Another week, another skipper for Cheetahs

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Original Content, Super Rugby on 9 Mar 2011 at 09:37
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Sharks old boy Andries Strauss will become the fourth Cheetahs captain in as many matches as he leads the central team out against the Lions this weekend. Coach Naka Drotske has dropped flyhalf Naas Olivier after an unimpressive showing, both as playmaker and captain against the Stormers last week.

Strauss, who was a regular Vodacom Cup and sometimes Currie Cup captain during his time in Durban, is a hugely experienced player with strong communication skills and strong leadership capabilities and is sure to be the man to lead the Cheetahs to their opening win of the campaign. Whatever the case, at the end of the weekend there will (barring a draw) be only one South African team with no wins after four starts!

In other changes to the side, the big boot of Riaan Viljoen replaces the big boot of Hennie Daniller at fullback, while Sias Ebersohn takes over at number 10. Both flanks have also been changed, with Philip van der Walt and Frans Viljoen joining Ashley Johnson in a powerful loose trio.

Olivier will join Philip Burger on the bench, where along with Kabamba Floors and others, they’ll attempt to add some much-needed second half impetus.

Cheetahs – 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Philip Snyman, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Andries Strauss (captain), 11 Rayno Benjamin, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Ashley Johnson, 7 Philip van der Walt, 6 Frans Viljoen, 5 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 4 Martin Muller, 3 WP Nel, 2 Ryno Barnes, 1 Coenie Oosthuizen.
Subs: 16 Skipper Badenhorst, 17 Lourens Adriaanse, 18 Francois Uys, 19 Kabamba Floors, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Naas Olivier, 22 Philip Burger.


  • Eish…going from bad to worse for the Cheetah’s this season….I smell the 1st Lions win coming up this weekend.

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.03.11 09:47:50 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Ag jinnetjie, shame… 🙁 Dries does not deserve this…

    he deserves much better..

  • Comment 2, posted at 09.03.11 09:53:39 by Ice Reply
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  • There you go pick a ex shark as your cappie, step in the right direction. Shoh dropping Naas. If only Naka was the Stormers coach, Habana and Januarie would have been dropped a long time ago.

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.03.11 09:58:54 by Ben Reply
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  • Cheetahs could do with certain someone floating around a bit now.not gonna say who,maybe I’m rite and give some cheetahs ideas! Lol

  • Comment 4, posted at 09.03.11 10:04:03 by bergshark Reply

  • @ flyhalf.

  • Comment 5, posted at 09.03.11 10:04:33 by bergshark Reply

  • When brussow making his sr comeback?

  • Comment 6, posted at 09.03.11 10:05:12 by bergshark Reply

  • Dries would have been my choice as captain ahead of Naas Olivier if I was Naka. Mind you, I’m pretty glad I’m not Naka, the man has got problems.

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.03.11 10:06:32 by war1 Reply
  • If the Lions had Butch by now I definately would`ve gone Lions win, but with Elton there . . .

  • Comment 8, posted at 09.03.11 10:18:17 by Original Champion Reply
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  • Riaan Viljoen is much better than the plodding Daniller. Ebersohn most likely to be better than Naas. That’s 2 improvements already! 😮

  • Comment 9, posted at 09.03.11 10:19:30 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @Original Champion (Comment 8) :

    The general Rugby opnion of Elton IMO has been incredibly unfair lately ..The kid will come good just wait and see.

  • Comment 10, posted at 09.03.11 10:21:44 by CoffeeshopBok;-) Reply

  • @CoffeeshopBok;-) (Comment 10) : Yes, i think the critics have been a bit rough on the youngster. Besides why don’t the lions use another place-kicker and let the kid improve his all-round game. I think that’s the plan with Kockett anyway…

  • Comment 11, posted at 09.03.11 10:25:41 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @CoffeeshopBok;-) (Comment 10) :

    Not to mention some turd from Rapport dragging his name through the mud for no good reason and grossley inaccurate ..

    @CapeShark (Comment 11) :

    I think you are right ..he’s general open play has been pretty good ..perhaps a break from place kicking could just be the ticket.

  • Comment 12, posted at 09.03.11 10:29:49 by CoffeeshopBok;-) Reply

  • Lions really should win this. Should be a great game as both teams are equally average.

  • Comment 13, posted at 09.03.11 10:30:21 by Speed7 Reply

  • If they let Kockett kick it may help Elton relax a bit. Although his general play has been good. Besides slipping a few tackles.

  • Comment 14, posted at 09.03.11 10:32:59 by Speed7 Reply

  • @bergshark, probably next week. As captain.

  • Comment 15, posted at 09.03.11 12:22:30 by Crock Reply

  • @Crock (Comment 15) : LOL 🙂

  • Comment 16, posted at 09.03.11 12:27:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Speed7 (Comment 14) : only problem, with kockett on the field the backline doesn’t get quality ball. if you watch the last few games as soon as rory takes the field, the backline stops being dangerous.

  • Comment 17, posted at 09.03.11 12:58:56 by try time Reply

  • oh and well done andries, you deserve it. pity you have to try and right a sinking ship.

  • Comment 18, posted at 09.03.11 12:59:52 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 17) : Janno has been doing the 3 step lately as well.

  • Comment 19, posted at 09.03.11 13:07:45 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 19) : but the backline still gets decent ball and seem to be more dangerous. the backline is dead when rory comes on.

  • Comment 20, posted at 09.03.11 13:10:49 by try time Reply

  • Brussouw is now starting. Cheetahs seem o be rushing him back again. He should come off the bench if anything.

  • Comment 21, posted at 09.03.11 16:15:36 by Speed7 Reply

  • @Speed7 (Comment 21) : did you read that only on Superrugby, or somewhere else as well?

  • Comment 22, posted at 09.03.11 16:30:22 by robdylan Reply
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