Few changes in Cheetahs preliminary group

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Original Content, Super Rugby on 11 Nov 2011 at 10:57
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Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske has suffered a far lower-than-usual loss of players ahead of next year’s Super rugby competition and has named a strong 51-man provisional training squad for the competition.

Sarel Pretorius is the big departure, with the former Griquas scrummie having signed a deal that will see him represent the Waratahs in Super Rugby next year – although bizarrely, he will be available to play for the Cheetahs in the Currie Cup – while nomadic lock Wilhelm Steenkamp will play for his third Super Rugby team in as many year when he returns to the Bulls for 2012. Steenkamp played for the Sharks as a loan player in 2010 before making Bloemfontein his (very temporary) home this year.

Jongi Nokwe is another player who will not feature this year – his contract with the Cheetahs having been terminated due to his frequent injury problems and loss of form.

A number of acquisitions have come into the group via Griquas, with former Boland fullback Willie ler Roux, Pumas scrumhalf Jacques Coetzee and Bulls age-group flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff all moving the Kimberley ahead of next season.

Here is the full provisional squad:

Backs: Willie le Roux, Rudi Vogt, Hennie Daniller, Rayno Benjamin, Philip Burger, Riaan Smit, Nico Scheepers, Cameron Jacobs, Dusty Noble, Rocco Jansen, Matt Rosslee, Wilmaure Louw, Jean Stemmet, Philip Snyman, Robert Ebersohn, Barry Geel, Andries Strauss, Johan Goosen, Sias Ebersohn, Marnitz Boshoff, Jacques Coetzee, Marnus Hugo, Tewis de Bruyn, Pieter van Zyl .

Forwards: Leon Karemaker, Ashley Johnson, Lappies Labuschagné, Juan Smith, Philip van der Walt, Davon Raubenheimer, Heinrich Brüssow, Johan Wessels, Justin Downey, George Earl, Martin Muller, JC Astle, Andries Ferreira, Francois Uys, Izak van der Westhuizen, Ockie van Zyl, Waltie Vermeulen, Janro van Niekerk, Lourens Adriaanse, Trevor Nyakane, Coenie Oosthuizen, Marcel van der Merwe, WP Nel, Ryno Barnes , Hercu Liebenberg, Adriaan Strauss, PW van Vuuren.

A special prize for the first person who can tell me why some of the names above are in bold 🙂


  • All players the Sharks poached?

    oh no wait that is only if you have a FS cap on 🙂

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.11.11 11:01:16 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • You couls add JC Astle as well – he played Craven Week for natal in 2008 and was contracted to OFS in 2009.
    i think George Earl is also a natal boy

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.11.11 11:05:08 by steve Reply
  • All players in Bold have been involved with The Sharks or Academy at some stage in their careers. Guessing here… 😉

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.11.11 11:06:34 by JJR Reply
  • was gonna say they all from Griquas the guys in Bold; but then saw Strauss…

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.11.11 11:09:55 by JJR Reply
  • @steve (Comment 2) : aah thanks… yes, although I wasnt really thinking about school rugby

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.11.11 11:11:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • Rocco Jansen was a bit cheeky… cos he only played for the Sharks in a friendly match as a loan player 🙂

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.11.11 11:12:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • Andries Ferreira,man here’s 1 lad who I expected big things from,SA Schools lock in 2008,was really dissapointed when he didn’t make SA u20 last year

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.11.11 11:23:34 by Ludz Reply

  • @Ludz (Comment 7) :

    Didn’t he go overseas or something. Played for a small club somewhere I think.

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.11.11 11:26:27 by hendrikp Reply

  • Rob my man,

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.11.11 11:39:02 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 9) :

    Will be interesting to see the trimmed-down 45 man squad. Will be a lot easier to see who might be going!

  • Comment 10, posted at 11.11.11 11:45:45 by hendrikp Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : OFS are quick to claim every schoolboy who comes to the academy as one of theirs – interestingly they are also fond of claiming Andre Joubert and henry Honiball who only went to varsity there 😉

  • Comment 11, posted at 11.11.11 11:52:29 by steve Reply

  • @steve: that’s what annoys me about them.they want to take credit for every player that passed through their rugby system in whatever way,as if the secret is their coaching.
    But there are a lot of players who play and have played at provincial and test level that come from the fs region.
    But then again,os isn’t a fs homeboy.neither was rassie.

  • Comment 12, posted at 11.11.11 12:06:40 by bergshark Reply

  • @bergshark (Comment 12) :

    Says the supporter of a team which has benefited from them not being able to afford to hold onto their promising young players.

    Free State, and Western Province are the true Springbok ‘nurseries’. Fact.

  • Comment 13, posted at 11.11.11 12:12:46 by hendrikp Reply

  • Theuns stofberg,ex free stater lured to the cape.
    Schalk burger snr from ep ( schalk was born in pe).
    The du plessis brothers ( willie,michael,carel – jacques never played for the boks ,but played provincial rugby for ep on the wing).
    How about giving ep rugby some credit also?
    Nick mallett- wasn’t he also ex ep?
    Where was gert smal from originally ? And hennie bekker?

  • Comment 14, posted at 11.11.11 12:56:53 by bergshark Reply

  • Danie craven – free stater.yes,maybe weepee has benefited more from the free state rugby wise for far longer than the sharks

  • Comment 15, posted at 11.11.11 12:59:39 by bergshark Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 13) : WP 🙄 🙄 🙄 …Alot of good players I agree but not a springbok nursery ,GP/EC/OFS . WP biggest advantage is their uni`s, alot of guys I was at school with played/play for either UCT or Stellenbosch -even guys who played second ,third and fourth side ended up playing for uct 20bs etc…

  • Comment 16, posted at 11.11.11 14:17:15 by Talent Reply
  • If the Cheetahs get Frans Steyn we’re all farked. He is playing like a true superstar.

  • Comment 17, posted at 11.11.11 16:59:21 by Predawn Reply

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  • @bergshark (Comment 14) : @Talent (Comment 16) :

    Believe what you like. But let’s look at birthplaces.

    Springboks born in:
    Cape Town – 50
    Johannesburg – 33
    Pretoria – 33 (including guys like Robbie Brink & Braam van Straaten recently).

    Or schools. The only schools in double figures for Springboks are:
    Paul Roos – 42
    Bishops – 35
    Grey College (Bloem) – 35
    SACS – 27
    Paarl Gym – 18
    Kimberley Boys’ High – 16
    Paarl Boys’ High – 16
    Rondebosch Boys’ High – 14

    Or since 1992:
    Grey College – 19
    Paarl Gym – 10
    **WP schools & Grey College taking 4 of the top 7 spots since 92.

    So you guys were saying? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 18, posted at 14.11.11 03:46:34 by hendrikp Reply

  • @Predawn (Comment 17) :

    If the Cheetahs get more money, we’re all farked!

    Their big problem is trying to get the best out of players who aren’t nearly at the same level as their opposition, and then relying on the few stars they have to get them through those games.

    They’ve had to cut their roster from something like 55 players down to 33 if I remember correctly, so that they can afford to hold onto guys like Brussow & the Ebersohn twins.

  • Comment 19, posted at 14.11.11 03:49:47 by hendrikp Reply

  • Interesting to to see Walter Venter on the list . He signed for Griquas for next season

  • Comment 20, posted at 14.11.11 10:03:43 by Zibbie Reply
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