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Heavy blows for Cheetahs

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Currie Cup, In the news on 9 Sep 2008 at 23:38

The injury bogeyman has dealt the Cheetahs rugby team some heavy blows this week.

Pieter Jordaan writes in Volksblad that the coaching team will have to come up with more emergency plans on Wednesday than merely replacing the injured wing pair Wilton Pietersen and Fabian Juries.

Coach Naka Drotské also confirmed on Tuesday that both flyhalf Chris Rossouw and another wing, Springbok Jongi Nokwe, will not be able to play against the Sharks in Durban on Saturday.

Neither Rossouw (concussion) nor Nokwe (ankle injury) has recovered sufficiently to tackle the Durbanites, and the Cheetahs’ depth in the backline will be severely tested.

“It’s tough to lose three wings,” said Drotské. “But it’s nothing we can’t overcome – it’s a chance for someone else to put up his hand.”

Candidates for doing that are Eddie Fredericks, JW Jonker and Kabamba Floors. Drotské and co are likely to pick their wing pair from this threesome when they name their team on Wednesday.

Fredericks and Jonker should be the favourites, as Floors has only just started practising in the new position.

Fredericks is experienced and Jonker scored a beautiful try as a replacement wing in the Cheetahs’ recent win over the Lions.

Rossouw, whose experience and place-kicking have been an important ingredient in the Cheetahs’ success in the Currie Cup series up to now, will be unavailable for the Free Staters for a second successive game.

As in last weekend’s game, when they lost against Western Province, Tewis de Bruyn is likely to play flyhalf, with Meyer Bosman taking care of the place-kicking. Jacques-Louis Potgieter is also a candidate for the number 10 jersey.


  • So this article says Nokwe and Rossouw are out.

    THIS article by the same guy Today says they are in.

    Was dit nie dat die Springbok-vleuel Jongi Nokwe nou van ’n enkelbesering herstel het nie, het ’n vleuelkrisis Drotské-hulle in die gesig gestaar…….

    ……Benewens Nokwe sal die losskakel Chris Rossouw ook gereed wees om Saterdag om 17:05 in die Absa-stadion in Durban teen die Haaie te speel aangesien hy van harsingskudding herstel het.

    WHO broke the bush telegraph? 😕

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.09.08 23:42:28 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : maybe it is a little bit of the mind games. but who cares what team they bring, with the sharks finally clicking and the depth on the bench the cheetahs don’t have a chance this weekend.

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.09.08 07:54:12 by try time Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : So it seems that Naka has learned his lessons from his mentor and master of deception Rassie ” poker face” Erasmus.
    The Sharks should be undaunted by which players run onto the field, in all likelihood it will be Fredericks or Nokwe, Nokwe has the superior pace and Fredericks has the edge in physical game, and has more cunning. The chances are Rossouw will not play at least if he had a bona fide concussion he will eligible to play.
    The half back pairing of Powell and de Bruyn are likely to be completely outclassed by Pienaar / Kockett and Michalack. This will give the Sharks a deceive advantage in attacking options.
    The tight five battle I believe will be evenly contested, with the Sharks perhaps gaining an upper hand in the latter stages of the match. The Cheetahs will marginally shade the Sharks in the loose exchanges, however if the Sharks tight five are able to exert dominance over their counterparts then perhaps Smith, Broussow and Vermeulen may have to perform a tighter role, which could give Daniels/ Kankowski more space and time to create opportunities.

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.09.08 07:55:49 by Ragged Reply
  • @try time (Comment 2) :

    With or without Rossouw and Nokwe we are going to be drowning a cat or two this weekend.

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.09.08 07:55:56 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @try time (Comment 2) :

    @Ragged (Comment 3) :

    I don’t think this is deliberate I think it is an Arthur / Martha story.

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.09.08 08:02:18 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) : 2 cats will be drowned. one lion and one cheetahs.

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.09.08 08:39:47 by try time Reply
  • Sharks by 50.

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.09.08 08:55:27 by PaarlBok Reply
  • You lot still owe us big time after we let you play in the S14 semis and making a vokop of it. You need to down the Lions to and dont give bonuspoints away.

    We owe the Lions, big time.

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.09.08 08:57:00 by PaarlBok Reply
  • @PaarlBok (Comment 8) :

    We owe YOU??????? 😯

    Flippen hell the season before you played possum to the Bulls and let them beat you by thirty-something points to knock us out of the semi’s

    We OWE you alright but not in the way you think. 😉

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.09.08 09:01:40 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 9) : That didnt really happen , its a conspiracy.

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.09.08 09:06:28 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
  • fromSharksrugby.co.za…

    …”Free State have won the last 10 matches in the Absa Currie Cup between these two teams and one has to go back to 2003 for the last Sharks’ victory between these two teams, a 28-25 victory in Bloemfontein.”…

    TIME FOR A CHANGE, i think it’s coming this weekend

  • Comment 11, posted at 10.09.08 09:11:09 by spykerbaard Reply

  • @spykerbaard (Comment 11) :

    They were also undefeated at home since August 2006, until last weekend that is.

    Question: When last did the Cheetahs lose 3 CC matches in a row?

    Answer: Next week!

  • Comment 12, posted at 10.09.08 10:07:11 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 9) : Lets say I am a Fat Big Tjark Supporter until we meet them in the semi/finals.

    That is a record in itself. 😎

  • Comment 13, posted at 10.09.08 10:25:28 by PaarlBok Reply


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