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Goosen: S15 miracle man

2012-03-22 12:30

Cape Town – The season may be very young but there has been an auspicious start statistically by the Cheetahs’ exciting, rookie flyhalf Johan Goosen.

Stats issued by the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper (via the Rugby Heaven website) this week indicate that the 19-year-old, playing his first season at this level, heads up several categories after four weeks of activity.

Goosen is the leading points scorer, just for starters, with 65 – an eight-point cushion over the Hurricanes’ similarly raw Beauden Barrett in second spot.

He has also kicked the most penalty goals (16), just ahead of the Reds’ now-injured Mike Harris with 15.

Goosen also shares most conversions (seven) with all of the Chiefs’ Aaron Cruden and compatriots Morne Steyn (Bulls) and Pat Lambie (Sharks).

Always renowned for the prodigious distance he gets off his boot, whether from the tee or out of hand, the Cheetahs man also boasts the most kick metres (1 607m), ahead of the Stormers’ diminutive fullback Joe Pietersen (1 338m).

As if to demonstrate that he is not just a metronomic kicker, significantly, Goosen is sixth for “most running metres” and the best flyhalf in this category (273m). Top of the pile here is the Chiefs’ ever-popular inside centre Sonny Bill Williams.

Williams unsurprisingly also leads the category for his forte, most off-loads (11), with Goosen next best-placed with nine ... only further illustrating the roundedness of his game?

Goosen will do well to stay at the stats forefront this weekend: the Cheetahs play the mighty Crusaders in Christchurch, with not too many people tipping them to even get close on the scoreboard, although they come off a rousing tour win against the Rebels.

Sport24

Comments
  • Cartman - 2012-03-22 12:36

    probeer jy vir my se die cheetahs en die stormers se skoppers het meer kicking meters as die bulls??????? lol

      Gershwin - 2012-03-22 12:53

      @cartman probeer jy om vir ons te se die bulls speel k**? lol

      Louis - 2012-03-22 13:20

      Most kicking meters yes. Not most up and unders!

      Sean - 2012-03-22 13:58

      Goosen in BRILLIANT !!

      Jason - 2012-03-22 14:20

      Watch out Steyn and Co this lad will play in the green and gold baring injury!

      corrie.vandermerwe3 - 2012-03-22 22:50

      @ Cartman. Miskien omdat die BULLS tot dusver die meeste driee gedruk het.

  • Johan - 2012-03-22 12:56

    Die laaitjie is Guuuuudddd !!

  • Bernard - 2012-03-22 13:02

    His kicking is excellent. Would now like to see him actually play a bit of rugby as well.

      johannes.p.bezuidenhout1 - 2012-03-22 13:09

      Ek hoop vir die Cheetas se part hy word nie gekoop na die Bulls toe nie want hulle koop spelers en dan speel hulle nie.

      Hanjo - 2012-03-22 13:15

      "Goosen is sixth for “most running metres and the best flyhalf in this category" and "Williams unsurprisingly also leads the category for his forte, most off-loads (11), with Goosen next best-placed with nine" ... Kicking may not classify as playing rugby(according to you) but surely running and offloading does?

      Marcel - 2012-03-22 13:38

      @bernard, its quite simple just switch on the tv when the cheetah's play and then you would be able to see him play some running rugby.

      Nick - 2012-03-22 14:06

      Firstly - great article Rob - well noted! :) @Bernard - my goodness - do you actualy watch rugby?? Watch the Currie Cup last year? Johan Goosen is absolutely BRILLIANT! For the first time in our history - we have a genuinely complete, all-round, flyhalf - with the best skills in every sphere of fly-half play - ie: 1) Can kick prodigious distances for posts - with dead-eye-dick accuracy too. Kicked 36 out of 37 in last year's Currie Cup, and has only missed 3 'kickable' kicks this year (I'm not including the almost 70 metre effort vs the Brumbies). 2) Can kick drop-kicks from a similar distance - and his kicking out of hand too. 3) He is a play-maker - he can handle and pass - ie distribute the ball with aplomb too - he gets his backline away. Is a good runner with the ball in hand - and can line-break. 4) He possesses a body-swerve I haven't seen since the greatest of them all - Carel du Plessis (see his try vs the Sharks in last year's Currie Cup for an example). 5) He can tackle. Ie: the complete flyhalf. ALL this at only 19 years old. The man is a mercurial genius - he has the potential to become the greatest flyhalf SA has ever produced. We've always had either a "kicking" flyhalf (eg Naas Botha, De Wet Ras, Gerald Bosch, Jannie de Beer etc) or a "running" flyhalf (eg Henry Honiball, Hennie le Roux) - in Goosen - we have the complete package - he can do all - each skill with brilliance too! :) Our own Jonny Wilkinson or Dan Carter - could even be better one day..?

