Naka Drotské has named squad of 26 players for the Cheetahs Super 14 away games.
Rugbyweek reports that the Cheetahs will start their Super 14 campaign on February 13 against the Lions at Coca Cola Park, before departing to fulfil their overseas commitments. The Cheetahs first home game will only be in the eighth round.
Drotské who has included eight Boks in his squad, told OFM’s KFC Sports Cage that it was a difficult decision to leave the Bok full back, Bevin Fortuin at home.
“But we are fortunate to have versatile players like Fabian Juries and Jacques-Louis Potgieter who can cover in more than one position,” he said.
Drotské will tour without some of his young guns like Wilton Pietersen (fullback), Coenie Oosthuizen (prop, who are both injured), Robert Ebersohn (centre) and Philip Snyman (centre) who are both touring with the Bok sevens team in New Zealand.
However, it is clear that Drotské has picked all of the in-form players and that he based his selections clearly on merit. The Cheetahs, build-up – prior to the Lions game – has gone off without a hitch.
Griquas were like lambs to the slaughter as they were trounced 57-7, but the Bulls were no pushovers, losing by a mere four points, 20-16.
The Cheetah touring party is:
Fullback: Hennie Daniller.
Wings: Danwel Demas, Jongi Nokwe, Fabian Juries, Bjorn Basson.
Centres: Piet van Zyl, Corné Uys, Jacques-Louis Potgieter.
Flyhalf: Meyer Bosman.
Scrumhalfs: Tewis de Bruyn, Sarel Pretorius.
Loose forwards: Frans Viljoen, Juan Smith, Hendro Scholtz, Heinrich Brussow, Kabamba Floors.
Locks: Flip van der Merwe, Nico Breedt, David de Villiers, Wayne van Heerden.
Props: Wian du Preez, Kobus Calldo, Bees Roux.
Hookers: Richardt Strauss, Adriaan Strauss.