Cheetahs gain a lock – and a centre?

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 17 Aug 2010 at 09:44
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Blue Bulls lock Wilhelm Steenkamp will pull on his third jersey in just two seasons when he moves to the Cheetahs next year. The Emerging Bok, who has fallen out of favour in Pretoria in recent times, was drafted into the Sharks Super 14 squad earlier this year as emergency cover for Johann Muller and Gerhard Mostert.

While a number of websites – as well as both unions – seem to confirm the Steenkamp switch, one in particular – Suparugby – has let the cat out of the bag about a switch that I’ve heard talked about for some time. It looks likely that Sharks centre Andries Strauss will finally be heading back to Bloemfontein, after leaving his home town to join the Sharks at the end of the 2005 season. Strauss, who initially was selected as first choice inside centre for the majority of the 2006 Super 14, saw his shares drop as first Brad Barritt, then later Frans Steyn and Riaan Swanepoel established a monopoly on the number 12 jersey.

Always prepared to give his all, Strauss – a regular Vodacom Cup captain – seems to have finally made the decision to move back and try to revive a career that has never really hit the anticipated heights in Durban. Ironically, the chances are that he will leave as the Sharks incumbent number 12. The theory put forward on SupaRugby is that the signing of Meyer Bosman has put paid to any lingering hopes Strauss may have had of game time in the Super 15, so he’s moving the other way to fill the gap vacated by his rival.

Don’t take this as confirmed yet, but it does now pass my “two independent sources” rule and as such, is probably pretty close to what will happen.


  • Logical move really with JLP and Bosman, Durban bound. Dries will slot in at 12 for the Cheetahs nicely. Good luck to him.

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.08.10 09:48:51 by Oubaas2009 Reply
  • Wilhelm Steenkamp is a great signing for the Cheetahs. The fact the Bulls offered a contract to Fudge Mabeta ahead of him must have pissed him off. Fudge is sweet but not good.

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.08.10 09:50:24 by Oubaas2009 Reply
  • I think it’s the best thing he can possibly do. With Meyer and JLP in the mix it’s going to be difficult for anyone to secure a place for themselves.

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.08.10 09:50:58 by Jarson Reply
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  • Sorry, but I don’t rate Steenkamp at all. He’s soft

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.08.10 09:54:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • Pity that Strauss is leaving as he is hitting the form of his career… Probably the better option then playing Vodacom Cup next year for the Sharks, atleast he will see some S15 rugby, if only from the bench..

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.08.10 09:54:11 by Mole Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : Softer than Fudge?

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.08.10 09:54:49 by Oubaas2009 Reply

  • @Oubaas2009 (Comment 1) : Surely Obersohn will start ahead of him?

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.08.10 09:55:18 by Mole Reply

  • @Mole (Comment 7) : Ebersohn has been playing 13 this CC season. I think they will keep him there.

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.08.10 10:00:10 by Oubaas2009 Reply

  • @Oubaas2009 (Comment 6) : Fudge is a Boys High boy. I have no option but to rate him.

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.08.10 10:02:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : lol Is that the Boshaai?

  • Comment 10, posted at 17.08.10 10:09:10 by Oubaas2009 Reply

  • i heard walter venter is going to bloem

  • Comment 11, posted at 17.08.10 10:12:20 by war1 Reply
  • FS should instead of moaning about other unions poaching there players, contract Sarel Pretorius, Riaan Viljoen and Bjorn Basson from Griquas.

  • Comment 12, posted at 17.08.10 10:17:16 by Oubaas2009 Reply

  • @war1 (Comment 11) : ah well, would have loved to see him in a sharks jersey, but if true, would be a good move for him. A centre that i also would have loved to see in Sharks colours was Ronny Cooke. I was hoping that Rudolf (when we had our centre crisis) would have given him a ring…

  • Comment 13, posted at 17.08.10 10:18:12 by VanWilder Reply

  • Good luck to Andries if he does move. I have had my reservations about him playing outside the type pf flyhalves we have had until now, but he is perfect outside Lambie.

    One thing that I must give him is that he is a helluva team player. I wish him all the best if he does move.

  • Comment 14, posted at 17.08.10 10:37:58 by Big Fish Reply
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  • FS must stop poaching players now this is ridiculous…lol

    @VanWilder (Comment 13) :
    Yes Ronny was realy good.

  • Comment 15, posted at 17.08.10 10:58:18 by Uli Reply
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  • @Oubaas2009 (Comment 10) : Pretoria Boys High, not Paarl

  • Comment 16, posted at 17.08.10 11:24:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 15) : lol damn poachers!