  • BlouMasjien - 2012-03-22 13:11

    Goosen ,moet saam met Morne Steyn, in die Bokke se oefengroep wees, stelselmatig kan hy by by Morne oorneem, afhangende van hoe hy groei.9.Houghaardt 10.Goosen 12 Francois Steyn.

      Hanjo - 2012-03-22 13:27

      alhoewel ek saamstem sal die Sharks supporters gou vir jou se Lambie moet op 10 gehou word, so met dit gese, sal dit dus beteken Lambie, Goosen en Elton kompeteer om Morne se understudy te wees. en om eerlik te wees hulle al drie was tops so ver die seisoen. As Lambie wel fullback toe skyf voel ek net mense moet nie van Elton vergeet nie, in 2012 het hy nog niks verkeerd gedoen nie.

      Dewald - 2012-03-22 13:39

      Morne moet gaan, in my view moet jy vir die Bokke speel omdat jy die beste is. Al 4 die ander SA S15 spanne se no 10's speel better as hy. Om dinge erger te maak is dat Goosen in 'n span is wat nog net een game gewen het, wys net hoe dam goed hy is!

      lourens.jordaan - 2012-03-22 13:44

      Hoekom moet Goosen stelselmatig by hom oorneem.As hy goedgenoeg is kan hy nou al vir die Bokke speel.Skop baie goed pale toe.Skop baie goed uit die hand uit.Val goed die voordeellyn aan.Versprei goed die bal.Lees die game baie goed.Verdedig baie goed.Kan sy game baie goed afwissel en kan self sien as plan A nie werk nie self oorgaan na plan B toe.Nounet omdat hy jonk is moet hy terugstaan.Stront man as hy die beste is kies hom .En hy is die bese op die oomblik.

      BlouMasjien - 2012-03-22 13:53

      @Hanjo, Ek stem saam Goosen en Lambie is puikspelers, Goosen skop beter en geen span kan sonder n skoper speel nie. Ek sal Lambie op fullback kies maar Jaco Taute is briljant en kan nie weg gegooi word. Elton is baie goed maar hy sukkel met beserings.

      Nick - 2012-03-22 14:09

      Absolutely Bloumasjien - in fact - Goosen is ready now.. :) I'd play Fourie du Preez at 9 for now (even if just for 1 year - his experience to guide Goosen through his 1st year of Test rugby).. :) 9) Fourie du Preez; 10) Johan Goosen; 11) Gio Aplon; 12) Frans Steyn; 13) Jaques Fourie; 14) JP Pietersen; 15) Pat Lambie. Backline bench: Francois Hougaard; Morne Steyn; Juan de Jongh.

      hvanderlinde - 2012-03-22 14:11

      9. Hougaard 10. Goosen 11. Aplon 12. Steyn 13. Sadie 14. Engelbrecht 15. Lambie. Dan het ons ook nog vir M. Steyn / Basson / Venter / De Jongh / Mvovo / Jo Peterson en Taute. Kan nie wag om hieride ouens almal in een backline te sien nie.

      hvanderlinde - 2012-03-22 14:12

      En Jantjies

      BlouMasjien - 2012-03-22 14:15

      @lourens, Ek stem saam dat hy die beste is, gee hom kans om ondervinding te kry, as hy die druk kan hanteer by die Bokke, kan hy gouer oorneem. Daar is te veel ouens wat by die diepkant ingegooi is en dan vergeet word as hy nie goed doen nie,bv Gaffie du Toit

      David - 2012-03-22 14:19

      I like your backline Nick, except I'd select Mvovo instead of Aplon. But either way, what a good backline we can put on the field

      hvanderlinde - 2012-03-22 14:35

      Blou, ek hoor wat jy sê oor Gaffie maar vat 'n ou soos James O'Conner. Hy was 17 en 'n paar maande oud toe hy vir die Force uitgedraf het en in dieselfde jaar nog vir Australië ook. Nou's hy 21 met amper 30 AUS caps onder die belt en AUS sal hom nie uit hul nationale span laat nie want hy's goud werd. Party ouens kan dit hanteer ander nie. Ek dink Goosen het die kop op sy skouers en die temprament om dit te kan vat.

      Gareth - 2012-03-22 14:35

      hy kan klaar oorneem in die 9,10,12 trio!!!!!

