Cheetahs training squad looks mighty thin

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super 14 on 26 Nov 2008 at 15:55
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The Cheetahs have named their initial Super 14 training squad and although a whole raft of new players have come into the fold, it doesn’t look like the Free Staters will be competing for anything other than the wooden spoon next year.

Juan Smith has not been included, as he has just returned from the Bok end of year tour and is presumably still injured anyway. Rob Ebersohn is also not currently available, due to national Sevens commitments, but both names will surely be added to the squad once available. There’s quite an early-season injury list as well, with Coenie Oosthuizen, Flip van der Merwe, Chris Rossouw, JW Jonker and Jacques-Louis Potgieter all currently nursing bumps and bruises. The latter has, quite interestingly, been named at inside centre, rather than his usual position of flyhalf.

Regular props Wian du Preez and Kobus Calldo will have backup in the form of WP Nel, Jean Botha and Ruaan du Preez, all three of whom have recently moved to Kimberley from the Cape. The Strauss cousins are predictably named at hooker, with former Valke rake Rayno Barnes edging Ashley Jonhson as the third option. The retirement of Barend Pieterse leaves the second-row cupboard looking very bare indeed, with Nico Breedt earmarked as a starting lock option, together with David de Villiers. Griquas stalwart Wayne van Heerden and the journeyman Spuddy Myburgh standing in for the injured van der Merwe.

The loss of Duane Vermeulen to the Stormers leaves the Cheetahs again a little short of options at number 8, with Frans Viljoen and Bioplus van der Merwe vying for the number 8 jersey. Kabamba Floors has been named among the flanks, indicating that the experiment of turning him into a wing may well be over, at least for now. Hein Brüssow and Hendro Scholtz provide good options on the openside, while Francois Uys and Devon Raubenheimer will be the blindside men, at least until Smith’s return.

Tewis de Bruyn and Sarel Pretorius are back at scrummie, with new Griquas Tertius Carse and Gerrie Odendaal (another East Rander) providing plenty of competition. Meyer Bosman and Conrad Barnard are the flyhalves, although Chris Rossouw will in all likelihood take over in this position once fit. Another former Valke player, Hanno Coetzee, looks to have the inside track on the number 12 jersey, with Bevin Fortuin as his backup. Fortuin, as we know, is a more regular fullback. Three new players will vie for the outside centre jersey; Corne Uys from the Stormers, Piet van Zyl from Boland and big Dewald Pretorius from the Bulls (via the Valke).

Jongi Nokwe is the best winger available, altough Eddie Fredericks is nowhere to be found this year. New recruits Danwel Demas (via the Bulls and Boland) and Trompie Nontshinga (I can’t even remember how many teams he’s signed for) will add some pace, while Sevens experts Bjorn Basson and Fabian Juries are also available. Alwyn Hollenbach and Hennie Daniller will be the fullbacks.

All-in-all, not the sort of squad to cause sleepless nights for anyone – other than the Cheetahs coaching staff!

Cheetahs preliminary squad:

1′s: W du Preez,J Botha
2′s: A Strauss,R Strauss,R Barnes
3′s: K Calldo,WP Nel,B du Preez
4′s: N Breedt,W van Heerden
5′s: D de Villiers,P Myburgh
6′s: H Brüssow,H Scholtz
7′s: F Uys,D Raubenheimer,K Floors
8′s: F Viljoen,S van der Merwe

9′s: T de Bruyn,S Pretorius,T Carse,G Odendaal
10′s: M Bosman,C Barnard
11′s: J Nokwe,T Nontshinga
12′s: H Coetzee,B Fortuin
13′s: C Uys,P van Zyl,D Pretorius
14′s: D Demas,B Basson,F Juries
15′s: H Daniller,A Hollenbach


J Smith, R Ebersohn, C Rossouw, J-L Potgieter, JW Jonker, C Oosthuizen


  • Ja well, no fine.

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.11.08 16:12:04 by McLovin Reply
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  • This is why Ebershon whats his name the loose head centre won most promising hair style

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.11.08 16:15:49 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • just run your eye down the first name in each position. That’s going to be (more-or-less) their first-choice team! What a joke.

