Van Vuuren fit – but still no Ebersohn

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Currie Cup, Original Content on 27 Jul 2011 at 09:49
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Cheetahs hooker PW van Vuuren has been named in the Cheetahs lineup to play the Sharks in Durban this weekend, despite coming off injured against the Blue Bulls last week. There is still no sign of midfield playmaker Rob Ebersohn, though.

Coach Naka Drotske has mostly kept faith with the players that squandered a big first-half lead to lose at Loftus by three points. Former Sharks midfielder Andries Strauss captains the side from the number 12 jersey, which sees Rayno Benjamin take over from Philip Snyman at wing in the only personnel change amongst the starting 15. Benjamin will be on the left, meaning a positional switch for Riaan Smit, who swaps 11 for 14.

Baby Bok flyhalf Johan Goosen drops out of the 22 this week, with Snyman occupying his spot on the bench. Goosen will presumably be available to the Cheetahs under 21 side.

Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Riaan Smit, 13 Corné Uys, 12 Andries Strauss (captain), 11 Rayno Benjamin, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Tewis de Bruyn, 8 Boom Prinsloo, 7 Pieter Labuschagné, 6 Johan Wessels, 5 Waltie Vermeulen, 4 Francois Uys, 3 WP Nel, 2 PW van Vuuren, 1 Marcel van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Michael van Vuuren, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Izak van der Westhuizen, 19 Pieter Myburgh, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Philip Snyman, 22 Philip Burger.


  • I really hope Freddie M is fit to play.

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.07.11 09:58:03 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 1) : we got to win this one up front… if we do, JLP will be fine at 10

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.07.11 10:15:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • I’m keen to see what the Vrystaat u21 do with Franna if Johan slots in at 10. It would be good to see how Franna plays at 15 but I suspect 12 is the more obvious move.

    Hope the same as JarsonX. No disrespect to JLP but Freddy has been huge this CC season so far.

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.07.11 10:20:29 by beet Reply
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  • go SHARKS :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.07.11 10:21:29 by rekinek Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : And we can, unless we play like last week.

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.07.11 10:24:19 by JarsonX Reply
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  • bit of the topic, but i see walter venter is only on the bench for the leopards this weekend. i really thought that he had what it take to make it big time. maybe he plays better after taking a few castles… 😐 😆

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.07.11 10:25:29 by VanWilder Reply

  • @JarsonX (Comment 5) : i still maintain that the pumas played REALLY well. sure, the sharks did not play as good as against the bulls, but the pumas did play well. i dont think we appreciate the win against the pumas, at witbank/neslpruit as we should. i think a few BIG guns will fall there this year. i thought kimberley would be tough, but with 4 points in the bag from nelspruit, i think this should be a tougher assignment.

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.07.11 10:28:42 by VanWilder Reply

  • @VanWilder (Comment 6) : Who must take the castles, you are Walter.? 😆

  • Comment 8, posted at 27.07.11 10:33:53 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @VanWilder (Comment 7) : Agree, the Pumas are doing well.

  • Comment 9, posted at 27.07.11 10:37:28 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 8) : haha, i only need to take a few castles to watch a distinct few players: and the nominations are:

    earl rose
    wynand olivier
    deon stegman
    tewis de bruyn
    and last but not least, in the hall of fame:
    Jorrie Muller

  • Comment 10, posted at 27.07.11 11:00:16 by VanWilder Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : @beet (Comment 3) : Not a JLP fan I’m afraid so hopefully FM will be fit. A 10,12,13 combo of JLP, Bosman, and Joubert will be one dimensional and weak defensively especially at 10 & 12.

    There are plenty of comments on the “poor” performance against the Pumas. The same applied to the Lions after they scraped in the previous week.

    Give the Pumas some credit – they are going to be a tough assignment for anyone this year particularly up front.
    The Lions performance in Kimberley and the Sharks performance the previous week against the Bulls should put this Pumas team’s strength in perspective.

