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Cheetahs to boost backs’ oomph

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Currie Cup, In the news on 16 Sep 2008 at 07:03

The Free State Cheetahs are relying on experienced flyhalf Chris Rossouw and the speedy wing Jongi Nokwe to inject some oomph into the backline as they return from injury.

Pieter Jordaan writes in Volksblad that the Cheetahs meet the Blue Bulls on Saturday and will be urgently looking for at least one Currie Cup league point.

Snapping away at the Cheetahs’ heels like barking dogs, Western Province are a threat to the Free Staters’ bid for a spot in the semifinals. A single league point against the Bulls could partly hamper Western Province’s chances.

The Cheetahs (32 points), with matches still remaining against the Bulls, Boland Cavaliers and Falcons, need 11 points in their last three games to wreck Western Province’s (27 points) chances of reaching the semis. While the Cheetahs haven’t been very convincing on attack in their last two matches, it won’t come as a surprise if they set their sights on a bonus point for four or more tries against the Bulls.

For that to happen, however, the Cheetahs’ backline will have to play with self-assurance and fluency.
The responsibility for launching attacks through effective and quick decision-making could well fall to flyhalf Rossouw and his halfback partner Tewis de Bruyn.

Nokwe will have the task of rounding off these movements by crossing the try line when he is on the field. The four tries he scored for the Springboks against Australia in Johannesburg recently will be exactly the number needed by the Cheetahs against the Bulls.

The Cheetahs’ physiotherapist, JP du Toit, confirmed on Monday that Rossouw and Nokwe are once again ready for action. The two players also took part in the training session.

Meyer Bosman (centre) did not participate in the training, as he was not well, while David de Villiers (lock) also watched from the sidelines, but both will be ready to take the field when the time comes.
Robert Ebersohn also looked ready for action after a light knee injury sustained against the Sharks.

Not likely to play again

Du Toit did, however, confirm the Cheetahs’ fears about the seriousness of scrumhalf Neil Powell’s injury. His arm was fractured, making his season something of the past.

It doesn’t look as though Fabian Juries (hamstring) is likely to play again in this year’s series. The pacy Jandré Blom practised with the Cheetahs and could be the replacement scrumhalf against the Bulls.

It should be interesting to see whether the Cheetahs’ coaching team will stick with Kabamba Floors and Eddie Fredericks as the wing pairing. JW Jonker, who played as a replacement centre against the Sharks, showed he is hungry to regain his place in the starting line-up, and his pace makes him a prospect on the wing.


  • Nee swaar jy klink asof jy al klaar verloor het. 😕

    To me you can’t go into a match with an attitiude of we don’t need to win we just need 1 point.

    ‘n Bonuspunt is belangriker as sege oor Blou Bulle

    Bloemfontein. – Vergeet maar nou eers van ‘n tuisveldvoordeel in die halfeindstryd van die Absa-Curriebeker-rugbyreeks.

    Die Vodacom-Vrystaat-Cheetahs moet ‘n sege ook as die tweede prioriteit in Saterdag se ligawedstryd teen die Blou Bulle op Vodacompark beskou. ‘n Bonuspunt moet die Vodacom Vrystaat Cheetahs se eerste prioriteit wees.

    Die Vodacom Vrystaat Cheetahs kan met ‘n enkele bonuspunt teen die Blou Bulle hulle plek in die halfeindstryd beklink, aangesien dit verwag word dat hulle teen die verswakte spanne van die Valke en Boland volpunte in hulle ander verpligte ligaverpligtinge sal verdien. Dit sal beteken dat WP nie meer punte as die Vodacom Vrystaat Cheetahs kan insamel nie, al wen die Streeptruie hulle drie oorblywende wedstryde wat ‘n bitter moeilike wedstryd teen die Leeus insluit.

    En indien die Vodacom Vrystaat Cheetahs tot die halfeindstryd deurdring, het hulle ondanks ‘n reuse herbouproses die skietgoed om enige teenstander te verras.

