Nokwe gets a start in weakened Cheetahs team

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Original Content, Super 14 on 6 Mar 2008 at 10:46

Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske has named his side to take on the Chiefs in Hamilton on Saturday. The team shows a number of injury-enforced changes to the one that was thrashed 50-26 by the Blues last weekend.

Former Boland flyer (and accidental Springbok tourist) Jongi Nokwe comes in for the injured Gavin Passens on the left wing. The 26-year-old winger has been on the fringes of selection for the Stormers team for years, finally deciding to cast in is lot with the Central franchise at the end of last year. He is blindingly quick, but at 1.80m and 83kg will have a busy day in trying to control Sivivatu and his friends. Eddie Fredericks and the impressive Hennie Daniller retain their spots at 14 and 15 respectively.

The centre pairing of JW Jonker and Meyer Bosman will look to continue to develop their partnership; one that looked better on attack than it did on defence last week. Former Sharks and Griquas journeyman Conrad Barnard will start in the all-important flyhalf position, following an injury to up-and-coming sensation Jacques-Louis Potgieter. Barnard last started a Super rugby match in 2005 and has flattered to deceive at this level. His partner is the irascible Noel “Falie” Oelschig.

Further changes in the pack see lock-cum-flanker Darron Nell take over from inspirational skipper Juan Smith in the number 7 shirt. Smith is out for 4 weeks with a knee injury, meaning lock Rory Duncan will assume the captaincy for this fixture (as well as the entire tour). Returning in the number 5 is lineout specialist Barend “Luftwaffe” Pieterse, meaning a return to the bench for Dawid de Villiers. The balance of the pack is unchanged as Vermeulen, Brüssow, Calldo, Adriaan Strauss and du Preez hang on to their spots.

Kabamba Floors is yet another injury casualty, so his place on the bench goes to Bok Hendro Scholtz this week. Former Leopard and Sharks Currie Cup prop Ronnie Uys will also look to make his super rugby debut in the number 17 shirt. Regular scrumhalf replacement Tewis de Bruyn will cover the flyhalf position.

Here is the team:

15 Daniller, 14 Fredericks, 13 Jonker, 12 Bosman, 11 Nokwe, 10 Barnard, 9 Oelschig, 8 Vermeulen, 7 Nell, 6 Brüssow, 5 Pieterse, 4 Duncan (capt), 3 Calldo, 2 A Strauss, 1 du Preez
16 R Strauss, 17 Uys, 18 de Villiers, 19 Scholtz, 20 Botes, 21 de Bruyn, 22 Meyer


  • Pity about young Jacques-Louis Potgieter…he looks quite promising. Pieterse’s return is a boast for the team, although de Villiers wasn’t too shabby.

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.03.08 14:22:02 by Dive Pass Reply
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  • Barend is a special player… he’s only 1.93m tall, or something, yet he rules supreme in the lineouts.

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.03.08 14:24:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • Full Name Barend Hermanus
    Surname Pieterse
    Height 196cm
    Weight 108kg
    Birth Date 23 January 1979
    Birth City Virginia
    Marital Status Single
    Favourite Film Face Off
    Favourite Music Any
    Favourite Food Pasta; Steak
    Primary School Monumentpark & Grey PS
    Secondary School Waterkloof High
    Tertiary Education RAU

    Ok – so a bit taller than that, but still shorter than a lot of the guys who play flank! I see the Cheetahs poached him from the Bulls… Tsk Tsk

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.03.08 14:26:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • Didn’t know Floors was out too…

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.03.08 14:26:30 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • Duncan is the shortshit… he’s only 1.94! Must be the shortest pair in the Super 14

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.03.08 14:27:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • Yes he must in contention for Victor’s place, if they don’t let the overseas Boks play…

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.03.08 14:28:02 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • knee injury

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.03.08 14:29:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • “but still shorter than a lot of the guys who play flank! ”

    Lol… name one in RSA other than Danie… πŸ˜†

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.03.08 14:31:11 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • DP – I reckon it’ll take HUGE cojones to pick anyone other than Muller for the Green 5 shirt on current form.

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.03.08 14:32:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • AJ Venter is 1.98
    Juan Smith is 1.96 (same height)

    Let me go dig up some more.

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.03.08 14:33:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • Okay forgot AJ… there are no more… lol!

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.03.08 14:34:47 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • A lock shouldn’t be under 195cm IMO… although it’s not like we have too many lineouts anymore…

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.03.08 14:36:27 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • 06.03.08 14:32:16 – robdylan

    Don’t know…Muller can’t dominate a line-out like Victor, Pieterse can….

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.03.08 14:38:16 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • Perhaps Alberts is…

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.03.08 14:38:16 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • Alten Hulme (1.99)
    Franco vd Merwe (1.98)

  • Comment 15, posted at 06.03.08 14:38:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • DP – Muller is already doing a lot better, I think

  • Comment 16, posted at 06.03.08 14:39:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • Conrad Barnard is the cheetah weaklink. He is simply not up to super 14 standard.

  • Comment 17, posted at 06.03.08 14:41:34 by BigFAN Reply

  • Sorry never heard of them…lol… πŸ˜†

    Muller has stolen a few this year already…

  • Comment 18, posted at 06.03.08 14:43:47 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • Hulme and vd Merwe play for the Lions… that’s probably why πŸ™‚

    Yeah, Barnard is a disaster. Cheetas could do worse than to start with Tewis de Bruyn or Falie at flyhalf. Or what about Meyer Bosman with Hennerik Meyer at 12?

  • Comment 19, posted at 06.03.08 14:52:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • The Free Staters seem to have gone off Hndrick Meyer in a big way…I always rated him.

  • Comment 20, posted at 06.03.08 15:01:40 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • Irascible? πŸ˜›

    Barnard is a lot better now than he was in 2005 – not nearly as bad as Screwy Louis Strydom.

    Personally, I would be tempted to drop JW Jonker for Meyer – or am I missing something?

  • Comment 21, posted at 06.03.08 15:13:01 by Big Fish Reply
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  • BF that makes 2 of us…maybe they know something about Hendrick we don’t

  • Comment 22, posted at 06.03.08 15:14:51 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • DP, I wouldn’t bet on a Free Stater knowing more than a Shark, unless its about mielies or cattle. πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 23, posted at 06.03.08 15:17:30 by Big Fish Reply
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  • πŸ™‚

  • Comment 24, posted at 06.03.08 15:19:03 by Dive Pass Reply

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