LIVE

    Drotské makes one change

    2013-05-08 13:36
    Post a comment

    Bloemfontein - Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské has made only one injury enforced change to his starting XV for their Super Rugby encounter against the Hurricanes in Bloemfontein on Friday.

    Kick-off is at 19:10.

    Drotské has included burly flank Frans Viljoen in his starting line-up after one of the Cheetahs stalwarts this season, flanker Lappies Labuschagne, injured his elbow in their 26-12 victory over the Kings two weeks ago.

    "Lappies has been a crucial player, not only in our own lineouts, but also when it comes to contesting our opponents' lineouts," Drotské said on Wednesday.

    "He will be available next week, but for this game it is a big blow for us.

    "I do think that the inclusion of Frans will benefit us against a side like the Hurricanes.

    "His physical approach is what you need if you want to beat them."

    The Cheetahs enjoyed a bye last week and now find themselves second in the SA conference, just two points behind the Bulls.

    "We don't have the luxury of a rotation policy because we don't have as much depth as some of the bigger unions," Drotské said.

    "The players that played the 10 games before the bye were basically the same players, and I could sense against the Kings that the guys were tired.

    "But with regards to intensity there is no excuse not to come back with a bang against the Hurricanes.

    "The next four games are crucial for us if we are to contest for a place in the knockout stages."

    In the only change among the reserves, Drotské has included flank Boom Prinsloo on a bench that already consists of playmakers like scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius and flyhalf Elgar Watts.

    Teams:

    Cheetahs:

    15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Willie le Roux, 13 Johan Sadie, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Burton Francis, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Phillip van der Walt, 7 Frans Viljoen, 6 Heinrich Brussow, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lodewyk de Jager, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Coenie Oosthuisen

    Substitutes: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Landman Ligtoring, 19 Boom Prinsloo, 20 Sarel Pretorius, 21 Elgar Watts, 22 Ryno Benjamin

    Hurricanes:

    TBA

    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
    14 comments
    Add your comment
    Comment 0 characters remaining
    Live Video Streaming
    Sport Talk

    Fixtures

    25 April 2014
    • Blues v Waratahs, Auckland 07:35
    • Brumbies v Chiefs, Canberra 09:40
    • Sharks v Highlanders, Durban 19:10
    26 April 2014
    • Hurricanes v Reds, Wellington 09:35
    • Western Force v Bulls, Perth 11:40
    • Cheetahs v Stormers, Bloemfontein 17:05
    02 May 2014
    • Blues v Reds, Auckland 09:35
    • Melbourne Rebels v Sharks, Melbourne 11:40

    Results

    19 April 2014
    18 April 2014
    12 April 2014
    11 April 2014
    05 April 2014
    04 April 2014
    29 March 2014
    28 March 2014
    22 March 2014
    21 March 2014
    15 March 2014
    14 March 2014
    08 March 2014
    07 March 2014
    01 March 2014
    28 February 2014
    23 February 2014
    22 February 2014
    21 February 2014
    15 February 2014

    Logs

    Rank Team P W Pts

    EXPERT OPINION

    “As we head into Round 11 of Super Rugby, an alarming stat is that South African teams crop up the bottom of the tries scored category.”

    Opinion Poll

    While the Sharks look like sure winners of the SA Super Rugby Conference, the "battle" for the wooden spoon could well develop into a four-team race. Who eventually props up the table?

    Monday Quiz Madness!

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