Richard Ferguson

Cheetahs name prelim Super Rugby squad

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Original Content, Super Rugby on 14 Nov 2012 at 08:00
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The Cheetahs have named a preliminary 50 man squad ahead of the 2013 Super Rugby competition. This squad will start pre-season and continue their training after the Christmas break, which will lead to two warm up matches to be played at the end of January and beginning February.

New faces in the squad include Lions prop Caylib Oosthuizen, Bulls prop Rossouw de Klerk, Western Province loosie Tertius Daniller and Bulls centre Johan Sadie.

Boland flyhalf Elgar Watts has been drafted in as a third/fourth flyhalf along with Francois Brummer (Griquas), who will fight for game time with Johan Goosen and Riaan Smit, both currently injured. There is also a surprise call up for Griquas centre JP Nel, who brings with him a wealth of experience.

Griquas locks Ligtoring Landman and Martin Muller, who were impressive during the Currie Cup season, made the squad and it is expected that they will get quite a bit of Super Rugby game time between them, as will another Griquas player, Marnus Schoeman.

The Cheetahs face the Lions 26 January while the Bulls await them come 9 February. Centres Rob Ebersohn and Philip Snyman will not take part in these matches as they will be with the Springbok Sevens team at that stage.

The Cheetahs’ preliminary squad:

Forwards: Steph Roberts, Caylib Oosthuizen, Trevor Nyakane, Coenie Oosthuizen, Lourens Adriaanse, Rossouw de Klerk, Ryno Barnes, Adriaan Strauss, Hercu Liebenberg, Torsten van Jaarsveld, Ligtoring Landman, Francois Uys, Andries Ferreira, Edwin Hewitt, Martin Muller, Waltie Vermeulen, Lodewyk de Jager, Marnus Schoeman, Lappies Labuschagne, Heinrich Brssow, Boom Prinsloo, Justin Downey, Davon Raubenheimer, Philip van der Walt, Leon Karemaker, Tertius Daniller

Backs: Marnus Hugo, Sarel Pretorius, Pieter van Zyl, Tewis de Bruyn, Johan Goosen, Francois Brummer, Hansie Graaff, Elgar Watts, Barry Geel, Robert Ebersohn, Joubert Engelbrecht, Jean Stemmet, Johann Sadie, JP Nel, Rocco Jansen, Raymond Rhule, Cornal Hendricks, Jannie Boshoff, Dusty Noble, Rayno Benjamin, Nico Scheepers, Willie le Roux, Hennie Daniller, Riaan Smit


  • Its a competitive squad, Griquas is really helping the Cheetahs during the SupeRugby with depth, but during the CC, it looked like Griquas was on the rise and the Cheetahs on the demise

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.11.12 08:23:37 by Mutley Reply
  • Cheetahs missed key players like Strauss, Goosen, DoodP.. and Brussouw

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.11.12 08:43:11 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Another bottom 4 position for the Cheetahs. 🙁

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.11.12 09:35:40 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Interesting to see Juan Smith is still not in the reckoning. Wonder what his plans for the future are?

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.11.12 09:37:58 by vanmartin Reply
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  • 1 Caylib Oosthuizen
    2 Adriaan Strauss (c)
    3 Coenie Oosthuizen
    4 *
    5 *
    6 Heinrich Brussow
    7 Lappies Labuschagne
    8 **
    9 Piet van Zyl
    10 Johan Goosen
    11 Raymond Rhule
    12 Robert Ebersohn
    13 Johann Sadie
    14 Willie le Roux
    15 Hennie Daniller

    *Locks you would imagine is up for grabs. IMO, Waltie Vermeulen is their best option at 5 once he commits himself. Studying medicine at the moment (I believe) which is admirable, but you’d imagine the Cheetahs keeping him around means he will follow Jannie du Plessis into rugby once he finishes. Will be interesting to see how Lodewyk de Jager gets on also. None of the other locks really inspire much confidence.

    **Naka enjoys selecting a new 8 every second week so will likely see many of the following in action: Philip van der Walt (should be his nr. 1), Davon Raubenheimer, Justin Downey, Boom Prinsloo (Sevens though…), Leon Karemaker & Tertius Daniller.

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.11.12 10:38:29 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 5) :

    How much CC did you see in NZ?

    The 2 Griquas locks looked really good. I wonder if they can take that form into SupeRugby?

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.11.12 11:39:56 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 6) :

    Enough to know those 2 would form one of the weaker locking combinations in SR.

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.11.12 11:46:32 by hendrikp Reply

  • Come On Ligtoring and Martin Muller! :mrgreen:

    As I recall they had our number in KY hehehehe

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.11.12 19:22:09 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 3) : I think not!
    Cheetahs have a better squad than last year.

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.11.12 10:12:39 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 5) :

    1 Caylib Oosthuizen
    2 Adriaan Strauss (c)
    3 Coenie Oosthuizen
    4 Andries Ferreira
    5 Martin Muller (Injured last year, but in 2011 he was the 5)
    6 Heinrich Brüssow
    7 Lappies Labuschagne/Juan
    8 Phillip van der Walt
    9 Piet van Zyl
    10 Johan Goosen
    11 Raymond Rhule
    12 Robert Ebersohn
    13 Johann Sadie
    14 Rocco Jansen
    15 Hennie Daniller/Willie le Roux

    16. Rossouw de Klerk/Adriaanse
    17. Hercù Liebenberg
    18. Walti Vermeulen/Landman
    19. Downey
    20. Sarel Pretorius
    21. Brummer
    22 Scheepers

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.11.12 10:17:24 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 10) : who do you play at tighthead from round 2 onwards?

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.11.12 10:18:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 10) : I’d go for Super Sarel ahead of Piet van Zyl.

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.11.12 11:17:10 by MysticShark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) :

    same issue with the nr 10

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.11.12 12:06:26 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 13) : ah yes, true.

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.11.12 12:39:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : Lol, you know something we don’t? I hope that Coenie can get over his injury bogey, and establish himself as a TH, as Jannie is getting a tad long in the toof!

    Rossouw de Klerk and Lourens Adriaanse are TH’s and Nyakane and Steph Roberts have also played TH. So we should be ok.

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.11.12 17:35:18 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @Zibbie (Comment 13) : Once again, we trust Goosen will not suffer such injuries next year. In that case, Francois Brummer has had a very good season with Griquas, Elgar Watts, will fit right into the Cheetahs pattern, and I am keen to see what the fuss is about Hansie Graaff. In a crisis, True Blue Smit can fill in at 10 again.

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.11.12 17:37:25 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 15) : de Klerk is kak, but Adriaanse is a gem.

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.11.12 18:00:02 by robdylan Reply
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