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Naka sticks with Goosen

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 14 Sep 2011 at 08:40
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Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske has named an unchanged team from the one that drew against the Bulls on Saturday, continuing with Johan Goosen at flyhalf ahead of Sias Ebersohn.

The only change comes on the bench, where Andries Strauss comes in for Philip Burger in the 22 jersey. He will be facing his old team mates after winning the Currie Cup with the Sharks last season.

Coenie Oosthuizen continues at tighthead and will face his first real challenge against Dale Chadwick this week, and the battle amongst the forwards should be an intense one. Ashley Johnson off the back of the scrum will keep the Sharks loosies and halfbacks busy.

Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Riaan Smit, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Philip Snyman, 11 Cameron Jacobs, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Ashley Johnson, 7 Philip van der Walt, 6 Pieter Labuschagne, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Francois Uys, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Marcel van der Merwe.

Replacements: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 Boom Prinsloo, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Andries Strauss.


  • This is a bit surprising.. What did Sias do wrong? He has been good in his games so far..

    I would put Goosen at 12 ahead of Snyman and play both

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.09.11 08:47:29 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 1) :

    Reckon Naka has it right. Goosen is a brilliant young player who needs game-time now. Will only make it harder for him if he had to step in at S15 level with no significant experience.

    A difficult choice leaving out Ebersohn, but Naka obviously knows what he has in him. With the long seasons a good rest won’t hurt him 😀 We are always complaining about overplaying aren’t we!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.09.11 08:58:41 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 2) :

    I think Goosen is an amazing talent, but Sias isnt exactly poor in comparison, and at some stage the inexperience will count against him..

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.09.11 09:00:25 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 3) :

    Fair enough, but you’ve got to gain experience somehow… and Naka seems to be bringing Ebersohn in to close out games as well.

    Both brilliant players, but if they both get significant game-time in the S15, I would not be surprised if Goosen ends up being the Springbok flyhalf.

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.09.11 09:06:22 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 4) :

    The Currie Cup is about bringing through talent, so kudo’s to the Cheetahs for doing that..

    As for Goosen, I concur.. future Springbok, and he will push Lambie to better things..

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.09.11 09:14:09 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Naka is quoted in Die Volksblad as saying they are going to target our scrums because we struggled against the Pumas in the scrums last week. 😆

    Are there veldfires in Bloem? I think Naka stood to close to them.

    Did he not see that Buys chap (I would have said “chappy” but have you SEEN the size of the guy?) get folded in half and popped out of so many scrums?

    Did he not hear the ref constantly giving instructions to Chadwick to engage higher because Tubs couldn’t engage that low?

    Naka saw no evil, he heard no evil, and I predict his Cheetahs will do no evil this weekend.

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.09.11 10:49:32 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.09.11 10:55:47 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Thats a pretty solid Cheetahs side and the Sharks will have to pull finger to get points in Bloem!
    As for playing Goosen i dont think its anything Sias did wrong but more a case of Goosen getting a chance and then playing so well that its hard to leave him out! They both very similar flyhalves so maybe Goosen just fits Naka’s team structure better at the moment.

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.09.11 11:42:35 by SheldonK Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 4) : yeah it’s good that Naka is giving Johan “dopey” Goosen some gametime, the kid is special.

  • Comment 9, posted at 14.09.11 11:46:06 by Megatron Reply

  • As has already been mentioned. Goosen is doing nothing wrong and playing him is going to help the Cheetahs immensely come S15 when they have 2 experienced flyhalves.

    Tha traditional battle for the SA wooden spoon could well see a new contendor.

  • Comment 10, posted at 14.09.11 11:48:00 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 9) : Short bus special? 😉

  • Comment 11, posted at 14.09.11 11:49:08 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Naka is seriously neeking around with my FL team… 👿

  • Comment 12, posted at 14.09.11 12:26:08 by Franshark Reply
  • @Franshark (Comment 12) :

    Rassie a smart guy making full use of his squad :mrgreen:

    Someone maybe repost that article here? Would mean no bidding wars between different provinces and players would go to where they are best suited, and not allow a franchise like the Bulls to load up on talented players who would be down their depth chart, but be starting elsewhere. A draft system would obviously also come into effect you’d think :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 14.09.11 12:35:23 by hendrikp Reply

  • I would have gone for Sias at 12. Next to his brother.

  • Comment 14, posted at 14.09.11 13:39:56 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 14) :

    It could be very interesting..

  • Comment 15, posted at 14.09.11 13:41:29 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 14) : ja at least I’d get some points for him.

  • Comment 16, posted at 14.09.11 15:46:05 by Franshark Reply

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