Rugby and more Rugby!

The Rugby Championship and Currie Cup are in full swing. Who are the early title favourites? Have your say on our Forum!


    Le Roux gets Cheetahs chance

    2012-02-08 07:44
    Cape Town - Cheetahs fullback Willie le Roux has been included in their starting line-up for the pre-season clash against the Bulls in Polokwane.

    Le Roux, who has impressed as a substitute in pre-season games so far this year, is one of several changes from the team that beat a second string Stormers outfit at Newlands last week.

    Le Roux, winger Rayno Benjamin, centre Philip Snyman, flank Ashley Johnson and prop Trevor Nyakane will all start on Saturday. They were not in the starting XV against the Stormers.

    The Bulls are expected to pick their best team, which has prompted the Cheetahs to give Le Roux his big chance against quality opposition.

    Cheetahs backline coach Hawies Fourie says he knows what he has in incumbent fullback Hennie Daniller and therefore wants to test the 22-year-old Le Roux.

    "Willie has thus far mostly got a chance as a substitute and played for Boland in last year's Currie Cup First Division.

    "We want to give him a chance against real Super-opponents.

    "Hennie played really well. We want to test Willie at a higher level and see how he handles it," Fourie told the Volksblad newspaper.

    Snyman and Benjamin also get their chance after so far mostly playing as substitutes or against weak opposition.

    "There's big rivalry at wing and centre and we want to see what they do against better players.

    Snyman competes with Andries Strauss for the No 12 jersey, while Benjamin and Dusty Noble compete for a spot on the wing.

    Springbok Johnson will also get a chance at flank, instead of playing at eightman.

    On Friday, the Cheetahs will also play with a so-called "B-team" against the Bulls' second stringers in Pretoria. Fourie said they will use 25 players for this clash.

    Teams: (For Saturday in Polokwane)



    Cheetahs: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Ryno Benjamin, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Philip Snyman, 11 Rocco Jansen, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Davon Raubenheimer, 7 Ashley Johnson, 6 Heinrich Brussow, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 WP Nel, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Trevor Nyakane.

    Substitutes: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Lourens Adriaanse, 18 Francois Uys, 19 Philip van der Walt, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Hennie Daniller, 23 Andries Strauss.

    Read News24’s Comments Policy 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
    Add your comment
    Comment 0 characters remaining
    Live Video Streaming
    Video Highlights
    Sport Talk
    Most Read


    02 August 2014
    26 July 2014
    19 July 2014
    12 July 2014
    11 July 2014
    06 July 2014
    05 July 2014
    04 July 2014
    28 June 2014
    27 June 2014
    31 May 2014
    30 May 2014
    24 May 2014
    23 May 2014
    18 May 2014
    17 May 2014
    16 May 2014
    11 May 2014
    10 May 2014
    09 May 2014
    03 May 2014
    02 May 2014
    26 April 2014
    25 April 2014
    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


    Rank Team P W Pts

    Opinion Poll

    Does the Waratahs' Super Rugby victory give the Wallabies an edge heading into the Rugby Championship?

    Monday Quiz Madness!

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