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Chris also a Cheetahs headache

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Currie Cup, In the news on 24 Sep 2008 at 06:41

The Free State Cheetahs’ coaching team will have to make another change at flyhalf if Chris Rossouw does not recover in time to take the field against the Falcons on Friday evening at 19:10 in their Currie Cup match in Brakpan.

Pieter Jordaan writes in Volksblad that Rossouw has been struggling ever since the Cheetahs’ game against Griquas on August 9 to recover fully from the effects of a hard blow to the head, and the injury could again possibly keep him out of Friday evening’s important match.

Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské said on Tuesday that Rossouw will see a neurosurgeon on Wednesday for another examination before he could even be considered for the game.

Jacques-Louis Potgieter stood in for Rossouw at flyhalf during Tuesday’s practice. He has had a seesaw season this year, especially since having been first-choice flyhalf for the Cheetahs in the Super 14 series.

He has since been loaned to the Griffons, but again used as a replacement back by Free State in the meantime.

Bosman could play at No 10

The Cheetahs’ coaching team is now likely to utilise Potgieter at flyhalf and retain Tewis de Bruyn, who has done duty as both flyhalf and No 9, at scrumhalf.

Indications on Tuesday were that Meyer Bosman may also play flyhalf during the match.

Another player recently loaned to the Griffons, Hennie Daniller, should return as a substitute to the Cheetahs if Rossouw is not available.

The Cheetahs are under pressure to score a convincing win over the Falcons in order to improve their points difference on the Currie Cup log in case they and Western Province or the Lions end up with an equal number of league points.

Rossouw is not the only Cheetah that may not be able to make the trip to Brakpan, as skipper Juan Smith is suffering from a neck injury.

If Smith has not recovered by Thursday, Hendro Scholtz will take over from him and former Falcons player Schalk van der Merwe will come in as a substitute.

The experienced Scholtz himself had to get stitches in his ear after being injured in a contact situation during practice on Tuesday.

Drotské said on Tuesday he would nevertheless consider Smith, despite a request from Springbok coach Peter de Villiers that some Bok players be rested.

“I see WP are selecting all their Boks, so then I’ll also consider him (Smith),” said the Cheetahs coach.


  • These okes were desperate and look where they ended up… :roll:

    Funny thing is that old Jake made this startling discovery of Meyer Bosman, then unknown to all, as our next saviour at flyhalf. If it was not so sad, one could really laugh at this piece. :sad:

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.09.08 07:37:16 by Silver Fox Reply
    Silver FoxCurrie Cup player
  • Head/brain injury is not something to be messed with. Certainly not worth the risk for a rugby match.

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.09.08 09:55:10 by McLovin Reply
    McLovinAssistant coach
  • I predict a major slanging match in the press between WP and the Cheetahs… you can see both are lus for it.

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.09.08 10:01:30 by robdylan Reply
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    robdylanHead Coach
  • Die Vodacom-Vrystaat-Cheetahs sal die Valke môre in Kemptonpark sonder drie Bokke Juan Smith (flank, kaptein), Hendro Scholtz (flank) en Chris Rossouw (losskakel) moet aandurf.

    Die afrigter van die Vodacom-Vrystaat-Cheetahs, Naka Drotské, het vanoggend aan OFM Sport bevestig dat die drie Bokke weens beserings nie oorweeg is nie. Drotské erken dat hulle onttrekking ‘n groot terugslag is, maar het ewe veel vertroue in hulle plaasvervangers Kabamba Floors, Schalk van der Merwe en Jacques-Louis Potgieter.

    Met Potgieter wat op losskakel sal uitdraf, sal Hennie Daniller die eerste keer in die Absa Curriebeker-reeks vir die Vrystaters op die bank sit. Daniller was sover een van die Griffons se staatmakers as binnesenter in die eersteliga van die Absa Curriebeker.

    “Ek het nog nie besluit wie uit Kabamba of Schalk in die beginspan sal speel nie,” sê Drotské.

    Die Vrystaat-breier sê Scholtz het sy oog op die oefenveld beseer en Drotské is nie bereid om enige kanse met sy gesondheid te neem nie.

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.09.08 10:49:24 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • Go Valke! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.09.08 10:53:33 by McLovin Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
  • Mmmhhh…not good for the Cheetahs…

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.09.08 11:04:11 by just blackshark Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!Super Rugby player
  • They should still score the required 4 points though. It may just take them 85minutes to do it. :roll:

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.09.08 11:07:09 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 7) : :lol: Yessir!

    They should still be able to do that…no excuses…it’s not like they are WP.

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.09.08 11:09:13 by just blackshark Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!Super Rugby player

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