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.11.08 16:21:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • I am sure the article posted the other day which included two teams to play each other had Nico Breedt named at 8!

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.11.08 16:22:59 by Baldrick Reply

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  • @Baldrick (Comment 4) : yeah – that was for the trial match. This is the provisional squad after that match.

    Reading between the lines, Breedt didn’t go so well at 8…

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.11.08 16:27:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • Wasnt Kabamaba on the wing for that game, now a flank again. He’s versatile enough to be a minister in parliament.

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.11.08 16:41:50 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 6) : teehee :)

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.11.08 16:43:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • Why not promote sias ebersohn?conrad barnard has had his fair share of opportunities in which he hasnt impressed

  • Comment 8, posted at 26.11.08 20:52:01 by Bok-Clyde-Kiwi Reply

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  • @Bok-Clyde-Kiwi (Comment 8) : Fair enough. But Sias is even tinier than his brother. Those big Maori fellas will kill him

  • Comment 9, posted at 26.11.08 21:34:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • Winter.

  • Comment 10, posted at 26.11.08 23:31:46 by Duiwel Reply

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  • And no foto.

  • Comment 11, posted at 26.11.08 23:32:06 by Duiwel Reply

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  • Hi all. By the way.. (you surely know that) does anybody know where Cecil Afrika is going to play next season ?? Sharks?? The guy has been awarded as best player in first division or so.. I’ve seen Afrika play with the young Springbok and the performance was remarkable..


  • Comment 12, posted at 26.11.08 23:33:48 by maurolanati Reply

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  • still no foto.

  • Comment 13, posted at 27.11.08 00:10:30 by Duiwel Reply

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  • Serious, serious issue @ lock… actually not just the Cheetahs…

    We used to pump them out…

  • Comment 14, posted at 27.11.08 00:27:52 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 14) :

    So are there any players you guys might want for the Sharks???

    Beside Juan and Andries Strauss??


  • Comment 15, posted at 27.11.08 10:19:13 by wpw Reply
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  • @Duiwel (Comment 13) : upload one, poephol! :)

  • Comment 16, posted at 27.11.08 10:39:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 15) : Andries Strauss already plays for the Sharks, tosser :)

    @bryce_in_oz (Comment 14) : They all seem to play one season of junior rugby for the Bulls, then head overseas!

  • Comment 17, posted at 27.11.08 10:40:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) :

    HAHAHAHA!!!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 18, posted at 27.11.08 10:43:34 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
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  • @Ice (Bébé de Glace) (Comment 18) : teehee :)

    warning – I am in a funny mood today

  • Comment 19, posted at 27.11.08 10:50:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) :

    Adriaan Strauss. :oops: :oops:

  • Comment 20, posted at 27.11.08 10:56:01 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 20) : we don’t need any more hookers… we already have too many

  • Comment 21, posted at 27.11.08 11:44:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 15) :

    Not really… perhaps Caldo… and Bosman for 12 if he came cheap (so Steyn could play 15…

  • Comment 22, posted at 27.11.08 15:31:11 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 22) :

    But you’ve got Carstens, Cilliers and Jannie who can all play tighthead.

    Don’t be greedy!

    Tell u wot, send The Beast to us and you can use Carstens as your 1st choice loosehead.

    We’ll send Brok(en) Harris in your direction!!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 23, posted at 27.11.08 15:39:54 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 23) : throw in Eddie and you’ve got yourselves a deal :)

  • Comment 24, posted at 27.11.08 16:01:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • I was just reading the squad announcement on the Cheetah site and it seems they don’t bother to metnion Ebersohn at all.

    Adds more credence to the comments made to me in Dubai.

  • Comment 25, posted at 03.12.08 10:15:23 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 25) : Huh?

  • Comment 26, posted at 03.12.08 10:33:47 by PJLD Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 25) : you’re right. His name wasn’t mentioned at all. I added it in, thinking it was an oversight on their part. That’ll teach me to be too clever, hey?

  • Comment 27, posted at 03.12.08 10:46:22 by robdylan Reply
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