Vodacom Super 14

Mapoe set to move to centre

2010-02-16 07:54
Lionel Mapoe (Gallo)
Jóhann Thormählen

Bloemfontein – The Cheetahs are poised to shift Lionel Mapoe from wing to centre for Friday night’s clash against the Sharks in Durban.

Corné Uys injured ankle ligaments in the first Super 14 game against the Bulls, which means the Cheetahs have to find a new midfield partner for Meyer Bosman.

Mapoe may well be able to provide the spark that was missing in the Cheetahs’ midfield against the Bulls. He recently filled in at outside centre against Eastern Province when Uys sustained a cut to his face during the game.

Mapoe was one of the Cheetahs’ standout players against the Bulls and the Sharks’ centres will have their hands full with his power and deceptive pace.

He also scored his first try after seconds in his Super 14 debut. Should he move into midfield, Danwel Demas will probably run out on the wing.

Cheetahs backline coach Hawies Fourie said that it was bad to lose a player in the first match, but added that the Cheetahs have enough depth.

“It’s a pity that Corné is injured. He’s a guy that has sustained a number of injuries during his career. Fortunately we have more depth in the position than in the past. Injuries are part of the game,” said Fourie.

He added that Mapoe, Barry Geel and Wilmaure Louw are being considered as Uys’s replacement.

Robert Ebersohn is also poised to return from an ankle injury on Friday.

He is expected to play 20 minutes in a warm-up game for Free State before the Vodacom Cup against a Sharks XV in Durban.

If all goes according to plan, Ebersohn will be considered for the Cheetahs next week.

Furthermore, Philip Snyman will be out of action for another week or two because of a calf injury.

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