Goosen starts for Cheetahs

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Original Content, Super Rugby on 2 Jul 2014 at 13:21
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The Toyota Cheetahs team to face the Sharks in Bloemfontein on Saturday has been named and features some interesting selections to say the least.

The starting back line is a formidable outfit and looks settled and dangerous – Johan Goosen partners Sarel Pretorius at halfback, while Willie le Roux leads a dangerous back three including new Bok Cornal Hendricks and Bok tourist Raymond Rhule. Rayno Benjamin continues in the inside centre position, one which started out as unfamiliar to him but now appears a very good fit indeed, while Japan-bound Johann Sadie will play at 13.

It’s up front that things get a little spicy, though; Trevor Nyakane starts at loosehead with Coenie Oosthuizen asked to switch once more to the other side. New Boks Lood de Jager and Oupa Mohoje start at 4 and 7 respectively, but it’s on the open side flank that Naka Drotske has picked a surprise, by including reserve hooker Torsten van Jaarsveld. This selection means no second hooker on the bench, with Jean Cook and debutant Henco Venter both picked as loose forward cover.

Junior Springbok prop Luan de Bruin and lock Carl Wegner are both also potential debutants on the bench.

Toyota Cheetahs: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Rayno Benjamin, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lood de Jager, 3 Coenie Oosthizen, 2 Adriaan Strauss (capt), 1 Trevor Nyakane
Subs: 16 Caylib Oosthuizen, 17 Luan de Bruin, 18 Carl Wegner, 19 Jean Cook, 20 Henco Venter, 21 Shaun Venter, 22 Elgar Watts, 23 Hennie Daniller


  • Good side!
    Very good.

    Jakey and the Sharkies better wakey wakey.

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.07.14 13:23:30 by John Galt Reply
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  • hope that backline gets no ball

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.07.14 13:27:30 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • Good side, this will not be a walk in the park for the Sharks by any means.

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.07.14 13:31:20 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Just had an idea for a great article which would give an insight on how Oz and NZ view us.

    If anyone has the contacts, it would be great to know what 23 man squads John Mitchell, Eddie Jones, Ewan McKenzie, Graham Henry and Steve Hansen would pick if they were the Bok coach.

    Theyโ€™re completely without provincial bias from a South African point of view.

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.07.14 13:32:29 by ChrisS Reply
  • If the Sharks play like they did against WP we in trouble. Thats a good side, although those same good players havnt performed this year in Super rugby..even the Boks

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.07.14 13:40:01 by SheldonK Reply

  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 2) : Agreed. Have to dominate up front. Willie will cut us to ribbons with that backline if this game opens up too much.

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.07.14 13:53:56 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Cheetahs going to win with about 20 points here go cheetahs, cheetahs going to destroy the poor little useless sharkies

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.07.14 13:56:43 by Windgat101 Reply

  • @Windgat101 (Comment 7) : Nothing like living up to your nick!

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.07.14 14:52:37 by Bump Reply

  • @Windgat101 (Comment 7) : That’s certainly good news for us as I don’t recall you getting a single Sharks prediction right so far? :mrgreen:

    Anyway, good luck to your boys. Should be a good game.

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.07.14 14:53:55 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Hopefully there will be more thinking behind our tactical kicking – not just mindless hacking of the ball down field. That back line orchestrated by Free Willy can really cause damage on the counter attack.

  • Comment 10, posted at 02.07.14 15:14:12 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Van martin, why do you think I always betting against them, because if I bet against the sharks they always win so yah man….

  • Comment 11, posted at 02.07.14 15:25:04 by Windgat101 Reply

  • Ja this is a solid side and Sharks will have to perform to beat this side at home.

  • Comment 12, posted at 02.07.14 16:55:49 by JD Reply
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  • Sharks by plenty. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 02.07.14 17:15:27 by McLovin Reply

  • Is Lappies injured?

  • Comment 14, posted at 02.07.14 18:49:01 by JD Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 13) : thanx boet….. thanx for nothing at all!!!!!

  • Comment 15, posted at 02.07.14 18:50:02 by JD Reply
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  • That is a good side…I hope, though, that they play as “well” as they have all year! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  • Comment 16, posted at 03.07.14 06:41:20 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Interesting Sharks side picked for Saturday:
    15. SP Marais
    14. JP Pietersen
    13. Sbura Sithole
    12. Frans Steyn
    11. Lwazi Mvovo
    10. Tim Swiel
    9. Cobus Reinach
    8. Ryan Kankowski
    7. Jean Deysel (c)
    6. Marcell Coetzee
    5. Anton Bresler
    4. Stefan Lewies
    3. Lourens Adriaanse
    2. Kyle Cooper
    1. Dale Chadwick

    16. Thomas du Toit
    17. Bismarck du Plessis
    18. Jannie du Plessis
    19. Willem Alberts
    20. Tera Mthembu
    21. Charl McCleod
    22. Odwa Ndungane
    23. Tonderai Chavanga

  • Comment 17, posted at 03.07.14 06:50:51 by pastorshark Reply
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  • I like the idea of the du Plessis brothers finally getting a bit of a rest…I like the idea of Frans back at centre…I think I even like the idea of Tim at flyhalf…and I’ll think about whether I like the idea of Kanko back at eighth man and Tera on the bench… ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Comment 18, posted at 03.07.14 06:53:13 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Oh…and I look forward to seeing Pat back when we run onto the field at Newlands…

  • Comment 19, posted at 03.07.14 06:54:59 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Should be a good game on Saturday…

  • Comment 20, posted at 03.07.14 06:55:54 by pastorshark Reply
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  • No Paul Jordaan?? that’s not good, this kids been superb.

  • Comment 21, posted at 03.07.14 07:55:21 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 21) : Yes, I thought so too…what happens if Frans Steyn gets injured early (won’t happen…touch wood!)? Who would play inside centre? Why no Jordaan on the bench?

  • Comment 22, posted at 03.07.14 08:06:19 by pastorshark Reply
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  • There is a lot I like about that Sharks side! But it will all come down to attitude in Bloem! The Cheetahs wont wont to lose so hope we have the stomach for a fight. Interesting omissions of Lambie, Zeilinga though. I would also have given Alberts more rest and played Ooosthuizen. Will be interesting to see if JW has worked on anything new with the non Boks during their time off- esp Swiel

  • Comment 23, posted at 03.07.14 08:11:07 by SheldonK Reply

  • Glad to see the du Plessis brothers getting bench duty.

    Is Oosthuizen injured – big call to start Bresler after such a long injury layoff? Would have started Oosthuizen and Bresler on the bench. Alberts need a complete break.

    I would have preferred Fred over Swiel at 10 – according to other reports Lambie is still touch and go.

  • Comment 24, posted at 03.07.14 08:31:44 by Bokhoring Reply

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