    Indien Vrystaat ‘n bonuspunt teen die Blou Bulle verdien wat moontlik is aangesien Chris Rossouw (losskakel) en Jongi Nokwe (vleuel) sal terugkeer, sal die druk weer vierkantig op die skouers van WP en die Leeus verskuif.

    ‘n Mens moet onthou dat Vrystaat teen WP en die Sharks sonder Rossouw moes klaarkom wat ‘n groot ontwrigting was.

    Hendrik Cronje

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.09.08 07:14:00 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Bulls by baie – I hope. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.09.08 09:52:50 by McLovin Reply
  • come on, Cheetahs… bloody losers. You need to finish fourth so we can smack you AGAIN in the semi

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.09.08 10:04:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : Yeah…what happened to going to a game for 2 Bonus Points??? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.09.08 10:11:28 by just blackshark Reply

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  • Bulls are also weakened. Cheetahs should expect to beat them in the forwards and without Habana, their backs aren’t all that dangerous.

    Dammit, the day you don’t believe you can win a game at home against anyone is the day you should just give up on the Currie Cup. LOSERS.

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.09.08 10:55:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • Without Klein Slaptjips, my vok. 🙄 They can try the one point one, Watch them losing against Valke after losing 3 on the trott. 🙄

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.09.08 13:16:41 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @PaarlBok (Comment 6) : would be funny

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.09.08 13:31:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • i wouldnt mind

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.09.08 14:02:56 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) :

    At least Naka is brighter than Hendrik Cronje. None of this we are only worried about the BP bullsh1t.

    Wen bly prioriteit, sê Naka

    Bloemfontein. – ‘n Bonuspunt bly uiters belangrik in Saterdag se Absa-Curriebeker-wedstryd hier op Vodacompark teen die Blou Bulle.

    “Maar ‘n sege is ons prioriteit,” sê Naka Drotské as afrigter van die Vodacom-Vrystaat-Cheetahs.

    Drotské en sy troepe sal egter 2006 se laaste ligawedstryd teen die Blou Bulle op Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria goed onthou. Vrystaat het toe ‘n bonuspunt benodig om tuis in ‘n moontlike eindstryd te speel. Ofskoon Vrystaat nie op daai dag gewen het nie, het hy laaste gelag deur tuis in die eindstryd te speel.

    Vrystaat het daai dag ook een van sy beste vertonings in jare op die aanval gelewer met Philip Burger wat as heelagter die verdediging van die Blou Bulle toe groot probleme besorg het.

    Burger is wel nou in Frankryk waar hy Perpignan verteenwoordig, maar Jongi Nokwe (vleuel) is nou die Vrystater wat die verdediging van die Ligbloues probleme kan besorg. Indien Vrystaat vier drieë behaal is die kans iedergeval uitstekend dat hy die wedstryd sal wen.

    Deur slegs ‘n bonuspunt teen die Blou Bulle te verdien, sal die Vodacom Vrystaat Cheetahs feitlik WP se kanse neutraliseer om tot die uitkloprondes deur te dring. Want Vrystaat behoort volpunte in sy twee ander oorblywende wedstryde teen die Valke en Boland te behaal om minstens vierde op die puntelys te eindig.

    Hendrik Cronje

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.09.08 14:36:58 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • you are being set up, along with the Bulls…i think Free State made a decision to target the home game against the Bulls for a win and they’ll be going all out to get it…last week they even held back a couple of players coming back from injury for this game

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.09.08 15:04:57 by spykerbaard Reply

  • @spykerbaard (Comment 10) : ” you are being set up, along with the Bulls ”

    Why expose the Cheetahs maste mind game….Sheesh!!!! 😀

  • Comment 11, posted at 17.09.08 06:17:26 by Silver Fox Reply

    Silver Fox
  • @Silver Fox (Comment 11) :

    ja, that was dof, he he 😉

  • Comment 12, posted at 17.09.08 07:41:51 by spykerbaard Reply


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