  • Comment 17, posted at 17.08.10 11:55:38 by VanWilder Reply

  • Well good luck in the FS

  • Comment 18, posted at 17.08.10 17:30:18 by chaz Reply

  • Cheetahs have also signed Rayno Benjamin

  • Comment 19, posted at 18.08.10 09:12:18 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • Viability of stadiums questioned

    Aug 17, 2010 10:01 PM | By CHARL DU PLESSIS

    Addressing Parliament’s portfolio committee on sports and recreation, union president Oregan Hoskins said the use of the stadiums by provincial rugby teams “should have been discussed before we built the new soccer stadiums”.

    “It’s tragic for us as a nation that we now have to act in reverse gear,” he said.

    Hoskins said there had been a “total breakdown” in communication between the Western Province Rugby Union and SAIL, the company that manages the new Cape Town stadium, about Western Province’s refusal to play matches there.

    “I told the CEO of SAIL [Brand de Villiers] a few days ago that it is no use when the proverbial s**t hits the fan – excuse my language but there’s no other way to describe it – then you come running to SA Rugby.”

    Tobie Titus, president of the Western Province Rugby Union, said his union and other partners made a bid to manage the new stadium, but were told “by certain people to forget about” it.

    “The same people who told us to not to continue became the new operators,” he said.

    Titus said his union was advised by a “leading financial institution” to remain at their Newlands home.

    Hoskins said the main problem at Durban’s Moses Mabhida stadium was that it did not have enough suites. He said he was “not so sure” that Durban municipal manager Mike Sutcliffe and Sharks boss Brian van Zyl were “getting on in a friendly manner”.

    But earlier yesterday, Sutcliffe told the committee he had “no doubt that in time Sharks rugby will be played at the stadium”.

    Cape Town city co-ordinator Leslie de Reuck said their “operator has been in discussion with Western Province Rugby”.

    Both delegations asked for more money from government to maintain the stadiums.

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    Somehow “I told you so just doesn’t quite do it”. LMAO

  • Comment 20, posted at 18.08.10 09:20:55 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 20) : maybe we can make the Moses Mabhida stadium our U21 and U19 home… πŸ™‚ why dont the psl (soccer league) play their games there?

  • Comment 21, posted at 18.08.10 10:00:19 by VanWilder Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 20) : I cant see that not having enough suites is the biggest hurdle… Yes its a money maker, but there are a hell of a lot of them sit vacant – have a look next time you there – this weekend will probably be a bad example… πŸ˜‰

    Mabhida is awesome, but it just isnt the Tank. Who here wants to see Kings Park destroyed, or turned into a car park?

    Give it to Amazulu FC.

  • Comment 22, posted at 18.08.10 10:19:11 by Mole Reply

  • I dont think the sharks will move. There are many other factors to take into account such as naming rights (absa stadium) etc. And to b quite honest i dont want 2 sit further away from da pitch, and 4 people coming frm further away its awesome 2 make a day of it and get a braai going on da fields etc . Besides da fact that its our home. So i dont c the shareholders and season ticket holders ever wanting 2 move, there just arent any advantages

  • Comment 23, posted at 18.08.10 10:45:36 by RuckingFun Reply

  • @VanWilder (Comment 21) : @Mole (Comment 22) : @RuckingFun (Comment 23) :

    As awesome as it is, MM should not have been built in the first place.

  • Comment 24, posted at 18.08.10 10:54:13 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 24) : You think it should have been a total upgrade of Kings Park?

  • Comment 25, posted at 18.08.10 10:56:32 by Mole Reply

  • Hats off to Andries.

    He has shown incredible loyalty to the Sharks and has happily played without complaint in the Vodacom Cup side when he was needed there. I am sure your career with the Sharks didn’t go quite as well as planned, but you stuck it out like a true pro and didn’t give up or get despondent.

    Good luck at the Cheetahs next year, I trust they will give you lots of game time. Sad to see you going now that you are playing the best rugby of your career.

  • Comment 26, posted at 18.08.10 11:28:52 by jonnow Reply

  • @Mole (Comment 25) : I think they should have just refurbished and extended KP capacity if that’s what you mean by total upgrade.

  • Comment 27, posted at 18.08.10 11:29:50 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 27) :

    Who owns Kings Park by the way??
    When was it built??

    Dude, why should SAF or govt revamp/refurbish a stadium that doesn’t belong to them??

    It doesnt make sense. πŸ™„

  • Comment 28, posted at 18.08.10 11:56:47 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 28) : natal rugby union owns the stadium, durban city council own the land (as far as I know)

  • Comment 29, posted at 18.08.10 12:43:44 by Greg Reply

  • To bad about Dries, I always thought with the right players around him he would be a decent player. Problem is at the Cheetahs they not going to have those type of players around him and right now at the Sharks we do. Man, he should have hung in there for one more year. I really think he would have given JLP and Bosman a go for the starting position.

  • Comment 30, posted at 19.08.10 18:17:23 by Letgo Reply
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