Hope for injured Pienaar

Ruan Pienaar's knee injury is not as serious as initially feared.

The Cheetahs captain injured his medial ligaments and kneecap in the 15th minute of Friday's match against the Bulls after being tackled by Marco van Staden.

According to Rapport newspaper, the 36-year-old had a scan on Saturday morning, which provided better than expected news, and he will visit Bloemfontein orthopedist Dr Johan Kruger on Monday.

The Cheetahs hope Pienaar will be able to play again this year. 

In the meantime, Junior Pokomela will take over the captaincy.

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