Richard Ferguson

Super Rugby preview – Cheetahs

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Original Content, Super Rugby on 21 Feb 2012 at 12:00
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Next we have a look at the Cheetahs, the team tipped to finish last in the South African conference this season. With a few key injuries and a few players lost to other franchises, the team might just struggle as they did last season.

Juan Smith has for all practical reason been ruled out for the season again, after yet another Achilles injury. Add to the loss of Sarel Pretorius and Riaan Viljoen, the team has lost a bit of its core leadership group.

What they have lost in experience, they found in talent in the Currie Cup last year, with Johan Goosen coming to the fore and making every single rugby supporter in the country sit up and take notice. Goosen will no doubt play for the Springboks one day, how soon though depends on how well his first season of Super Rugby goes. He has a prodigious boot on him, but the youngster might get caught out in defence and lack of decision making at this level.

Inside Goosen is where the Cheetahs will battle this season, with no clear replacement for Sarel Pretorius, the team will have to juggle Piet van Zyl and Tewis de Bruyn until one of them puts their hand up and plays well.

The Cheetahs have a sound group of loosies, even after the loss of Juan Smith, with Heinrich Brussow, Ashley Johnson and Davon Raubenheimer forming a formidable combination. The front row also looks good with Coenie Oosthuizen, Adriaan Strauss and WP Nel leading the pack from the front, and in Marcel van der Merwe , Ryno Barnes and Lourens Adriaanse they have solid depth.

The outside half of the backline is uninspiring to say the least, with the probable starting centre combination Andries Strauss and Rob Ebersohn lacking that real oomph, and they might have speed on the wings, but nobody that really stands out and scream brilliant.

Players to keep an eye on this season are definitely Johan Goosen, as mentioned above, as well as Heinrich Brussow who, if he can stay fit, should have a blinder of a season.

I suspect it will be a close race to who fills the wooden spoonists spot in the South African conference, but I suspect the men from Bloemfontein might just have that honour.


  • No way the Cheetahs will finish bottom :mrgreen:

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.02.12 12:17:41 by hendrikp Reply
  • @hendrikp (Comment 1) : Yeah they have such good loose forward depth.

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.02.12 12:43:35 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) :

    You are on form dude!

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.02.12 12:53:03 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 3) : I’m bored. That’s dangerous. 😳

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.02.12 12:55:13 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) :

    Nothing wrong with that..

    Whenever boredom hits, write an article 😉

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.02.12 14:21:48 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 5) : from my phone?? 🙁

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.02.12 14:41:37 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) :

    Or on a normal PC..

    Have you heard of this awesome thing called email, I can post it on your behalf.. 😉

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.02.12 14:47:22 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Right I may aswell fire the first volley here …cause it seems like the cigar club around here…

    Lions to quite frankly smash the Cheetahs …by 20 is my call. 🙂

    And Sharks fans chillax …there is a huge void in Bulls country and it doesn’t fill up in game one …

    Sharks by 10

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.02.12 17:26:41 by csb Reply

  • I quite rate the Cheetahs centre pairing, and I think they should also consider Sias at 12 should they want variation to the solid steel of Strauss in midfield.

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.02.12 18:19:03 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 9) :

    Strauss the rich mans De Wet Barry :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.02.12 18:55:42 by csb Reply

  • @Big Fish (Comment 9) :

    Very good player ..I’d be chuffed if he was in the Lions squad though.

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.02.12 18:57:06 by csb Reply

  • @csb (Comment 11) : You just being selfish now! You guys have enough hard midfielders as it is! 😉

    But of course, you guys are apparently doomed already. 🙄

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.02.12 19:31:59 by Big Fish Reply
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