"Atter" returns for Cheetahs

2010-07-21 18:09

Bloemfontein - Springbok hooker Adriaan Strauss makes a welcome return to the Cheetahs side for Saturday’s Absa Currie Cup match against the defending champions, the Blue Bulls at Loftus Versfeld.

Strauss, who provides a lot of fire and spark to the Cheetahs pack, was injured during the Super 14 competition, and underwent a shoulder operation, returns to his place in the side, even though it will probably only be for the first half.

His return is one of four changes that coach Naka Drotske has made to the team that beat Griquas in Bloemfontein last Friday.

Strauss will start the game, but is likely to be replaced by Skipper Badenhorst, who is on the bench, while lock Izak van der Westhuizen returns from an ankle ailment to replace Francois Uys in the starting line-up.

Barend Pieterse moves up from the bench to continue his long-serving career and swops with Waltie Vermeulen in the final change to the pack. In the backline, Meyer Bosman’s concussion means that Corné Uys moves into the starting line-up.

Uys looked hungry for action after being a second-half replacement last weekend against Griquas.

Free State Cheetahs:

15 Hennie Daniller; 14 Philip Snyman, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Corné Uys, 11 Jongi Nokwe; 10 Louis Strydom, 9 Tewis de Bruyn; 8 Ashley Johnson, 7 Juan Smith, 6 Hendro Scholtz (captain), 5 Barend Pieterse, 4 Izak van der Westhuizen, 3 WP Nel, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Coenie Oosthuizen.
Substitutes: 16 Skipper Badenhorst, 17 Kobus Calldo, 18 Waltie Vermeulen, 19 Kabamba Floors, 20 Tertius Carse, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 JW Jonker.


  • BALSAK(alias Blue Bul Hater) - 2010-07-21 18:19

    The CHEETAHS by 20!!! Ka ching!!!!

  • mike - 2010-07-21 19:47

    Strong team with Juan and now Strauss back. Gonna be a good game, might come down to the kickers on the day.

  • Witlorrie - 2010-07-21 21:32

    I am a very loyal Cheetah supporter and have been so for almost 45 years. Lately it seems as if the selectors deliberately look for the worst flyhalves in the country and then contract them. In the Super 14 it was Naas Olivier and now it is Louis Strydom. Neither of them plays Free State style rugby. Can any side with Louis Strydom at flyhalf be taken serious? Play Sias Ebersohn at 10 and let him gain experience and confidence. Or do we wait until another province contracts him? If Meyer Bosman is well again play him at 10.

  • Cheetah fan!!!!!!! - 2010-07-22 09:36

    I think that the cheetahs can win this with a strong team like this. @ Mike, i agree with you on the Ebresohn theory but not on Bosman, he is a center and thats it...rather keep him there for the long distance kicks and take Ebersohn on flyhalf for the shorter kicks and he also functions well with his brother on center as they have since their school rugby and u/20 team for the cheetahs. One thing is certain is that Sias will never leave the cheetahs as I know him personally and he told me so himself. With Atter back this will get interesting

  • Jacq - 2010-07-22 09:39

    Sorry not @ Mike rather @ Witlorrie

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