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2009 S14 Preview – Cheetahs

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Cheetahs, In the news, Super 14 on 26 Jan 2009 at 14:00

While the Cheetahs have a great domestic record they have struggled to find similar success in Super Rugby and this may continue in 2009.

The young side have the potential to shine in 2009 but in many of their key positions the players lack serious Super Rugby experience.

They have been dealt a major blow in 2009 with the departure of some of their most experienced players such as CJ van der Linde, Rory Duncan and Falie Oelshig, who took up offers abroad.

The Cheetahs are arguably the weakest of the South African Super 14 franchises in terms of player depth. And coach Naka Drotske has also struggled to innovate and deliver an enterprising style of play but with a youthful squad in 2009 he may give the Cheetahs the freedom to run with it.

He will be challenged even further in 2009 to fill the void left by those experienced players who opted for a bigger paycheck.

Strengths: What the Cheetahs may lack in experience they do have an abundance of youth and lots of talent especially in the backline. Wing Jonge Nokwe will be eager to show his class after starring for the Boks in 2008, while captain Juan Smith will give 100 percent week in and week out.

Weakness: The Cheetahs’ main weakness lies in the lack of depth. Players with two or three years’ experience are considered veterans at this franchise. Their usually settled back row has also been affected through the departure of Duane Vermeulen and Darron Nell.

Noteworthy signings: Corné Uys (Stormers), Trompie Nontshinga (Bulls), Piet van Zyl (Boland).

Noteworthy losses: CJ van der Linde (Leinster), Rory Duncan (Japan), Barend Pieterse (retirement), Duanne Vermeulen (Stormers), Chris Rossouw (retirement).

Coach: Due to budgetary constraints, Naka Drotské has not been able to buy any big name players which has been the franchise’s main problem in Super rugby. His other challenge will be to keep his chargers motivated after they could suffer some heavy defeats early in the competition.

Captain: Juan Smith is one of most highly rated loose forwards in South Africa, if not the world. He has made steady progress over the last few years as a player, culminating in stellar performances in the World Cup in 2007. He will be the Cheetahs’ key figure in the back row but more importantly in the pack where his combination with rookie Springbok Heinrich Brüssow should be interesting.

Player(s) to watch: Jonge Nokwe will be eager to improve on his form in 2008 after scoring seven tries in last year’s tournament. Due to the retirement of the experienced Chris Rossouw a lot will be expected of Meyer Bosman to ignite the Cheetahs backline.

2008 Position: 13th
Best finish: 10th (2006 – debut year)
Worst finish: 13th (2008)
Home Venue: Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein (capacity 40,000)

2009 Prediction: The Cheetahs have struggled to transfer their Currie Cup successes to the Super 14. Naka Drotské has lost key players and although some youngsters got their first taste of Super rugby last year, there is still a lack of experience that could leave the Cheetahs floundering at the bottom end of the competition’s standings. Prediction: 12th

Cheetahs squad: Hennie Daniller; Danwel Demas, Corné Uys, Jacques-Louis Potgieter, Fabian Juries; Meyer Bosman, Tewis de Bruyn; Frans Viljoen, Juan Smith, Heinrich Brüssow, David de Villiers, Nico Breedt, Kobus Calldo, Adriaan Strauss, Wian du Preez, Richardt Strauss, Coenie Oosthuizen, Wayne van Heerden, Hendro Scholtz, Sarel Pretorius, Bjorn Basson, Kabamba Floors, Trompie Nontshinga, Piet van Zyl.

Friday 13 February v Lions, away
Friday 20 February v Western Force, away
Saturday 01 March v  Reds, away
Saturday 07 March v  Hurricanes, away
Friday 13 March v  Blues, away 
Saturday 21 March v Highlanders, away
Saturday 04 April v Brumbies, home
Saturday 11 April v Sharks, home
Saturday 18 April v Chiefs, home 
Saturday 25 April v Crusaders, home 
Friday 01 May v Waratahs, home
Saturday 09 May v Bulls, home 
Saturday 16 May v Stormers, home

Courtesy of Rugby 365


  • It wouldn’t surprise me if they don’t win a single match. :roll:

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.01.09 14:06:04 by McLovin Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 1) :

    then you better leave them for last in the Last Man Standing competition. :grin:

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.01.09 14:10:08 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) : When can we make our picks? :grin:

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.01.09 14:33:39 by McLovin Reply
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  • Wooden Spoon :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.01.09 14:35:24 by Charlie Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 3) :

    I would say in about 7 days time, probably next Monday IF all goes well.

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.01.09 14:38:02 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @Charlie (Comment 4) :

    NOPE these guys actually have surprise instore for who they rate as the wooden spoonsts and an even bigger one for who they rate as the winner of the 2009 S14.

    Stay tuned for the next two days, 5 today, 5 tomorrow and 4 on Wed.

