Drotské faces selection poser

2011-06-13 09:39

Jóhann Thormählen

Bloemfontein – The Cheetahs are set to take on the Stormers’ Springbok speedsters, Bryan Habana and Gio Aplon, with their leading wings.

Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské is nevertheless facing a pleasant selection headache for the Cheetahs’ final Super Rugby match of 2011 as all his wings are available.

Philip Burger and Rayno Benjamin can be considered for the clash, with Riaan Viljoen, Philip Snyman and Riaan (True Blue) Smit also in the picture.

According to the Cheetahs Bulletin, Burger has recovered from a hamstring injury and Benjamin has also served his two-week suspension for an alleged headbutt against the Melbourne Rebels. On top of that injured Springbok flank Heinrich Brüssow also has an outside chance of playing.

He injured a hamstring against the Crusaders and was due to be out of action for four to six weeks. The Stormers match takes place in the fifth week of his injury.

It’s the first time in a while that Drotské has had the luxury of picking from several fit wings.

Burger and Benjamin started the tournament as first-choice wings against the Sharks, but it’s unclear whether they will make the starting line-up. Viljoen, Snyman and Smit have all fitted well into the Cheetahs’ attacking game plan.

Viljoen had a good outing at wing in the Cheetahs’ last game against the Sharks so that Hennie Daniller could play fullback. While Viljoen again showed that he can slot in anywhere among the outside backs, Snyman also shone. Smit had to be satisfied with a place on the bench against the Sharks.

Burger hadn’t been in action for quite some time because of his injury.

Benjamin delivered his best performance to date for the Cheetahs in his last game against the Rebels and should slot into the starting line-up.

Drotské and Cheetahs backline coach Hawies Fourie will have to bear a few things in mind when they pick the wings. Someone has to keep the twinkle-toed Aplon in check and the home team would like to test Habana with an aerial bombardment.

That is why Viljoen and Snyman, who are both good in the air, may have the inside track.


  • WPBEFONK - 2011-06-13 09:48

    What is this article ALL about? I'm going to be in the stadium on SATURDAY, witnessing the SLAUGTHERING of the Cheetahs . The Stormers by 15+ Sorry Naka, I feel for you and your wings, but they will not be match fit...

      Lew - 2011-06-13 09:55

      dream on stormers boy - we bulls hope the januarie plays again - what a balls up.

      CamelJoe - 2011-06-13 09:56

      Ha Ha Ha do you suffer from short term memory loss.

      Count Olaf - 2011-06-13 09:57

      Hoe ver is Welkom van Bloemfontein af?

      Frikkie - 2011-06-13 10:43

      Hang af van watter kant jy af ry Olaf...

      Count Olaf - 2011-06-13 10:55

      Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha Frik.

      Dewet - 2011-06-13 10:58

      idot!!!!!!!!! with ricky januarie bryan habana and kurt coleman u guys dont have a chance hahaha

      Jenny - 2011-06-13 11:05

      Clearly you didnt watch Stormers game this weekend.... Way to BOO a fellow springbok when he kicks for poles, typical Stormer crowd

      Manus - 2011-06-13 11:44

      Whatever. Gaan in elk geval 'n mooi game wees om te kyk, tussen twee spanne wat die bal lekker kan dra.

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-13 13:19

      WPBefonk exactly what you said about the Stormers Bulls game

  • WPBEFONK - 2011-06-13 09:58

    I STRONGLY believe that after this weekend's games this will be the TOP 6: Stormers 63/62 Reds 62 Crusaders 61 Blues 61 Sharks 57 Waratahs 56 Crusaders(H) vs Waratahs Blues(H) vs the Sharks Stormers and Reds to enjoy a WELL deserved rest the weekend of 25 June!!!!!

      thumper - 2011-06-13 10:35

      I like the way you think but I think the Bulls are going to give the Sharks a good go this weekend.

      Frikkie - 2011-06-13 10:43

      Geluk WP jy het die copy en paste knoppie ontdek!!!

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-13 13:21

      WPBEFONK,ITS CALLED A DREAM,same as 10 years no cups and counting ,maybe next year

      420 - 2011-06-13 17:14

      As a Shark, I'll back my team to the end. As a neutral spectator, I am not so confident for this Bulls game in 5 days time... I reckon the Stormers are in for a suprise when they play the Cheetahs - who have absolutely nothing to loose, where as the stormers could still miss out on a home semi... Here's hoping that the Brumbies do us all a big favour against the Waratahs!!

