Cheetahs secure star trio

2010-08-04 11:55

Johannesburg - The Free State Cheetahs have managed a small coup in retaining the services of three of their brightest young talents for another year.

Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske confirmed to that he had secured the services of the star siblings Robert and Sias Ebersohn as well as try-scoring front ranker Coenie Oosthuizen for another year.

Former SA Sevens star Robert Ebersohn had a massive offer with the Sharks, but chose rather to stay in Bloemfontein for another year before deciding on his future.

However, the Cheetahs will lose another player in Meyer Bosman, who will be moving to the Sharks to link up with his former flyhalf Jacques-Louis Potgieter, who recently signed from the Blue Bulls.

Bosman’s agent Stephan Weyers confirmed that he has signed for the coastal union and would be moving there from the end of the season.

Drotske was happy to have secured the services of the young trio, who have all performed well in the Currie Cup this year.

“We’re very glad that they have signed and made the decision to stay at the Cheetahs,” Drotske told

However he was not perturbed with the fact that they couldn’t get the trio to commit for more than one year.

“That is the way things go at the moment, young players don’t want to commit for too long with their futures. We are targeted a lot by other unions and it is nice that they will stay. That is the law of the market at the moment.”

Drotske admitted that Bosman’s move was a loss for the Cheetahs, but that he wished him well.

“Meyer has been open with us all through the negotiations and we wish him well. We will now start to look for a replacement as we have been concentrating to try and keep him in the province.”


  • Pietskiet - 2010-08-04 12:42

    Well done to the guys for sticking to their routes. I just do not understand how the Sharks think Meyer Bosman and Rory Kocket will fit on the same rugby field with those big heads they carry

  • ockert - 2010-08-04 12:48

    It seems as if Plumtree is to USELESS to develop his own people ?

  • donovan - 2010-08-04 13:11

    Cheetahs are kindergarden and sharks are high school if you have to compare the two, it is what happens when your players outgrow the union they are playing for, they look for a bigger team.

  • kevan - 2010-08-04 13:16

    PietSkiet, which province do you support.

  • Deon2 - 2010-08-04 13:16

    Coenie will leave the Chetahs eventually for either The Sharks or WP. Mark my words.

  • BadWes - 2010-08-04 13:18

    The trend continues. The Free State constantly produces the best rugby players on school level and thereafter. The other useless administrations come and buy them cause their own structures and development programs are so poorly managed that they cannot draw on these players to make the move up to Currie Cup level. The Sharks are supposed to have this massive development academy, but in the whole of this area can not find a flyhalf. Pathetic administration and implication of development on the lower levels, so just go buy at the Free State. Bunch of morons!!!

  • RuggaBoy - 2010-08-04 13:21

    I wonder how much FreeState paid the Sharks to take Meyer Bosman - slowest lock (pardon centre) in the country! But mark my words, Hawies will still coach any flair remaining out of the Ebersohn brothers and Johan Goosen next year - get Gysie back to coach the backline! please!

  • Gerhard (Bulls forever) - 2010-08-04 13:24

    Coenie Oosthuizen will become a Springbok very soon. What a player!! Mark my words he will become a great Springbok.Cheetas must hold on tight to him.

  • Rod - 2010-08-04 13:31

    I have been a Sharks/Natal supporter ,and have been watching rugby at Kings Park(yes that is the real name!) since 1969 and i find it increasingly embarrassing and annoying that there is this constant poaching of players by the likes of Straueli(yes its the so called lawyer in him) of players that are under contract with other unions,scouring through their agreements to find loopholes and then unsettling the player and enticing them into conflict with their existing union.This does not sit well with Shark supporters that believe in fair mindedness and,more importantly nurturing of LOCAL talent instead of this alienating and sordid practice.Alberts, Ludik, Mapoe and many more that we don't know about!Remember what goes around comes around - woe betide, Mr Straueli if we lose the likes of Hargreaves or Lambie while you're chasing average outsiders

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  • Leon - 2010-08-04 13:48

    The sharks are useless so are the WP they can’t develop their own talent and then they have to sign players from smaller unions…. They even sign players for the bench?? I can understand that unions sign player from different clubs but they must regulate it better there is almost no rules at the moment? Can somebody please tell me how many players from the sharks went thru the ranks from school boy level? Almost nobody

  • Philip - 2010-08-04 14:46

    Donavan what is short memory for an adult (?). The kindergarten beat the high school last year in Durban to play in the final. And guess what? The flyhalf who played for the Cheetahs on that day will soon play for the Sharks. The Sharks don't believe in structures to develop young talent. Why will they as long as the Cheetahs produced brilliant players.?

  • miello - 2010-08-04 23:44

    hey donovan, it's not working. Your comments didn't upset any of us, not the slightest!

  • Bazz - 2010-08-05 09:15

    Cheetahs fans (my second team) tend to forget that not every brilliant rugby player that went to Grey / UFS was born and bred in the Free State. Fantastic breading / nurturing ground for talent but after spending his formative years in Bloem maybe the player needs to move on for his own personal growth (be it Durban, Pretoria, Cape Town, Paris wherever) - just a thought

  • SIEGMUND - 2010-08-05 11:22

    Dankie fokken tog daai useless moroon gaan sharks toe! Net 'n laaste versoek Bosman gaan sommer onmiddelik!!!! Vat vir Strydom en Tewis saam!!!

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