Torsten leads new-look Cheetahs

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Currie Cup, Original Content on 6 Aug 2014 at 12:59
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The extent to which the Toyota Cheetahs Super Rugby side has been ravaged by Bok call-ups and player movements has been revealed, with coach Rory Duncan naming a virtually unrecognisable line-up for Saturday’s Currie Cup game against the Steval Pumas. Hooker Torsten van Jaarsveld, himself somewhat of a newcomer, leads a team boasting few familiar faces indeed.

Props Kevin Stevens and Luan de Bruin featured towards the end of Super Rugby and will start this week in the absence of the injured Coenie and Caylib Oosthuizen (no relation). Carl Wegner is, like de Bruin, a former Junior Psringboks and he joins Francois Uys in the second row. Flankers Tienie Burger and Neil Claasen are also newcomers, with Boom Prinsloo the most experienced man in the pack.

Sarel Pretorius, Raymond Rhule, Rayno Benjamin and Frans Venter are the Super Rugby players returning amongst the backs, with Benjamin moving from the centre berth he occupied earlier in the year to operate at wing. Venter missed the bulk of the season due to injury, but returns in the 13 shirt as the side’s vice captain. Former Leopard Joubert Engelbrecht is at 12, with Willie du Plessis at flyhalf and the unknown AJ Coertzen in the last line of defence.

Toyota Free State Cheetahs: 15 AJ Coertzen, 14 Rayno Benjamin, 13 Francois Venter (v/capt), 12 Joubert Engelbrecht, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Willie du Plessis, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Boom Prinsloo, 7 Neill Claasen, 6 Tienie Burger, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Luan de Bruin, 2 Torsten van Jaarzveld (capt), 1 Kevin Stevens
Replacements: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 Bees Roux, 18 Waltie Vermeulen, 19 Henco Venter, 20 Renier Botha, 21 Elgar Watts, 22 JP du Plessis


  • The bench is more recognisable than the starting side…thought Benjamin was good at 12…i would have kept him there

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.08.14 13:37:55 by SheldonK Reply
    SheldonKAssistant coach
  • We a bit thin at wing, but he was good at 12 despite all the naysayers prior to his 1st start in the 12 jumper. Interesting move shifting Venter to 13. Suppose it worked with Ebersohn.

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.08.14 18:04:04 by KingCheetah Reply
    KingCheetahTeam captain
  • @KingCheetah (Comment 2) : good luck for the match, like the Sharks the Cheetahs will have to work hard for a victory on Saturday

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.08.14 00:22:18 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 3) : Thanks man, jip, its time to re-group and build again. Good luck, both are going to be cracking matches.

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.08.14 08:21:08 by KingCheetah Reply

    KingCheetahTeam captain
  • @KingCheetah (Comment 2) : I always thought Venter would be a better 13 due to his Gandalf problem.

    I suspect the reasons for it are similar to Serfontein’s…. i.e. that he simply isn’t able to pass effectively to either side.

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.08.14 08:26:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • Who else is waiting for the team announcement?

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.08.14 09:18:36 by Letgo Reply
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  • Well lets hope you are right. He is definitely more suited to 13 than Engelbrecht

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.08.14 12:14:56 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 4) : ja going to be tough and hard but Currie cup should be like that.

  • Comment 8, posted at 08.08.14 21:52:00 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : Serfontein could be a solid 12 with a good step if he gets chances and not turned into a crash ball drone!

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.08.14 21:54:31 by JD Reply
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