Cheetahs coach Franco Smith admits they do have to deal with some niggles and blows heading into their first Currie Cup match of 2019 against the Blue Bulls at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Friday.

The 2019 Currie Cup kicked-off this past weekend with three fixtures the most notable being theĀ  Griquas beating defending Champions the Sharks 37-13 at theĀ  Kings Park Stadium in Durban. Smith says that due to pre-season training some of his players have picked up injuries.

Smith will lead the side in the Currie Cup campaign for the last time before leaving for Italy in January next year where he will coach the Italians national side.

The 46-year old is disappointed that fullback Malcolm Jaer would not be available for the duration of the cup campaign due to a groin injury.

This will be the first time in two years that the Guinness Pro 14 and Currie Cup would not be overlapping allowing the Cheetahs to have all their players available during the Currie Cup season. – Report by Tshenolo Meruti