I noticed with interest an article we carried this morning with Kabamba Floors and Hendro Scholtz having re-signed for the Cheetahs. All good and well, but the article neglects to mention the other players in the camp that are about to head for greener pastures.
Crisis at hooker?
Tiaan Liebenberg who left Western Province to continue his career with Toulon in France will be joined in France by younger brother Hercu. Hercu, also a hooker, who has played his rugby for the Vodacom Cup Cheetahs this year, is following in his brother’s footsteps by also signing for a French club. The 22 year old Hercu Liebenberg has signed with French 2nd division side Aurillac and will leave SA shortly.
Couple this with yesterday’s news that this weekend’s reserve Currie Cup hooker for the Cheetahs, Jaco Du Toit, is also leaving to further his career with Beziers in Italy and suddenly the Cheetahs find themselves is a little more than just a mini hooker crisis.
With Adriaan Strauss, the 1st choice hooker, probably lost to the Springboks for the rest of the Springbok season that essentially leaves the Cheetahs with all but one hooker until 6 September when Adriaan Strauss will once again be available for the Cheetahs.
Further Cheetah front row players furthering their careers abroad are: CJ van der Linde (Leinster), Ronnie Uys (Tarbes) and Phillip Lemmer (Tarbes).
According to Aurillac Rugby Club’s website they have been on quite a South African shopping spree with Valke flyhalf Len Olivier, WP Flank Leon Karemaker, SWD hooker Hannes Franklin, Lions flank Gerhard Human and SWD lock Henry Grimes all set to join the club for the coming season.
Vermeulen also heading for greener pastures
The Cheetah website also carries a VERY short piece mentioning that there is uncertainty about the future partnership between Duane Vermeulen and the Cheetahs. It seems the Sharks’ offer, rumoured to be ZAR1,200,000-00, was not enough and that the Stormers have come forward with a better offer to lure Vermeulen to Cape Town.
According to Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské, Vermeulen has not informed the management team of his future plans as yet.Tweet