Richard Ferguson

Cheetahs remain cautious with big names


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Original Content, Stormers, Super Rugby on 29 Jan 2013 at 11:04
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The Cheetahs host the Stormers in Bloemfontein this weekend in what is the first preseason friendly for the Cape based side, while the Cheetahs will play their second game after losing to the Lions last weekend. The good news for Juan Smith fans is that the Springbok flanker will make his return to rugby in this match, after missing two seasons as a result of an Achilles injury.

Volksblad reports that Smith will be able to play both this match and a match against the Bulls next week, if he is able to remain fit, to prove his worth and get himself into the Cheetahs Super Rugby starting team. Smith will be able to win a contract as well, seeing as he is currently out of contract.

The Cheetahs are bound to play another second string team against the Stormers before playing their best fifteen against the Bulls next week, meaning that Smith and Adriaan Strauss would only get a few minutes this weekend.

Players expected to return from injury and play some small part against the Stormers are: flank Lappies Labuschagné (ankle), No 8 Philip van der Walt (knee), fullback Willie le Roux (groin) and centre Johann Sadie (hamstring).



10 Comments

  • The big questions is can Juan Smith still deliver the goods. I hope so.

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.01.13 20:40:51 by MysticShark Reply
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  • I hope he will be ok but I think it will be a race between Smith, Brussow and Goosen to see who will be out injured first.

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.01.13 21:32:48 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 2) : Gee you are a epitome of optimism. Juan has had a relatively injury free career. He has had his setbacks with the Achilles injury, but give the guy a chance. To his credit, he tried to make a comeback, and saw he wasn’t going to make it, and withdrew timeously.

    Brüssow played almost the entire Super 15 without incident, and got injured in the CC.

    Goosen was rushed in when he wasn’t quite ready, and both his injuries were serious. Please tell which player under the same circumstances would not have incurred an injury.

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.01.13 09:02:31 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 2) : Hmmm I wonder if it is fear? Yes I can smell your fear JD, with a fit quartet of Coenie, Brüssow, Smith and Goosen, the Cheetahs will be formidable. Throw in Strauss, Rhule and le Roux.

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.01.13 11:53:23 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • Johan “warm butter” Goosen :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.01.13 12:53:27 by Talent Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 4) : spew spew spew spew :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.01.13 12:54:11 by Talent Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 5) : Very apt, he is going to cut through Lambtjops like a hot knife through butter. lol

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.01.13 12:59:18 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 7) : then I would have called him Johan”knife through butter” Goosen :roll:

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.01.13 13:10:10 by Talent Reply
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  • So by all accounts, with players like Goosen, Willie Le Roux, Rhule, Juan Smith, Brussouw and Coenie, the tjietas really can’t play the underdog card anymore. ;-)

    Ending up anything lower than top 6 spot overall should actually point to a major failure from the tjietas.

    Yeah, tjietas will surely not have the luxury of being underestimated this season and we’ll get to see what they’re really made of. :twisted:

  • Comment 9, posted at 30.01.13 13:27:29 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 9) : underdog tag, is preferable to the “chokers” tag!

    Lol but you are spot on, the Cheetahs have good team, but once again injuries will have the final say.

    Just like with you guys, if the crucial players like Bissy, Jannie, and Beast remain fit, then the Sharks will be finalist contenders, but should you suffer injuries then they become vulnerable.

    A team of Nyakane, Strauss, Coenie, Ferreira, Lood de Jager, Brüssow, Juan, vd Walt, van Zyl, Goosen, Rhule, Ebersohn, Sadie, Jansen, le Roux… will always be a very competitive, but lose a few top players and then we are exposed.

  • Comment 10, posted at 30.01.13 13:43:17 by KingCheetah Reply

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