People don’t always notice Corné Uys, but his work ethic makes him one of the more valuable Free State-Cheetahs players. This according to Cheetahs backline coach Hawies Fourie.
Jóhann Thormählen reports from Bloemfontein:
On Tuesday, he decided to keep his Super14 centre combination for the team’s first Currie Cup match on Friday night against Griquas. The powerful Uys and Meyer Bosman will man the Cheetahs midfield against Griquas, and using their experience as centre pairing, will attempt to tear holes in their defence.
Uys will play in the place of promising Sevens player, Robert Ebersohn.
Ebersohn, who was one of the Free Staters shining stars last season, will in all likelihood play against the Lions next weekend.
As to Uys’s inclusion over Ebersohn and other possible candidates, Fourie said Uys’s enormous work rate was his biggest asset.
“If there is kicking to be done, he always falls back to help the back three. A good player is not only about what he can do with the ball, but what also about what he can do without it,” said Fourie.
According to the coach, the former Western Province and Stormers player is an excellent organiser and communicates very well with his team-mates.
His solid defence is also one of his strong points and Griquas will have to know their stuff to get past Uys, who will be making his Currie Cup debut for the Cheetahs.
According to Fourie, this unsung hero’s value on the field was clearly seen in his side’s defence against the British and Irish Lions.
The Free Staters have a lot of depth in the midflield. Apart from Uys, Bosman and Ebersohn, JW Jonker could also be used, while Jacques-Louis Potgieter, a natural flyhalf, could be used at inside centre given the presence of Louis Strydom.
Ebersohn could, according to head coach, Naka Drotské, get his chance against the Lions next week as a substitute because he needs to become acquainted with the Cheetahs’ team set-up and moves again.
Fourie believes the Baby Bok captain also needs to muscle up. “He now weighs 85kg. It would be good if he could push it up to 90kg.”
Sevens player Philip Snyman, who played for the Cheetahs in their warm-up match against the SWD Eagles, has been called up to the national Sevens squad and will not be available for the Currie Cup.Tweet