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Cheetahs to play Griquas instead

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Cheetahs, In the news, Super 14 on 15 Jan 2009 at 07:46
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The eagerly anticipated pre-season friendly rugby match between the Cheetahs and Sharks now appears to be off.

Pieter Jordaan reports for Volksblad that Cheetahs team manager Eugene van Wyk said on Wednesday it was more likely that they would now warm up for the Super14 against a Griquas XV in Bloemfontein. The friendly against the Sharks was set to be played in Abu Dhabi, but cancelled after the main sponsor withdrew.

The game next Friday against the team from Griquas is set to be played at Shimla Park and will probably kick off at 17:00.

It was thought that the game against the Sharks would be re-scheduled in South Africa, but the cost factor also put paid to that idea.

The cost of the game in Dubai would have been covered completely by the sponsor before they withdrew due to financial reasons.

Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské was not unhappy as he would prefer a match with slightly less intensity before a tough game against the Bulls in Polokwane.

He said he would use the same group of 24 against Griquas that would have travelled to Dubai.

That includes a tough pack with Heinrich Brüssow, Juan Smith and Frans Viljoen as the loose-trio. At the back Drotské wants to use Meyer Bosman as flyhalf, and a centre pairing of Jacques-Louis Potgieter and Corné Uys.

“The game will also give us an opportunity to see guys like Conrad Barnard (flyhalf), Ruaan du Preez (prop) and Ryno Barnes (hooker) in action,” said Drotské.

Sharks manager Trevor Barnes said they had not yet arranged a friendly match to replace the one against the Cheetahs.

The Sharks are considered serious contenders for the Super14 title and would like to prepare as well as possible before kicking off their Super14 campaign against the Stormers on 14 February.


  • chicken Cheetahs

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.01.09 08:23:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • Cheetahs = Bang gatte :roll:

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.01.09 08:59:38 by Charlie Reply

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  • WARM UP with Griquas ? :lol:

    more like SNAP FREEZE? :roll:

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.01.09 09:04:37 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply

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  • I just hope the Sharks do not decide to have a “friendly” against one of the minnows like the Cheetahs are doing now. Sides playing in the S14 will make sure they look after their squad during “Friendlies” to ward off injuries to key players. The minnows however, have nothing to lose but will want to prove a point by an upset of a majour union therefore will go all out and the majour Union has a real threat of injuries to key players, like Deysel being off for the 1st half of cc with a broken hand after the warm up match against the purple eaters!

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.01.09 09:17:20 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 4) : Agree… :wink:

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.01.09 11:44:07 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 5) : it’s such a catch 22 situation, though. I am kak-scared that we are going to pick up injuries against the Bulls. Then again, we need to get the guys match fit before the season kicks off. What do you do?

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.01.09 11:46:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : Wait and see more :mrgreen: :lol: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.01.09 11:57:55 by Charlie Reply

    CharlieSuper Rugby player
  • @Charlie (Comment 7) : please send me an email and tell me what you know :)

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.01.09 12:02:01 by robdylan Reply
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