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Cheetahs sign Boland's Watts

2012-10-04 09:12

Cape Town - The Cheetahs have lured Boland flyhalf Elgar Watts to Bloemfontein in place of the departing Sias Ebersohn.

Ebersohn will head to Australia's Western Force after this year's Currie Cup which prompted the Cheetahs bosses to bolster their flyhalf ranks.

Ebersohn's departure left only Johan Goosen and Riaan Smit as the two pivots for the Free State side.

According to Volksblad, Watts was contracted after attempts to sign Pumas flyhalf JC Roos proved unsuccessful.

Watts, 27, was in Bloemfontein on a trial basis during the Super Rugby rest-period earlier this year, but went back to Boland to prepare for their Currie Cup First Division campaign.

Cheetahs backline coach Hawies Fourie says Watts is an attacking player who will fit nicely into their style of play.

"You look for someone that fits into your game plan. Elgar's kicking needs to improve but as an attacking player he's really good," said Fourie.

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