Cheetahs enter away phase

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Original Content, Super Rugby on 25 Feb 2014 at 08:03
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A 27-man Cheetahs departed on their Antipodean tour at the weekend after opening their Vodacom Super Rugby account with a 15-9 win over the Bulls in Bloemfontein. A bad loss to the Lions in round 1, however, means that they’ll need to do as well this year on tour as they did in 2013 (when they won three matches) in order to make up the lost ground.

The good news, though, is that they didn’t pick up any fresh injuries during the win over the Bulls and the entire 23 that took part has boarded the plane, along with four others.

New faces added to the squad for the tour are lock Andries Ferreira, hooker Hercu Liebenberg, wing Rayno Benjamin and centre Howard Mnisi. They open their tour with a winnable enough fixture, against the Rebels in Melbourne. This year’s lob-sided fixture list means that the newest Australian franchise will be playing their first game of the campaign, further adding to Cheetah confidence levels.

Toyota Cheetahs tour squad:
Forwards: Philip van der Walt, Pieter Labuschagné, Johannes Prinsloo, Jean Cook, Francois Uys, Lodewyk de Jager, Rynhardt Landman, Andries Ferreira, Coenie Oosthuizen, Caylib Oosthuizen, Trevor Nyakane, Nicolaas van Dyk, Adriaan Strauss (captain), Ryno Barnes, Hercu Liebenberg.

Backs: Willie le Roux, Hennie Daniller, Cornal Hendricks, Raymond Rhule, Rayno Benjamin, Johann Sadie, Francois Venter, Howard Mnisi, Johan Goosen, Elgar Watts, Shaun Venter, Sarel Pretorius.


  • Come on all of the “Glass Boy” brigade that said he wouldn’t last a match. Time to eat your pie 😛

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.02.14 08:44:19 by KingCheetah Reply
  • @KingCheetah (Comment 1) : Geez if you are boasting about him completing one full game then it hints at you having the same doubts as the rest of SA.
    Heres hoping he returns unscathed.

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.02.14 10:00:48 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 1) : lekker windgat now (after round 2) but I bet you had your heart in your mouth when he went off injured after, what, 45 minutes of the first game?

    Let me explain something. The reason that a lot of non-Cheetah supporters don’t get Goosen is probably the same reason that a lot of non-Sharks don’t get Lambie. It’s because of the ridiculous hype created by his fans which, quite honestly, is never (and could never be) justified by what happens on the field.

    Take Goosen on Friday night, for instance. Had an ok game, nothing too flash (with 3 frankly embarrassing dropgoal attempts which never even left the ground included). Then we have to endure some Cheetahs muppet (with a huge number of followers) tweeting that “Johan Goosen at 20% is better than any other flyhalf in the country at 100%”.

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.02.14 10:08:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : Nope, not windgat, more relieved. The Lions game was due to complacency in my opinion. The Bulls game showed that the Cheetahs can adapt their tactics.

    No, just giving back to the sad sacks that are always quick to predict the injury of any player. And that includes Paul Jordaan, who some okes were having a go at because he is supposedly too small.

    The drop goals were embarrassing, if you see them as legitimate attempts, which they conceivably never were. Even Willie was instructed to drop kick it downfield. It was clearly a tactic, and the scoreline indicates it worked.

    I don’t even knock Lambie, who I think is a fine player, what gets to me is there are some really petty people always trying to ridicule both.

    Give both players, who are still young a chance to shine!

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.02.14 10:17:54 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 4) : ok fair enough. Look, you know me to be a reasonable fellow most of the time. I’ll admit sometimes that my criticism of Goosen perhaps goes a little overboard and it’s maybe just that I’m trying to even things out a bit against the “pure Bok” brigade that trumpet every step he’s made since the age of 16 as a mark of genius 🙂

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.02.14 10:19:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • Give ’em hell Cheetahs! Holding thumbs this side.

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.02.14 10:20:04 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 4) : @robdylan (Comment 5) : Rugby fans* (myself included) for some or other reason seem inclined to elevate talented backs to demi-God like status, especially if they’re talented flyhalves. Boshoff has already been pronounced the next great hope as Springbok 10. And boy do we love to see them fail when they act human. We (rugby fans) should consider relaxing our expectations a little, we’re doing more harm than good.

    *The Stormers can boast no talented backs and so as the exception to the rule they elevate Deon Fourie to demi-God status**.

    **Yes I’m trolling Stormers fans. That de Villiers guy is a pretty decent player***. :mrgreen:

    ***When Frans Steyn isn’t available for selection.

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.02.14 10:31:01 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 7) : 😛

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.02.14 10:42:37 by KingCheetah Reply

  • I think that at this stage of the competition we should assume that almost every position at Bok level is open for the taking. There may be contracts signed but thats no ironclad guarantee of being picked.
    I said almost, not all!!

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.02.14 11:32:01 by Caratacus Reply

  • Piet Lindeque seems to have lost ground at the Cheetahs after making a good impression there last season

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.02.14 11:33:21 by Saffex Reply

  • @Saffex (Comment 10) : I believe that he is out for a while with an injury.

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.02.14 12:02:50 by steve Reply


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