      Nick - 2012-03-22 14:45

      @ David - cheers mate! :) Reason I went with Gio - is the man has the 'X'-factor' - can create something from nothing.. :) I like Lwazi too - just that, in my opinion, he's a good 'finisher' - doesn't quite possess all the skills that Gio has.. Yeah - as pointed out by hvanderlinde - what brilliant talent we have in this country - guys like Jaco Taute and Joe Pietersen always in the mix - not to mention experienced hands like Bryan Habana and Jean de Villiers too... :) In Johan Goosen; Frans Steyn; Gio Aplon; and Pat Lambie - we would have 4 players in the backline with the 'X-factor'... Not to mention Hougie coming off the bench.. Backed up by the experience of Fourie du Preez; Jaques Fourie; and JP Pietersen - Happy Days Bokke! :)

      BlouMasjien - 2012-03-22 15:08

      @vanderlinde, ek stem 100% saam met jou, Goosen gaan nog diep spore in Bok rugby trap,hoe gouer hoe beter. Heyneke Meyer het bewys dat hy spelers in hulself kan laat glo, kyk maar na Derick Hougaard, onder Heyneke was hy briljant, maar hy het gesukkel onder ander afrigters. Morne het baie ondervinding en Goosen kan baie by hom leer.

  • Hendrik - 2012-03-22 13:18

    Cheetahs vs Crusaders... One would easily be inclined to agree that the sleek cats will not "come close" on the scoreboard against the "mighty" Crusaders. (that was also my SuperBru prediction) BUT I think we need to keep in mind that the "mighty" Crusaders have been a bit shaky so far this season. I am hoping my SuperBru prediction is wrong by the proverbial country mile.

      Marcel - 2012-03-22 13:39

      and the cheeters beat them last year as well, so anything is possible

      David - 2012-03-22 14:13

      There's a lot of pressure for the Crusaders to win this one. They will be emotionally pumped for this game and if the score boards close, that might not be a good thing. SA sides seem to be getting better at winning overseas. The Cheetahs only broke their duck last year against the Tah's and already won a game this year (should've been two though). The smart moneys on the Saders but who knows. Go Cheetahs

      Nick - 2012-03-22 14:14

      Love your work HJS - yes our boys from Bloem CAN do it! :)

  • Neil - 2012-03-22 13:41

    Not too many people sound like a bunch of twats. They have a fair chance and if they play the better rugby they will win. Crusaders are not half the team they used to be.

      David - 2012-03-22 14:24

      Exactly, ignore reputation and simply play the team on the field as you would any side

  • Grant - 2012-03-22 14:01

    This Goosen and the Lions Elton Jantjes are the future in my humble opinion. Please Heyneke, no more 1 dimesional kick, kick . kick artists like M Steyn ....asseblieftog!

      Reinhard - 2012-03-22 14:09

      Hoor hoor!! Dis tyd vir die jong spelers om te wys wat hulle kan doen. En beide Goosen en Jantjies se spel patrone breuk lyne! Morne sinne breuk ook lyne,maar dis net omdat die bal bo oor hul koppe geskop word!

  • Keith - 2012-03-22 15:09

    Goosen moet weer in die Bokspan ingepraat word.Hy kan skop ja maar laat die laaitie vir ons eers wys hy kan teen die regte ysters perform dan praat ons.Moeg vi die praise singers vir een laaitie.Is hy regtig beter as Lambie,Morne en Elton.

      Marcel - 2012-03-23 09:58

      Wel, hy gaan hierdie naweek teen DC speel, so koms ins kyk wat doen hy dan.

  • derrick.dawson - 2012-03-22 16:09

    This guy should be the Bok nr.10

  • macmyster77 - 2012-03-22 17:35

    For anyone that cares we are running a feature called "In Con10tion" on our website www.theyellowcap.com where we are statistically following our 4 top SA fly halves weekly. Make sure to follow and comment weekly!!!!

  • Farai - 2012-03-22 19:05

    finally an answer to Dan Carter!

      hvanderlinde - 2012-03-23 10:42

      I'm going to watch that match up with interest when Carter eventually comes on

  • Francois - 2012-03-23 00:08

    Bulls should buy this kid and post Steyn to Thailand or China or whatever....where the other old crocks are playing "rugby"

  • Jody - 2012-03-23 08:29

    Goosen will be the next great no 10 for SA. THis young man together with Lambie will ensure Boks will remain in top 3 if not number one in the future. Have heard that Bulls have signed him for 2013.

      David - 2012-03-23 12:06

      Oh hell no!! They will turn him into a one trick kicking pony

  • Selma - 2012-03-23 11:36

    Do we stand a chance against the English team? The South African teams have not impresed thus far. The English backline players are huge. An Aplon or Juan de Jongh will struggle to stop them in their tracks. Is Jacques Fourie available for the Springboks?

      David - 2012-03-23 12:09

      far too early too say. We have a good coach, amazingly talented players and are playing at home. The English haven't been that great for quite a while now.

  • macmyster77 - 2012-03-25 13:46

    For anyone that cares we are running a feature called "In Con10tion" on our website www.theyellowcap.com where we are statistically following our 4 top SA fly halves weekly. Make sure to follow and comment weekly!!!!

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