Cheetahs lose a skipper, but gain two others

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Original Content, Super Rugby on 24 Feb 2011 at 08:22
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You’ve got to give Adriaan Strauss some credit. The bloke injured his hand early on in the match against the Sharks last week and was clearly in quite considerable discomfort throughout. The captain played on regardless, though and it has since emerged that his hand was in fact broken… quite a show of guts to carry on going with that sort of injury!

The burly hooker has duly been ruled out this week, leading to a promotion for Griquas rake Rayno Barnes off the bench. Former Sharks squad member Skipper Badenhorst wil come into the number 16 jersey, but it’s the return of another skipper (not the lack of capitalisation) that will cause Cheetahs fans the most relief. Their talisman, flanker Juan Smith, has been named to start at blindside flank, in place of Philip van der Walt.

The Cheetahs, as we know, are a different side when Smith is playing and while beating the Bulls, albeit in Bloemfontein, was always going to be a tough ask, their chan es of doing so have now gone from “zero” to merely “improbable”.

The only other change to the side that lost in Durban is at lock, where a specialist in Waltie Vermuelen replaces Francois Uys, the latter more a of a utility forward than a dedicated second rower.

Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Philip Burger, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Ryno Benjamin, 10 Naas Olivier 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Kabamba Floors, 7 Juan Smith (captain), 6 Frans Viljoen, 5 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 4 Waltie Vermeulen, 3 WP Nel, 2 Rayno Barnes, 1 Coenie Oosthuizen.

Replacements: 16 Skipper Badenhorst, 17 Kobus Calldo, 18 Francois Uys, 19 Ashley Johnson, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Riaan Viljoen.


  • Long afternoon for these boys.

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.02.11 08:25:54 by Speed7 Reply
  • It will be 40 mins of great rugby (with both teams falling into slumber in the second half)… Bulls to sneak it – hopefully no bonus point. If they don’t sneak it, then they will have hammered The Cheetahs…

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.02.11 08:33:01 by DarkDestroyer Reply
  • I want to see one of the pretty boy backline players play with a broken hand. Its just once a generation you get backline players capable of that eg. Jouba and Percy.

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.02.11 08:33:03 by KingRiaan Reply
  • Go Cheetahs! :mrgreen:

    I’ve broken fingers IN my hand before, pinky and ring finger. After about 10mins I couldnt even hold an umbrella. Pain was excruiciating.

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.02.11 08:35:14 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • You just beat me to it Robbo..

    This should lift the team, but I am not sure the Cheetahs can withstand a Bulls team that will want to go out and prove they are better than a one point win over the Lions..

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.02.11 08:40:40 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Thats the second time specialist lock is mentioned like they are doing something special, were they planning to play Philip Burger at lock?

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.02.11 08:40:43 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 5) : Yep; Juan Smith has an aura around him that his Cheetahs mates feel inspired by, but a Cheetahs backlash VS a Bulls backlash are not one and the same, as The Bulls say it will be a scrappy hard fought game until someone gains parity, and the smart money has to say that it will be The Bulls; although I would love for The Cheetahs to upset them…

    Yes, as for Adriaan Strauss, incredible showing to play through the pain barrier… Kudos, to the tough hooker…

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.02.11 08:50:19 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • I probably would`ve gone with Ashley Johnson for this one.

    Imagine the FS can sneak this one?

    Fat chance I know.

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.02.11 08:53:24 by Original Champion Reply
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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 6) : I know what you mean… kind of a no-brainer, isn’t it… pick locks at lock and flanks at flank…

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.02.11 08:58:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Original Champion (Comment 8) : Whats the deal with Ashley Johnson; is he coming back from injury?
    Talking of which, great to see Heinrich due some game time VS Falcons in VC… Lets wish him the best of luck, comebacks are always nerve wracking affairs…

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.02.11 09:08:33 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : 😈

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.02.11 09:15:58 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • Cheetahs will be in it for the first 30min… But from there on imo the bulls are going to kick into 3rd gear and score a couple of points… hopefully they don’t get into 4th.

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.02.11 09:16:14 by SharksRTB Reply

  • Come on cheetahs !!! You can do it !
    Lol Bulls my 2nd fav side 😛 but i find myself cheering for the underdog .
    Cheethas Forwards will be much improved -Wonder why they stick with Kabamba at 8 ??? Poor Ash Johnson being made into an impact player?? Wonder why they dont try having johnson in the mix with frans viljoen…6.Frans V 7.Smith 8.Johnson awesome loose forward trio -loosing straus at hooker is huge ,wonder if we will see AJ go into front row again haha

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.02.11 09:24:37 by Talent Reply
  • I realise how hard that is to read

  • Comment 14, posted at 24.02.11 09:25:45 by Talent Reply
  • 5 easy log points for the Bulls.

  • Comment 15, posted at 24.02.11 09:25:53 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 15) : Ya i think i agree unfortunately

  • Comment 16, posted at 24.02.11 09:38:34 by Talent Reply
  • Yeah I really would have started with Ashley Johnson for this game. I think the cheetahs will need the physicality in the forwards.

  • Comment 17, posted at 24.02.11 10:09:13 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 17) : My only assumption would be that AJ was carrying a niggle, he is much better suited to the No.8 than Kabamba – who is a good super sub…

  • Comment 18, posted at 24.02.11 11:02:28 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 18) : Yeah I don’t know the word is he isn’t even injured. Very strange decision to start with Kabamba again.

  • Comment 19, posted at 24.02.11 11:23:19 by Ben Reply
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  • @SharksRTB (Comment 12) : If the Bulls fall asleep in the second half again they might be in trouble!

    Come on Cheetahs!!
    Hope Bissie`s good friend Pro is the ref! 😈

  • Comment 20, posted at 24.02.11 11:57:58 by Original Champion Reply
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  • @DarkDestroyer, also wishing Brussow best of luck with his comeback. Its like taking your life into your own hands when going up against 15 tow-truck drivers!

  • Comment 21, posted at 24.02.11 12:48:06 by Crock Reply


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