Currie Cup

Make Rhule a Bok - Gysie

2012-10-09 22:22
Raymond Rhule (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Former Springbok fullback Gysie Pienaar says the national selectors should seriously consider calling up Free State Cheetahs flyer Raymond Rhule.

The 19-year-old winger has been hugely impressive for Free State in the Currie Cup this season. His eight tries are the most thus far in the competition - a rare shining light for the team currently second last on the log and in danger of possibly being relegated.

"He is one of the best players I've ever seen," Pienaar told Volksblad. "And what really excites me is that he attacks space on the field, and not his opponents. That is a sign of a player with vision."

"If I was the Bok selectors then I would consider him (for the year-end tour to Europe). He is strong and very physical. If he keeps this form, he'll have a long Springbok career," said Pienaar.

Rhule is included on the left wing for Free State in their final round-robin Currie Cup game against Western Province at Newlands on Saturday. With the Cheetahs close to the bottom of the table, losing in Cape Town could see them playing promotion-relegation against the EP Kings to try and preserve their top flight status.

Kick-off at Newlands is at 17:05.

Teams:

Western Province:

TBA

Free State Cheetahs:

15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Nico Scheepers, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Francois Uys, 6 Hendro Scholtz, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Marcel van der Merwe.

Substitutes: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 Ross Geldenhuys, 18 Waltie Vermeulen, 19 Davon Raubenheimer, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Philip Snyman, 22 Rayno Benjamin.

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