Cheetahs back debutants at Loftus

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Original Content, Super Rugby on 27 Jun 2012 at 07:30
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Bok hooker Adriaan Strauss will pack down in the middle of a relatively inexperienced front row when the Cheetahs face the Bulls in a Super Rugby derby at Loftus this weekend.

According to Beeld, Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske has opted to give Marcel van der Merwe, who excelled at loose head in last year’s Currie Cup, the somewhat unfamiliar number 3 jersey this weekend, with regular tight head WP Nel on the bench. Trevor Nyakane will start on the other side of the scrum, with flank Pieter “Lappies” Labuschagne also on Super Rugby debut in the number 7 shirt.

Ashley Johnson’s run in the starting side continues, as he’s picked at number 8, while the back line is pretty much the same one that’s played for most of the season. Another potential debutant is young wing Nico Scheepers, picked on the bench for the first time.

15 Willie le Roux, 14 Philip Snyman, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Rocco Jansen, 10 Riaan Smit, 9 Pieter van Zyl, 8 Ashley Johnson, 7 Lappies LabuschagnΓ©, 6 Heinrich BrΓΌssow, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Adriaan Strauss (capt), 1 Trevor Nyakane.
Replacements: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 WP Nel, 18 George Earle, 19 Justin Downey, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Nico Scheepers.


  • Marcel van der Merwe did very well for SA u20s at 3 in 2010,so 1 can only hope

    Of course what would my comment be,if I didn’t mention old Queenian starting in the no.11 jersey,Rocco Jansen,welcome back to the Super Rugby side

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.06.12 07:42:02 by Ludz Reply
  • Wille le Roux at 15?? 😯


  • Comment 2, posted at 27.06.12 08:14:49 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 2) : nothing “interesting” about it, that’s where he played MOST of the season at BOLAND, you know that union that is part of the STORMERS franchise but is largely ignored πŸ™„ πŸ‘Ώ

    he played fullback & flyhalf, scored 23 tries and was nominated for 1st Div Currie Cup Player of the Year but still the domkoppe @ WP didn’t pick him up.

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.06.12 09:24:32 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 3) : Who needs Willie when you have so much depth at flyhalf? 😈 πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.06.12 10:14:19 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 3) :

    The Cheetahs can have him.

    We don’t need him and he certainly isn’t good enough for WP! 😈

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.06.12 10:17:56 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 5) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.06.12 10:30:37 by vanmartin Reply
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  • I’ll be backing the ‘Cats’ this weekend.
    Go Lions!!
    Go Cheetahs!!

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.06.12 10:36:18 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Comment 8, posted at 27.06.12 10:42:12 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 5) : πŸ˜† πŸ™„

  • Comment 9, posted at 27.06.12 10:56:14 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 3) : According to the SA rugby site Willie scored 12 tries, 2nd to Danwel Demas’s 15??

    Any idea what the tackle stats were, cause I really enjoy watching him miss more than he makes every game. Suits the cheetah’s game plan quite well 😈

  • Comment 10, posted at 27.06.12 11:03:48 by molly Reply
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  • Injuries forcing Naka’s hand, not adventure or faith.
    According to a few of my Cheetah mates, the only thing Naka backs is his ability to entertain bored housewives. Ladykiller! πŸ˜†

  • Comment 11, posted at 27.06.12 11:30:49 by Big Fish Reply
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  • As much as I hope the Cheetahs get a result this weekend I don`t see it happening.

    Bulls at loftus? It`ll be a huge upset.

  • Comment 12, posted at 27.06.12 11:52:34 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 11) :

    You have friends?? 😯 😈

  • Comment 13, posted at 27.06.12 12:02:06 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 13) :
    You know I do – you are one of my closest. I like to keep a real turd like you close so that I can feel better about myself. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 27.06.12 12:17:34 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 2) : Looking forward to that. Should suit him pretty well plus he said 15 is his favorite position.

  • Comment 15, posted at 27.06.12 13:13:53 by Ben Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 13) : @Big Fish (Comment 14) : :mrgreen: πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 27.06.12 13:20:12 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 14) :

    So you like ‘feeling turds’

    Sies!! 😈 πŸ˜†

  • Comment 17, posted at 27.06.12 13:40:57 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 17) : πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

    Julle Kapenaars is weer snaaks vandag nΓ©!

  • Comment 18, posted at 27.06.12 13:55:01 by Pokkel Reply
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