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Goosen set for FS return

2012-08-21 21:00

Johannesburg - The arrival of Johan Goosen back on the Free State Rugby scene couldn’t have come fast enough for the Free State Cheetahs, especially after they had a crippling double injury blow from their victory over the Blue Bulls last Friday night.

Cheetahs assistant coach Hawies Fourie told supersport.com he is very confident about Goosen's chances to be back in action against neighbours Griquas this coming weekend.

Goosen injured his shoulder in scoring a stunning try against the Highlanders in the Super Rugby tournament, and was forced into a four-month layoff because of the injury.

His return couldn’t come at a better time, especially as the Cheetahs have lost their regular halfback combination of Riaan Smit and Piet van Zyl for the rest of the Currie Cup due to injury.

Riaan Smit, the man who took over the kicking duties from Goosen, will miss the rest of the season with an elbow injury, while Van Zyl, the nippy halfback, dislocated his collarbone against the Blue Bulls and will also not play again this season.

Tewis de Bruyn has recovered from his injuries and will deputise for Sarel Pretorius at halfback, while Ryno Benjamin is also fit again and is likely to take over from Smit, who played on the wing against the Bulls.

Fourie said that Goosen’s return though, was a massive boost for the side ahead of their clash with Griquas.

“He is just seeing the specialist this afternoon (Tuesday) just to make 100% sure, but he was training with us last week and if he gets the all-clear he will play. We saw what he meant to the Super Rugby team, and we hope to have Johan available for a number of Currie Cup games, even though we’ve heard mutterings about the Springboks.

"We will see how long it will be before they call him up, but at the moment he needs game time to get his self-confidence back.”

The rest of the Cheetahs' injury list shows there is still some light at the end of the tunnel, with Heinrich Brüssow returning in around 3-4 weeks, the same time period for Coenie Oosthuizen, who will undergo a “pain block” operation on his neck before returning.

Boom Prinsloo however, will be out for four months with his shoulder injury.

SuperSport

Comments
  • theunis.botha.96 - 2012-08-21 22:37

    This is good news.

      bernard.ingram - 2012-08-22 07:52

      ou viskoppapsak, is terug na sy eie depressiewe self...nie lank uitgehou nie huh mater?

      theunis.botha.96 - 2012-08-22 08:07

      Bloubulle52.Ek stem 100% saam.Die naasbeste of gelyk aan die Cheetah spelstyl is die Sharks,maar vir die onthalwe van rugby hoop ek nie hy word afgerokkel nie,want daar is geen sin daarin dat die onderskeie opponerende rugby en spanbesture wat die dikste beursie het al die beste spelers opkoop,en daarmee ook alle wedstryde in toeloop as voorspelbare een rigting uitkoms beding.Daar is op die oomblik relatiewe goeie kompeterende balans tussen veral die spanne van die Bulle,WP,Lions en Sharks.Moet egter nie n apan soos Griekwas uitsluit om dikwels onverwags die karretjie te kom omgooi.Lanklaas het ons so n rykdom gehad aan wereldklas spelers,veral jong en opkomende talent.O ja,my liefling Sharks besoek mos nou weer hierdie naweek die plek wat hulle al begin om as hul persoonlike leerlooiery toe te eien.

      lablue.phoenix - 2012-08-22 08:41

      Nee vaderland, News24 moet vir Isak ban, want hy raak nou vervelig. Ban sommer vir Azurite ook met sy stupid pienk hemp.

      bernard.ingram - 2012-08-22 17:27

      lablue.phoenix. Hey onn*osel. Dis was die kleur van my span by die laaste sport dag hier in Thailand en het f*kkol te doen met die Bulle nie. Jy is regtig 'n lae stormer klont, behalwe dat jy nie van isak hou nie. En jou fb profile is fake. Baie oppervlakkige opmerking oor my. Ja nee, jy is moerse "intellegent"! lol....!!!!

  • steyts - 2012-08-22 06:44

    LOVELY NEWS ON THIS BEAUTIFUL WEDNESDAY MORNING!!!!! Give him a bit more time in the cheetahs jersey before calling him up to the BOKKE!! Morne looked good last weekend so we can hang on with him just a little longer...

      TravieGrif - 2012-08-22 13:06

      It is great news, and I agree that we need to hang on for Goosen for a bit...let him get game time and prove himself to be consistent over time (please, not too much time!), but as for Morne...he kicked really well on Saturday, but I fear that he is showing nothing else at the moment. I really hope he can get our backline sparking, because we look like nothing in that department on Saturday.

  • andre.heymans.58 - 2012-08-22 07:51

    I agree, let Morne hang in there for a while.. Goosen is surely the man to take over, but he is still very young no need to rush him. And ofcourse we need to weight them against each other, they are playing the same position and will be competing for the same springbok spot. Although I believe Goosen is far better in producing attacking plays for the backline, and his kicking was also immense!@

  • julie.meissenheimer - 2012-08-22 08:24

    Goosen should be playing in the Springboks as Morne is very unpredictable

      TravieGrif - 2012-08-22 13:04

      Surely you mean that Morne is predictable? There are a lot of things that Morne is, but unpredictable is not one of them!

  • marcus.vermaak - 2012-08-22 09:26

    Baie bly Johan is terug! Nou wag ons net vir Coenie! Hoop hulle los vir Goosen in die CC, net n speel kaans tot hy reg is vir Bokke.

  • thereevos - 2012-08-22 09:39

    Problem with Morne is he sits so deep in the pocket that getting forward ball and getting over the advantage line is then cancelled out because our backs are having to sit behind Morne .whats great is the fact that golden is ready-ish to return however I would seriously think about putting lambie at fly half as that is where he's played his best rugby .lambie hits the gain line hard and runs onto the ball effectively keeping the momentum going forward as does goosen.however at this stage lambie would be the better bet as he has played more Rugga even though his place kicking is not as good as goosen's who undoubtably is top class and on a par with Morne.killing 2 birds with one stone with goosen and lambie where unfortunately Morne doesn't possess the same running again

      pieter.vanniekerk.188 - 2012-08-22 13:04

      Jy het 'n pragtige seun. Al wat kort is 'n WP trui.

      TravieGrif - 2012-08-22 13:08

      I agree with you 100%. Great to see that there are youngsters with such skill coming through that can take us forward.

      bernard.ingram - 2012-08-22 17:51

      thereevos...do you know Morne Steyn has scored the most tries as a fly-half for the Boks? And he also holds more records for the Boks that any other fly-half who has played for them. Not satisfied with a record breaker? Want more? Whatever, you don't know a good thing from a mile away. Actually you don't know talent if it hit you in the face.

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