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Wheel could be turning for Cheetahs

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Currie Cup, In the news on 24 Jun 2008 at 20:47

The Free State Cheetahs could soon see their backline become their main weapon of attack, with many promising youngsters stepping to the fore.

Rugby 365 reports that traditionally, the Cheetahs have had a dominant and feared forward pack. Since 2005, the Cheetahs have been relying on world-class forwards such as Os du Randt (retired), Naka Drotské (retired, now coach), Adriaan Strauss, Richardt Strauss, CJ van der Linde, Jannie du Plessis (now at Sharks), Ollie le Roux (moved to Irish side Leinster), Kobus Calldo, Barend Pieterse, David de Villiers, Corniel van Zyl (now in Italy), Rory Duncan (now in Japan), Juan Smith, Hendro Scholtz, Kabamba Floors, Duanne Vermeulen and Heinrich Brussow.

But many of those big names are not available for the Cheetahs anymore, and it seems that the focus is now shifting towards building an exciting Cheetahs backline, according to OFM Sport.

Youngsters such as Wilton Pietersen, Robert Ebersohn, Sias Ebersohn, Lionel Mapoe, Phillip Snyman and Bernd Theissinger are promising up-and-coming players that could become the next generation of Cheetah stalwarts.

Other possible future Cheetah regulars include Francois Venter, Piet Lindeque and Spoed Smith. These players could well put their hands up for a place in the Free State line-up in a year or two.

The biggest challenge for the rugby union will be to hang onto their promising young players, as they will undoubtedly be tempted away from the Free State by wealthier unions and clubs.

Meanwhile, Free State Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské is searching for the next Philip Burger now that he has found a replacement for ‘general’ Willem de Waal.

Drotské is urgently on the look-out for a natural game-breaker that can score tries, just like Burger used to do in his heyday for the Free State.

The Cheetahs did all the basics right in their narrow 20-16 win over the Griquas on Friday, but it was clear that they needed a special player with creative spark that could conjure up tries out of nothing.

For this reason, Drotské could well look in the direction of Sevens Springboks such as Fabian Juries, Robert Ebersohn en Wilton Pietersen to add more strike power to his backline.

Drotské is already in the position to select Juries, who is one of the most feared try-scorers in international Sevens rugby history.


  • Spoed Smith 😆

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.06.08 10:32:04 by MysticShark Reply
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  • The wheel turns pretty quickly in the states. Unfortunately most youngsters leave as soon as they make half a name for themselves.

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.06.08 10:38:22 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

  • “Hitler- had only one big ball
    Stalin had two but they were small
    RoMMel’s was opge-froMMels
    and Mossolini had foKKol at all!

    Well – a very olde soldiers song that was obviously changed as it got passsed on through the ranks since the Second world War.

    What is the relevance- nuTTing really

    but it do seems that the rugby365 writer either has the same amount of memory as Mossolini had reportedly, had “mass” in his “balsak’ – or he only started watching rugby in 2005.

    Hey Boet- when it comes to a potent backline- The Free State /Cheetahs are second to no-one- world wide!

    What we were “traditionally lacking” was the forwards- to, if I may use the “fabspeak”- you goTTa deserve the right to go wide!

    Peet Kleynhans and then later Coach Erasmus changed that.

    We got a pack of Note- one that mixed it with the MEANIES- The MOMENTUM MAULERS-


    and not just mixed it but also meet and exceeded IT!


    That said

    The fact that turncoat OOsthuisen took 9 promising younkers to $harkviLLe DeBBen didnt help either.

    re 06/07 , TOOk fliPPenBurger out and our backline is/was struck by PlatoSpeak

    “any organism strenth is automatically its weakness”

    CoachEra$mu$ relied on an effetive pack and the bOOt of Willem de Waal

    He curbed the free state way of playing first phase out wide- calling it fest rugby- only to be used sparingly when the timing is right. He also had very limited backline resources

    Now on this part I do agree with the writer- there is some HUGE backline talent coming through- and CoachNaka and CoachHawies must be relishing the oPPortunity

    But first- dont forget the groundwork that was layed by OOmpEEt and CoachErasmus.


    Me waNNa an OranjeOktober again!

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.06.08 13:00:57 by Oranje Orakel Reply

  • Oh and on historical facts

    Natal still havent qualified to play in the Currie Cup.

    Their elevation was not deserved on field- but a “quota” choice by Doc Craven!


  • Comment 4, posted at 25.06.08 13:11:54 by Oranje Orakel Reply

  • hehehe

    The “sardine run” are/is (eish braziLLions of liTTle fEEEhes- but one run- tOO much for me VrystAAtAnglo) truly late this year!

    Not even a wEE liTTle bite then!

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.06.08 13:44:48 by Oranje Orakel Reply

  • Hi All!!

    I know this is completely off the topic…(apologies TRy Time)

    I just wanna wish my little ICE CUBE a happy happy first birthday and on second thought – Happy birthday to Rory Kockett as well 😉 ….they are both, cocky, have an attitude and is very feisty….could have been twins!! 😉

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.06.08 13:50:55 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • Happy birthday to your little one Ice, hope she brings you much pleasure.

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.06.08 14:32:56 by Salmonoid Reply
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    Salmonoid the Subtle
  • Congrats to all the B-Day $harks!

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.06.08 14:35:30 by Oranje Orakel Reply

  • OO, see Ice’s post #6 for fishing tips.

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.06.08 14:53:07 by Salmonoid Reply
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