Super Rugby start for van Dyk

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Original Content, Super Rugby on 6 Mar 2014 at 10:04
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The “poison” that has curtailed Bok Coenie Oosthuizen’s Cheetahs tour turns out to be “meat” for another tighthead, with Junior Springbok Nicolaas van Dyk set to earn his first start for the central region.

Coach Naka Drotske has named a side to face the Reds on Friday that features four changes to the unit that slumped to a disappointing defeat against the Rebels in Melbourne last week. Van Dyk – known as “Maks” to teammates – comes straight into the starting team in the number three jersey in the only change to the pack, after flank Lappies Labuschagne passed a late fitness test on his injured heel. Rossouw de Klerk, who is on his way over as a replacement for the injured Bok, takes over from van Dyk on the bench.

Raymond Rhule has been ruled out (unintentional pun), meaning a shift to left wing for Willie le Roux and a start for Hennie Daniller in the last line of defence. In the only unforced change, Cornal Hendricks has paid the price for a sub-standard outing in Melbourne and will watch from the bench as Rayno Benjamin starts in the number 14 jersey.

Toyota Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Rayno Benjamin, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Willie le Roux, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Pieter Labuschagne, 6 Johannes Prinsloo, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lodewyk de Jager, 3 Nicolaas van Dyk, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Caylib Oosthuizen.
Replacements: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Rossouw de Klerk, 19 Rynhardt Landman, 20 Jean Cook, 21 Sarel Pretorius, 22 Elgar Watts, 23 Cornal Hendricks.


  • Surely they cant be as bad as last week?

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.03.14 11:47:07 by SheldonK Reply
  • No, I don’t think they can

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.03.14 11:48:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Having Willie LeRoux at wing offers something different as he will play a more roaming role as opposed to the fixed fb role. But it all starts up front. If the Reds get front foot ball it will be a long day for the Cheetahs

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.03.14 12:03:04 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 3) : to be honest, the biggest value they’re getting from Willie at the moment is when he pops up at 10.

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.03.14 12:15:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : You must be seeing things Rob, surely he cant offer more than Goosen…surely hehe

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.03.14 12:42:00 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 5) : he offers less. Less aimless kicking 🙂

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.03.14 12:48:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • Excuse what pan?? 👿 Bedpan/ Frying Pan??

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.03.14 12:53:01 by KingCheetah Reply


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