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.01.09 14:39:15 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Eish – everytime I look at the other RSA teams I feel like :cry: because I know the Sharks will have to battle on their own…well maybe with a bit of help from the Stormers…

    We’re making it too easy for the Kiwis and Aussies…

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.01.09 14:39:40 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply
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  • @blckshrk – PROTEAS (Comment 7) :

    Only really the Cheetahs that are letting the side down, I think the other 4 unions will do pretty well and all finish above 10th with a probable (hopefully) order of

    Sharks 2
    Stormers 4
    Bulls 6-8
    Lions 8-10

  • Comment 8, posted at 26.01.09 14:48:16 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @blckshrk – PROTEAS (Comment 7) :

    PLus then you are going to lose to teh LIONS in Durbs…that makes it even more dif…


  • Comment 9, posted at 26.01.09 14:57:18 by Hmmm Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) :

    I think the Cheetahs will also win a game or two against NZ and AUS sides which will only help the two top SA teams…(hopefully 3 as a LION)…LoL :!:

  • Comment 10, posted at 26.01.09 14:59:54 by Hmmm Reply
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  • I like Loffie’s approached this year around…we had 3 to 4 sometimes even 5 to 6 injuries per game last year…when we had no depth to start off with…
    He is taking the conditioning of the players a lot more seriously…

  • Comment 11, posted at 26.01.09 15:01:40 by Hmmm Reply
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  • @Hmmm (Comment 10) : which 2?

  • Comment 12, posted at 26.01.09 15:02:49 by McLovin Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 12) :

    At this stage it looks like the Sharks and Stormers….but S14 results have a tendency of being unpredictable….

  • Comment 13, posted at 26.01.09 15:25:48 by Hmmm Reply
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  • @Hmmm (Comment 13) : Sorry, I meant which two Aus/NZ teams will the Cheetahs beat?

    IMO they won’t win on the road & looking at the teams they have at home I see hard times ahead for the men from the States.

  • Comment 14, posted at 26.01.09 15:30:47 by McLovin Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 1) :

    Cheetahs supporters are confident…I spoke to a few of them this weekend…

    They cannot believe that anyone thinks they will be wooden spooners…

    They think they’ll win a few matches and end above the LIONS!??!

  • Comment 15, posted at 26.01.09 15:37:05 by Hmmm Reply
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  • @Hmmm (Comment 15) :
    Ending up above the Lions is like kissing your cousin – not terrible, but nothing to get excited about.

  • Comment 16, posted at 26.01.09 15:39:20 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 14) :

    They are confident though…

  • Comment 17, posted at 26.01.09 15:39:24 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 15) : Were they sober? :wink: :lol:

    I reckon you’d also have trouble finding a Bulls fan who thinks they won’t at least make the semi’s. :smile:

  • Comment 18, posted at 26.01.09 15:40:28 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 16) :

    not terrible?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! Have you SEEN my cousin? Terrible is a euphimism.

  • Comment 19, posted at 26.01.09 15:42:34 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 16) : A lot of the Bulls fans are here today because someone kissed their cousin. :wink:

  • Comment 20, posted at 26.01.09 15:43:33 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 16) :

    I have hot cousins who can kiss like a porn star…

    I get excited…


  • Comment 21, posted at 26.01.09 15:44:36 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 19) : Cousins of the same sex as you don’t count. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 26.01.09 15:44:42 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 20) :
    :lol: :lol: :lol:

    @Hmmm (Comment 21) :
    You kissed your freaking cousins in a pornstar like fashion???
    :shock: :shock: :shock:

  • Comment 23, posted at 26.01.09 15:46:12 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 18) :

    LoL that is true…when do they realise that CC is no S14….LoL

  • Comment 24, posted at 26.01.09 15:48:18 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 23) :

    LoL…just teasing…I was an orphan…have no cousins…
    Well I might have kissed one and never knew she was…LoL

  • Comment 25, posted at 26.01.09 15:53:51 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 24) :

    I mean the CC finalists in 2007 ended 12th and 13th in the 2007 S14…

  • Comment 26, posted at 26.01.09 15:55:28 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 22) :

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    As a Stormers supporter that just opens you up to a WHOLE lot of abuse. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 27, posted at 26.01.09 16:12:44 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 20) : :mrgreen: :oops: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 28, posted at 26.01.09 16:13:28 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 26) :

    And the 2007 S14 Champions ended 10th in the 2008 S14.

    Not only does the CC not count but it seems the previous season’s S14 form doesn’t count either.

  • Comment 29, posted at 26.01.09 16:15:26 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 29) :


  • Comment 30, posted at 26.01.09 16:38:55 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 29) :

    So if past history is anything to go by the Sharks and Bulls shoudl be way down on teh log…

  • Comment 31, posted at 26.01.09 17:34:55 by Hmmm Reply

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  • KEO is FULLLL of politics again today….

  • Comment 32, posted at 26.01.09 17:39:16 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 31) :

  • Comment 33, posted at 26.01.09 17:44:12 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 32) :

    Every thread…even the cricket one :roll:

  • Comment 34, posted at 26.01.09 17:45:00 by Hmmm Reply

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