      Die Spier - 2011-06-13 22:19

      @WPBEFONK You also strongly belief in the excistance of the tokkolos. And then, your pics has been mindblowingly accurate!!! HA HA HA

  • clivegoss - 2011-06-13 10:11

    Naka die Bulle het hulle sag gemaak, Julle geleentheid om hulle goed uitmekaar uit te haal. VRYSTAAT

  • Honest Dude - 2011-06-13 10:12

    Plus you have Habana also playing wing for the Cheetahs.

      chrismtb007 - 2011-06-13 11:27

      And they have Andries Multitask bekker at both lock and center!!! I think he played better center this last weekend than lock!!!

  • naknud - 2011-06-13 10:23

    Stormers... COME GET SOME! The Cheetahs are rested and ready!

  • Ace Ventura - 2011-06-13 10:28

    They can play King Pie Oosthuizen and Scooters Nel on the wing and still get away with it.

      thumper - 2011-06-13 10:36

      Sounds like something lloyd would say!

      Ace Ventura - 2011-06-13 10:42

      You're right. It does sound like him.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-13 10:55

      @Lloyd - your disguise didn't last long did it? I told you last night, use the GRINCH as an avatar, OR The mask? Smokinnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn.

      Count Olaf - 2011-06-13 11:26

      SAFFA, It was never supposed to be a secret. Grinch and Stanley's time will come.

      WPBEFONK - 2011-06-13 11:50

      Ja LLOYD, julle gaan saterdag op julle HEL kry teen die SHARKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Ace Ventura - 2011-06-13 12:11

      O.k Nostrabalsak.

      WPBEFONK - 2011-06-13 12:13

      @LLOYD, daai naam klink nogal geniaal/MOOI??

  • Brannas - 2011-06-13 11:03

    Don’t worry Naka, the stormerkies is finished after their bruising encounter with the Bulls and they must come up to Bloem’s high altitude to play the Cheetahs, the stormers is burned out. No doubt and the Cheetahs will be fresh after their by and hungry to get another win under their belt to register their best ever Super season. So I see another whipping for the stormakies in waiting, GO CHEETAHS, the whole country except slaapstad in behind you. Shit but it was lekker to see the stormakies go down last Saturday and to see the sorrow on the fans faces first hand.

      jontheb - 2011-06-13 12:36

      the stormers are gonna come back hard. Stormers by 50 - at least!!!

  • Jenny - 2011-06-13 11:08

    No matter the outcome of this game the Stormers will still choke in the playoffs again, concentrate on what your good at (shopping for has-beens from other teams) instead of playing rugby

      MaestroX - 2011-06-13 11:13

      Hmmm lying 2nd in the toughest rugby tournament in the world and we can’t play rugby, beat the bulls at loftus and we can't play rugby. Sweetheart, rather go commentate on something you actually understand, like knitting.

      chrismtb007 - 2011-06-13 11:32

      @ Maestro, hahaha, you have beeten a underformed Bulls team in Super rugby, the last time you made the same type of comment I told you to mark my words, this is a different Bulls team, they are on form..... You can lie first for, it doesnt matter, the only thing that counts is that final game... Stormers must still make sure they get there, and so should the bulls, but the Bulls showed on saturday that they have BMT, the Stormers dont... they always fade when it counts the most.... So keep on living in your dream world. You saying that Jenny must comment on something she knows, well I think you should take your own advice.... The Cheetahs are in this game to give you owes a hiding, and trust me, its not gonna be a run away for the Stormers...b they ALWAYS fumble under pressure!!!!

      Ace Ventura - 2011-06-13 11:49

      @Maestro. Lost 3 games at Newlands. Never won a Super cup. Ever. Yes, you can't play rugby. Your mom was good at knitting, thus creating you - a nitwit.

      Honest Dude - 2011-06-13 12:12

      Jenny - I guess you know all about choking or is your man too small.

      jontheb - 2011-06-13 12:45

      Shame guys - she's a blue bull wife ie. still struggling to see out of those two black eyes after her Hannes had one too many brandy-and-cokes celebrating his teams unexpected naelskraap win on Saturday. Jenny, here's hoping you can see enough by this weekend to watch your team get thumped by the Sharks and knocked out of the comp!!! Maybe you should borrow Hannes' scrumcap after the game...

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-13 13:40

      Another: "Oh is a rolling maul like a shopping mall" wannabe.

      Alan - 2011-06-13 15:10

      Funny thing you say about shopping for players from other provinces, when you think about it every point scored on Saturday was scored by a player orignally from WP - get your facts straight before you make stupid comments. This is a golf site anyway, gentleman only ladies forbidden! As MaestroX says, go knit rather.

  • Die Spier - 2011-06-13 22:17

    GO CHEETAHS Maak daai breindood gemors van die kaap huil!!! Die CHEETAH CHEETAH CHEETAH

  • gnus wakker - 2011-06-14 03:51

    Sprinbok speedster Habana???? HA HA HA HA Is jy gerook jou d@@s??????? Daar is laerskool rugbyspelers vinniger as die poephol

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