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Drotské sticks with winning formula

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Currie Cup, In the news on 1 Jul 2008 at 21:03

Free State coach Naka Drotské has resisted the urge to fiddle with a winning formula, making only one change to his side that beat the Lions in Bloemfontein last weekend.

Rugby 365 reports that the coach has kept the same forward pack as the one that built the foundation for the 22-18 success of Saturday past, with Jaco du Toit, Phillip Lemmer, David de Villiers and Kabamba Floors all having to wait a little longer for their chance in the starting XV.

Drotské said earlier in the week that he does not like to change a winning team, despite rumours of promising young centre Robert Ebersohn slotting into the backline.

However, the Cheetahs coach has decided to bring the physically imposing Hendrik Meyer into the outside centre position, with JW Jonker moving to the bench.

Coach Drotské was slightly worried about the amount of mistakes committed by the Cheetahs in their win over the Lions, but said the win was more important.

“I think if we can win despite the number of errors, it should actually be an encouraging sign,” he told Volksblad.

“The problem [on Saturday] was communication at the restart. We’ll work hard to fix that this week.”

Free State Cheetahs: 15 Bevin Fortuin, 14 Eddie Fredericks, 13 Hendrik Meyer, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Jongi Nokwe, 10 Chris Rossouw, 9 Neil Powell, 8 Schalk van der Merwe, 7 Hendro Scholtz (captain), 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 Barend Pieterse, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Kobus Calldo, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Wian du Preez.
Replacements: 16 Jaco du Toit, 17 Phillip Lemmer, 18 David de Villiers, 19 Kabamba Floors, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 JW Jonker, 22 Fabian Juries.


  • This is not a bad team but I think Province will be the ones smiling at the end of the match.

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.07.08 21:10:59 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Will be interesting to see the dual between Klein Slaptjips and Willem de Waal now playing for the enemy!

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.07.08 10:42:35 by PaarlBok Reply
  • Do any of you know the ruling for players playing in the first division. I saw Cheetahs like Hennie Daniller, Ashley Johnson & JL Potgieter now all of a sudden is playing for the Griffons. 😯

    Maybe on loan and can they go back to the Cheetahs if needed?

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.07.08 11:24:11 by PaarlBok Reply
  • @PaarlBok (Comment 3) : seems they have a deal where anyone not in the match 22 can go play for the Griffons that week.

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.07.08 11:31:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) :

    Look the whole bottom end of the Currie Cup Premier League is a political farce but this whole thing of players changing between teams in different leagues is ridiculous.

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.07.08 11:36:27 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • Think thats not fare. Think once they play for one province the players should stick to that one. Cant believe the Griffons coach can let this happen, I mean surely there are talent in the Griffons squad that lose out due to the big names but nevertheless. 😎

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.07.08 11:37:26 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @PaarlBok (Comment 6) : I agree. The Griffons are being shafted here, big time.

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.07.08 11:47:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • This is gonna be an interesting match-up in Bloem.

    I suppose I’ll give it to WP by a few… 😕 but honestly on their day this squad can emerge as winners.

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.07.08 11:56:47 by blackshark Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!

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