Cheetahs (virtually) unchanged

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Original Content, Super 14 on 21 Feb 2008 at 06:00

There is an old saying that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly, while expecting different results. Vodacom Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske will argue that he has very little choice in the matter.

Drotkse has named an unchanged starting fifteen to do battle with the Western Force in Bloemfontein on Friday night. While Force coach John Mitchell has seen fit to make a number of changes to the side that pushed the Sharks so hard, Coach Naka is clearly hoping that history won’t repeat itself. His charges threatened to run away with the game against the Lions, after a first half effort that saw them score three brilliant tries and seem completely in control.

The Cheetahs didn’t score a point in the second half and lost the game 23-22.

It’s a pretty strong-looking side on paper, with a battle-hardened tight five and a really exciting loose trio. Flyhalf Jacques-Louis Potgieter will need to raise his game considerably after a shaky performance last week, but there are enough good ball players with gas out wide to cause the Force a few problems, should the ball get to them often enough.

The reserve depth remains a nagging problem. In the only change to the 22 that did battle last week, Namibian centre Hendrik Meyer comes onto the bench at the expense of utility forward Darron Nel. This may well be a masterstroke as the hard-running Meyer could well wreak havoc running at the tired Force defenders late in the day.

A bit of a gamble, but given the squad at his disposal, Drotske was never going to be able to make wholesale changes. Let’s hope his team play to their potential for the full 80 minutes this week and hold their discipline throughout. If they do, expect them to send this makeshift Force outfit packing.

Cheetahs team:

Starting XV: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Eddie Fredericks, 13 JW Jonker, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Gavin Passens, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Falie Oelschig, 8 Duanne Vermeulen, 7 Juan Smith (captain), 6 Heinrich Brussow, 5 Rory Duncan, 4 Barend Pieterse, 3 Kobus Calldo, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Wian du Preez.

Replacements: 16 Richardt Strauss, 17 Bees Roux, 18 David de Villiers, 19 Kabamba Floors, 20 Tobie Botes, 21 Conrad Barnard, 22 Hendrik Meyer.


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  • Comment 1, posted at 21.02.08 07:53:51 by knersboy Reply
  • “Cheetahs (virtually) unchanged”

    As expected, not much depth in the squad… 😈

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.02.08 07:57:45 by Charlie Reply
  • Charlie, wait until week 7 or 8. We will then see changed line-ups, but Shimlas players…..

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.02.08 08:11:02 by hellbent Reply
  • This is one of the difficult picks of the weekend.

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.02.08 08:11:10 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • Anyway enjoy the day we are off to Bahrain for the day.

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.02.08 08:13:36 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • KSA,

    Enjoy… 🙂

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.02.08 08:17:22 by Charlie Reply
  • “Anyway enjoy the day we are off to Bahrain for the day.”

    Public beheading? 😆

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.02.08 08:27:06 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • 😯 😆

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.02.08 08:35:27 by provincejoulekkading Reply
  • 😯 GHOST SITE 😯

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.02.08 09:07:10 by Charlie Reply

  • Damn you Charlie

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.02.08 09:28:44 by provincejoulekkading Reply
  • Charlie is a dragon ❓

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.02.08 09:33:40 by provincejoulekkading Reply
  • Howzit… ma se kind…hoe lyk die nomme… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.02.08 09:39:30 by Charlie Reply

  • Cheetahs will lose this one. Sorry… 😈

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.02.08 09:51:09 by blackshark Reply

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  • Hey knersboy! Welcome to sharksworld

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.02.08 09:56:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • Die nomme is vol gazzie.
    hoe change hulle?

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.02.08 10:02:04 by provincejoulekkading Reply
  • Miniete vir jou… 😎

    Claytie rather stop this, before they band our “Kullits” :mrgreen: from the blog… 😈

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.02.08 10:04:24 by Charlie Reply

  • 😆 ok im going to go talk stormers on the Jean thread

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.02.08 10:10:52 by provincejoulekkading Reply
  • Be with you now… 😈

  • Comment 18, posted at 21.02.08 10:11:53 by Charlie Reply


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