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Cheetahs have Bulls in their sights


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Original Content, Super Rugby on 18 May 2011 at 07:27
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It may not seem like much, but so effective has been the resurgence displayed by Naka Drotske and his Cheetahs side since returning from their Antipodean tour that they are now starting at the distinct possibility of a respectable mid-table finish in this year’s Super Rugby competition. What’s more, it won’t take all that much for them to finish above last year’s Super 14 champions, the Bulls.

The superb (and unexpected) victory over the Crusaders last week was also unusual for them in that it only cost them a single player – usually, the unlucky Bloemfontein boys have to contend with three or four new injuries after each game – but this time, it was only Heinrich Brüssow who got hurt. Not that his loss isn’t a significant one, of course, as the diminutive flanker’s breakdown exploits are key to the way the Cheetahs play. Brüssow should be out for three or four weeks this time around, with his place in the run-on side going to Kabamba Floors for this weekend’s match against the Rebels. Johann Wessels comes into the 22 as loose forward cover.

With the Rebels unlikely to present much more than token resistance, a good bonus-point win for the Cheetahs, coupled with a loss for the Bulls in Durban could see the two sides with everything to play for when they meet in Pretoria a week later. In that scenario, the Cheetahs would be at most three points behind their Pretoria rivals and could well end up overtaking them on the competition standings should they record a win at Loftus.

Wouldn’t it be a fairytale if the side who started off this year so badly could end up with a completely creditable third-place finish in the South African conference?

Cheetahs: 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Riaan Smit, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Corne Uys, 11 Ryno Benjamin, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Davon Raubenheimer, 7 Ashley Johnson,
6 Kabamba Floors, 5 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 4 Francois Uys, 3 W.P. Nel, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Coenie Oosthuizen.
Replacements: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Lourens Adriaanse, 18 Martin Muller, 19 Johan Wessels, 20 Tewis De Bruyn, 21 Naas Olivier, 22 Hennie Daniller.



2 Comments

  • I hope the Cheetahs win all the rest of their games…except one!

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.05.11 11:19:16 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 1) : That makes 2 of us.

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