  • Comment 11, posted at 27.07.11 11:44:27 by steve Reply

  • @steve (Comment 11) : Steve, the first big test for the Lions juniors is coming up this weekend. I don’t quite know what to make of the Leopards u21s this season. FS u21 were competitive vs the Bulls for much of their match despite going down badly in the end and more or less the same FS team lost to the Leopards at home. However WP u21 then beat them proper last Friday night. I suspect that WP are the team to beat this year but like I said, I’m not sure where the Leopards u21 fit into the big picture just yet. I know you mentioned the preseason game vs the Lions but I think they’ll up their game.

    The Leopards u19 look like a good team. The game vs the Lions should be a good contest.

  • Comment 12, posted at 27.07.11 12:15:29 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 12) : The Leopards are always tough at u19 & 21 level. They have a good system in place at Pukke.

    I saw them against WP and had expected more after they had beaten the OFS in Bloem the previous week. I am sure that it will be a tough one on saturday regardless of how the warm match went – I just hope it doesnt allow a bit of complacency to creep in to the Lions side.

    I watched the Lions U19’s play SWD but it was so one sided that it is hard to infer too much about how they will go for the season. They are well coached by Hans Coetzee and have a good squad – the pack is massive, the third lock, Paul Willemse from Monnas, is 2m and 135kg, and the backs aren’t much smaller especially in midfield where the 12, JP du Plessis, weighs in at 105kg. Their 1st choice 9 & 10 are playing for the U21’s. Hein Cronje the 1st choice U21 flyhalf is benching for the CC side but will probably move back down when Jantjies is back from NZ.

    As usual injuries and squad depth will play a major role in the success of all the teams in 2011 and WP are particularly strong on that front.

    Lions U21’s have already lost their 1st choice 13, Divan Ferguson, along with flanker Rinus Riekert for the season. Two first choice locks are currently injured along with Wandile Mjekevu who moved in from wing to 13 for the Valke game. All of these guys have played for SA U20 and at Vodacom Cup level.

    The front row contest will be interesting in this matchup – the Lions Wessel du Randt at loosehead and Ruan Dreyer at tighthead, who both played for SA U20 in Japan in 2010, will be up against Glenwood boy John Roy Jenkinson who was in the SA U20 side this year. MHS old boy Louis Albertse who played Craven Week in 2008 and played for the Lions U21’s last year is not currently in the match 22. Another Kzn link is Schnetler the former Glenwood and SA schools lock now with the Leopards.

  • Comment 13, posted at 27.07.11 13:34:20 by steve Reply

  • @steve (Comment 13) : the jp du plessis, could it be the same jp du plessis that went over to the rebels at the beginning of the season?

  • Comment 14, posted at 27.07.11 13:52:24 by VanWilder Reply

  • @VanWilder (Comment 14) : Not sure but I dont think so – the one who went to the Rebels was from the WP and was also initially contracted by the Lions (believe his old man was/is involved with the Lions) and I think that this guy is from the Pumas – HTS Middelburg – but I may have my wires crossed.

  • Comment 15, posted at 27.07.11 14:03:57 by steve Reply

  • @steve (Comment 15) : would be nice to know for sure, because i also read about his connections to the lions via his father.

  • Comment 16, posted at 27.07.11 14:22:10 by VanWilder Reply


  • Comment 17, posted at 27.07.11 14:32:33 by Loosehead Reply

  • @VanWilder (Comment 16) : Not the same guy. The JP du Plessis who went to the Rebels was from Paul Roos and played Craven week for WP in 2009. This one is from HTS Middelburg and represented the Pumas at Craven Week in 2010.

  • Comment 18, posted at 27.07.11 14:33:14 by steve Reply

  • @steve (Comment 18) : thanx for the let know.

  • Comment 19, posted at 27.07.11 14:46:16 by VanWilder Reply

  • @steve (Comment 18) : JP du Plessis of HTS Middelburg has trimmed down a bit. Last year the word going around was that he was 108kg. I also saw quite a bit of the Lions u19’s. You’re right, it was hard to draw any conclusions from the game.

  • Comment 20, posted at 27.07.11 15:13:39 by beet Reply
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