Currie Cup

Sarel relishing Cheetahs' style

2012-08-22 22:42
Sarel Pretorius (File)
Cape Town - Free Sate Cheetahs scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius says the Cheetahs' style of play suits his game far more than at the Waratahs in Australia.

He had a troubled season at the Australian outfit in this year's Super Rugby competition, and was dropped from their 22-man squad for the last few games of the tournament.

But "Super Sarel" - who was Super Rugby Player of the Year at the Cheetahs last year - is relishing a return stint with the Bloemfontein side.

"I feel like my old self again and it's nice if the coaches back you. It's nice to be back and it doesn’t even feel as though I've been away. It was a learning curve over there (Australia)," he told Volksblad.

He feels the No 9s are forced to play too much of a structured game in Australia.

"The Waratahs play a lot with the forwards and the scrumhalf only has to do the basic things well.

"Actually, he only needs to be a link between forwards and backs. At the Cheetahs the game plan suits me better."

Pretorius is also up against his former Currie Cup team-mates when the Cheetahs take on Griquas in Kimberley on Saturday. He's halfback partnership with fit-again Johan Goosen is surely an exciting prospect for many a running rugby fan.

The clash in Kimberley kicks off at 15:00 on Saturday.

Teams:

Griquas:

15. Willie le Roux, 14. Jannie Boshoff, 13. Stefan Watermeyer, 12.  Walter Venter, 11. Rocco Jansen, 10. Francois Brummer, 9. Jacques Coetzee, 8. Leon Karemaker, 7. Justin Downey, 6. Wesley Wilkins, 5. Martin Muller, 4. Ligtoring Landman, 3. Lourens Adriaanse, 2. Ryno Barnes (captain), 1. Steph Roberts

16. Matthew Dobson, 17. Janro van Niekerk, 18. Ivann Espag, 19. Frikkie Spies, 20. Chase Minnaar, 21. Marnus Hugo, 22.  Marnitz Boshoff

Free State Cheetahs:

15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Rayno Benjamin, 13 Robert Ebersohn (captain), 12 Barry Geel, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Kabamba Floors, 7 Lappies Labuschagne, 6 Frans Viljoen, 5 Andries Ferreira, 4 Izak van der Westhuizen, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Hercu Liebenberg, 1 Trevor Nyakane.

Substitutes: 16 Elandre Huggett, 17 Schalk van der Merwe, 18 Francois Uys, 19 Davon Raubenheimer, 20 Tewis du Bruyn, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Nico Scheepers.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
12 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • SS3
    Thu, 31 Jul 2014 @
    04:00
  • SS4
    Thu, 31 Jul 2014 @
    05:00
  • SS5
    Thu, 31 Jul 2014 @
    05:59
  • SS7
    Thu, 31 Jul 2014 @
    06:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
08 August 2014
Eastern Province Kings v Western Province, Port Elizabeth 19:10
09 August 2014
Griquas v Sharks, Kimberley 15:00
Golden Lions v Blue Bulls, Johannesburg 17:05
Pumas v Free State Cheetahs, Nelspruit 19:10
Logs
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Vote

Who will be crowned 2013 Currie Cup champions?

 
 
Featured Blog

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

TV schedule Plan your couch time with our searchable sport TV guide

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.