Free State franchise on many occasions.

William Small-Smith, who has been successfully moved from centre to wing because of the franchise’s depth in the midfield positions, and Louis Fouche are two other fullback options for coach Franco Smit, who will also strongly consider the claims of Tapiwa Mafura and Adriaan Carelse.

The Free State Cheetahs have a bye in the first round of the Currie Cup this weekend, but then kick off their challenge against the Blue Bulls at Loftus the following weekend.