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New front row for Cheetahs

2012-03-20 14:08

Brenden Nel -  SuperSport

Christchurch - Toyota Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske has changed his front row ahead of the crunch game on Saturday in Christchurch against the Crusaders.

Kick-off is at 08:35.

Still on a high from their victory over the Melbourne Rebels, Drotske made three changes to his side to face the Crusaders, rewarding the efforts of flanker Justin Downey and prop Trevor Nyakane in the victory and giving Lourens Adriaanse a start in the game.

Downey replaces Davon Raubenheimer, who isn’t in the 22-man squad, with no indication from the Cheetahs if the move is tactical or injury-forced. The same goes for WP Nel, who drops out of the squad while Coenie Oosthuizen moves onto the bench.

But the front row move is an interesting one, especially as the Crusaders struggled in their last outing against the Chiefs in the setpiece, and will be keen to reintroduce some sanity into their play.

Normally the Crusaders would start as overwhelming favourites, and all indications are that they will be anyway, given the fact that the Cheetahs have never won in New Zealand, but after the miracle of Melbourne, Drotske’s charges will be entering Christchurch with a renewed sense of confidence.

For one, the Crusaders will be playing for the first time at their new stadium and while Dan Carter is set to return for the game, he may take some time to settle in after a lengthy injury.

Coupled with the Cheetahs victory in the corresponding fixture in Bloemfontein last year and it is clear why they will fancy their chances against the New Zealand Super-franchise.

Downey’s impact on the game was impressive. Statistics show that in just 16 minutes on the field he made eight tackles, many of them telling in repelling the Rebels advance.

Interestingly though, Drotske chooses to keep Ashley Johnson on the bench, hoping his impact in the second half will be as telling.

Johnson’s ball carries were one of the reasons why the Cheetahs managed to stay in the game, and in his 23 minutes on the park, he took the ball forward a massive 82 metres, making two linebreaks in the process.

Piet van Zyl, the try-scoring hero in Melbourne, will start from the bench again behind Tewis de Bruyn.

Teams:

Crusaders:

TBA

Cheetahs:

15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Cameron Jacobs, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Willie le Roux, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Tewis de Bruyn, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Justin Downey, 6 Heinrich Brussow, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 George Earle, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Trevor Nyakane

Substitutes: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 Coenie Oosthuizen, 18 Andries Ferreira, 19 Ashley Johnson, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Ryno Benjamin

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Comments
  • Pierre - 2012-03-20 14:49

    Why don't Naka start Piet van Zyl ahead of Tewis.. Every time pier comes on he makes an impact. Personally I don't think Tewis deserves the starting position. Pierre13

      Stormkaap - 2012-03-20 17:03

      I think he is introducing Van Zyl slowly..after all the oke is only 19

  • Sharksfever - 2012-03-20 14:52

    Van Zyl was epic last week. I so hope the Cheetahs can do it two weeks in a row, but doubt it. Oh and whats peoples take on Willie Le Roux? I think he is fantastic

      David - 2012-03-20 16:13

      All the pressure is on Crusaders. It's their first home game after the earthquake so they will be pumped up but also nervous, the Cheetahs can use that to their advantage. The smart moneys on Crusaders but the Cheetahs can do it. Go Cheetahs!!

  • Danie - 2012-03-20 14:57

    Waar is SIAS !!!!! My moer naka . .verbaas hy kies niie weer vir Dusty Noble nie pffffff useless !!!

      Hanjo - 2012-03-20 15:08

      op die Bench? wou jy he Naka moes hom begin eerder as Goosen?

      Danie - 2012-03-20 16:09

      Ja, hy moes op 15 begin het

      Danie - 2012-03-20 16:10

      Hanjo ,hy het nie op 10 opgekom nie ,hy het op 15 opgekom .

  • Nick - 2012-03-20 14:59

    Go Cheetahs! :) Yes you can - do it! :) Should've been 2 from 2 on the road in Australasia (but for referee Keith Brown vs the Brumbies) - let's make it 2 in a row! :) Dan Carter or no DC, Richie McCaw or no Richie McCheat - the NZ's have "won" "their" RWC (read: cheated their way to the crown) - courtesy of referee match-fixing by Paddy O'Brien - they will now become more irrelevant on the rugby stage.. SA teams must, and will, prevail! :) Ditto the Boks when the internationals start! :)

      Carl - 2012-03-20 16:19

      Nick you would be fooling yourself to think the Crusaders are the same team with or without Carter and McCaw...

      Nick - 2012-03-20 17:17

      @ Carl - I know they are a better team with 2 said players - just like the Cheetahs are a markedly better team when our talisman captain - Juan Smith - plays.. :) My point was more off the point I guess (relevant to the article heading) - and that is - the 'era' or time of all things Test rugby having to be 'fixed' (read: match-fixed by Paddy O'Brien) in order that NZ may finally win "their" RWC for the first time since 1987 (when the Boks didn't play) - is now over. I don't believe international rugby officials will allow such biased refereeing (read: blatant cheating) as what has occured over the last 2 seasons (since the 2010 Tri-Nations) to continue any more.. NZ have been given "their" trophy - now - let the rest of us get on with playing the game of rugby... DC, McCheat and the rest - can go get stuffed! They have "their" cup - they've been 'gifted' it - now they can go play rugby in Japan - who cares - I honestly believe their aura has gone - teams now know we/they can beat NZ - home or away. It was plain for all to see how the 2011 RWC was manipulated so NZ would have the easiest passage possible (the appointment of Bryce Lawrence in the 2 games - Ireland vs Australia, and the QF - SA vs Australia - being paramount to this). Craig Joubert was very dubious in the Final (pandering to Paddy O'Brien - his boss - no doubt) - ensuring France wouldn't win - when France were clearly the better team in the Final.. Watch and see our Boks - under Heynecke later this year. :)

  • PatPion - 2012-03-20 15:38

    I wouldn't exactly call a win over the Rebels a miracle.

      joneethling - 2012-03-20 18:00

      The winning try was quite miraculous

  • Japjapjap - 2012-03-21 19:13

    @fotokie- dis nou wat mens noem DISKRIMINASIE. lekkerrr BULLE, roer hulle!!!

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