Injury boost for Cheetahs

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Original Content, Super Rugby on 13 Feb 2013 at 10:23
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Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske will at last have something to smile about, after Juan Smith’s shock retirement has dealt a big blow to the central franchise’s Super Rugby pre-season.

Reports from Supersport suggest that both prop Coenie Oosthuizen and flyhalf Johan Goosen will be fit to face the Sharks in the Cheetah’s Super Rugby opener, a clash in Bloemfontein on 23 February.

Oosthuizen and Goosen have both been out of action for 6 months or more, as the result of neck and foot injuries respectively, sustained during the Springboks 2012 Rugby Championship campaign. The Boks will add much-needed experience to a Cheetahs line-up reeling without experienced leaders in Smith and Heinrich Brüssow (currently injured). Together with captain Adriaan Strauss, they will form the nucleus of the team and Drotske will be quite fervently hoping that he can get through the season without either going down again.

A pair of young props in Caylib Oosthuizen and Rossouw de Klerk, along with Trevor Nyakane, provide additional prop depth, but with the likes of Marcel van der Merwe and WP Nel both gone, the Cheetahs front row takes no a very green look indeed without Oosthuizen there. Ditto at flyhalf, where the loss of Sias Eberhsohn to the Force sees journeymen Elgar Watts and Francois Brümmer emerge as back-up options for Goosen.


  • Nyakane was the prefered back up prop for most of last years S15, so he has gained valuable experience from that. Adriaanse seems to be ahead of de Klerk in the pecking order at the moment.

    I rated Sias, but he was dead in the water for us last year. Brummer for some reason flounders at this level, so hopefully more by need than desire, Graaff will get to play, as I think he will offer more than both Brummer and Watts.

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.02.13 10:53:27 by KingCheetah Reply
  • I hear Graaf is more a fullback/back 3 kind of guy, he certainly is an exciting prospect

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.02.13 13:33:20 by Ludz Reply
  • @Ludz (Comment 2) : He was player of the year for the First Divsion CC, and was the second highest points scorer, playing flyhalf for the Griffons. He started out on the wing, but it was at flyhalf, where he caught Paul Treu’s eye.

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.02.13 15:48:06 by KingCheetah Reply
  • @KingCheetah (Comment 3) : ummm… CC First Division? Not quite Super Rugby…

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.02.13 15:53:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : True that, was just filling Ludz in on Graaff’s brief history. That said, it was his first season of senior rugby, so not a bad achievement.

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.02.13 07:46:07 by KingCheetah Reply

  • The Cheetahs are not looking great. We bloody better beat them!

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.02.13 09:03:21 by King Shark Reply
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  • @King Shark (Comment 6) : Really? Why is that?

    Going by the Sharks team for the last warm up it will be something like this

    Nyakane vs Jannie
    Strauss vs Burden
    Coenie vs Beast
    Lood vs Bresler
    Uys vs vd Merwe
    Viljoen vs Botes
    Lappies vs Deysel
    vd Walt vs Mthembu

    v Zyl vs Reinach
    Goosen vs Lambie
    Rhule vs JPP
    Ebersohn vs Frans
    Sadie vs Jordaan
    Benjamin vs Mvovo
    le Roux vs Ludik

    Barnes vs Cooper
    Adriaanse vs Dell
    Landman vs PSDT
    Boom vs Kleinhans/Kanko
    Sarel vs Mc Leod
    Daniller vs Ndugane
    Graaff vs Viljoen

    And that is if your guys come through a match against the Pumas unscathed!

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.02.13 10:03:50 by KingCheetah Reply


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