Vodacom Super 14

Ebersohn's chance to shine

2010-03-01 23:34
Robert Ebersohn (Gallo Images)
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Bloemfontein – Sevens Springbok Robert Ebersohn is set to make his Super 14 debut against a weakened Hurricanes midfield on Saturday.

Ebersohn, who has recovered from an ankle injury, is available again this week and supporters will hope that he can offer the Cheetahs a solution on attack. He is set to play outside centre.

Ebersohn will take on the Hurricanes’ fourth choice in the position.

He and Philip Snyman made their comebacks from injuries on Saturday in Free State’s first Vodacom Cup match and provide midfield options in the absence of the injured Corné Uys (ankle).

Ebersohn could have played against the Highlanders, but it was decided not to risk him.

Cheetahs backline coach Hawies Fourie said that Ebersohn and Snyman, who scored two tries against the SWD Eagles, will be considered after good performances.

“Robert played 60 minutes for Free State and said that his ankle felt good. Pine Pienaar (Vodacom Cup coach) said that he played well,” said Fourie.

Should Ebersohn play, Lionel Mapoe will probably move back to the right wing, where he is at his most dangerous.

“Lionel did especially well on defence,” said Fourie.

“He was maybe not that effective on the attack, but did not get many opportunities and had little space.

“Robert reads the game better than Lionel because he has played centre for longer. Philip is also a good player and his defence is solid.”

Fourie said that Griquas centre Wilmaure Louw is also being considered.

The Cheetahs’ inability to make inroads on attack was one of the team’s major stumbling blocks against the Highlanders and Ebersohn’s inclusion is likely to add more creativity.

They will also be hoping that he can exploit the Hurricanes’ centre problem.

All Black Ma’a Nonu is likely to be partnered by Alapati Leiua, with Conrad Smith (thumb), Tamati Ellison (shoulder) and Jason Kawau (sinus operation) all injured.


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