Cheetahs pick their best

2012-10-17 14:37

Bloemfontein - Free State Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske has chosen his strongest available side for their crucial Currie Cup promotion/relegation playoff against the EP Kings in Bloemfontein on Friday.

The Bloemfontein-based side play host for the first of two playoff games to decide whether they will remain in the premier division or be relegated to the first division.

The Cheetahs had one of their most successful Super Rugby seasons this year, but they have struggled to reproduce the same form in the Currie Cup.

Winning only three of their 10 encounters, relegation beckons if the Free State side cannot produce the goods against the Kings.

The hosts will need to make do without one of their stalwarts, prop Coenie Oosthuizen, who picked up a lower back injury in the Free State side's loss to Western Province last week.

"It is regretable that Coenie isn't available," Drotske said on Wednesday.

"His loss is a big one, especially for the Springboks and the end-of-year tour.

"We would have looked to him to give the scrums substance, but now he is unavailable.

"We have to face problems like these and keep looking forward."



15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Nico Scheepers, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Phillip van der Walt, 7 Lappies Labuschange, 6 Hendro Scholtz, 5 Izak van der Merwe, 4 Francois Uys, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Marcel van der Merwe

Substitutes: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 Schalk van der Merwe, 18 Carl Wegner, 19 Davon Ruabenheimer, 20 Tewis du Bruyn, 21 Phillip Snyman, 22 Rayno Benjamin

EP Kings:

15 SP Marais, 14 Paul Perez, 13 Wayne Stevens (captain), 12 Shane Gates, 11 Marcello Sampson, 10 Wesley Dunlop, 9 Falie Oelschig, 8 Cornell Du Preez, 7 Wimpie van der Walt, 6 Devin Oosthuizen, 5 David Bullbring, 4 Reynier Bernardo, 3 Clint Newland, 2 Hannes Franklin, 1 Jaco Engels.

Substitutes: 16 Frank Herne, 17 Andre Schlechter, 18 Wayne van Heerden, 19 Mpho Mbiyozo, 20 Scott Mathie, 21 George Whitehead, 22 Michael Killian


  • marcus.vermaak - 2012-10-17 14:54

    Cheetahs, please show these "kings" what Super Rugby looks like, show them the real power of a Super Union. Score: 49 - 0 GO FS!!!

      luke.sportify - 2012-10-17 17:24

      Come on EP!!! show these fools on here that rugby in the EC is going places Unbeaten in the CC, beating both the Pumas and Leopards Reckon it's going to be a cracker Both sides are missing key players

      francois.smith.7 - 2012-10-17 17:33

      Luke, you did not play in the CC, the last time you played you were thoroughly beaten. The last time you won was when Danie Gerber was still playing for EP.

      sean.brady.14224 - 2012-10-17 17:35

      @Luke, did they beat both those power-houses of SA Rugby this year? You do omit to mention that they played the Pumas three times and only beat them twice, the other two games being drawn! The same Pumas who I believe won two games in the Premier division last year! Cheetahs will take this in a canter...

      luke.sportify - 2012-10-18 10:53

      @ Sean, not to long ago on here the Kings haters were saying EP would be smashed by Boland, Pumas and the Leopards Last time EP were in the Currie Cup the whole country enjoyed the way they played and the stars they produced

      peter.britz1 - 2012-10-18 14:18

      @ lukey, You also cleverly fail to mention that none of the other teams in the 1st Division received the generous handouts from SARU, to boost the team, to get ready fro S15 either hey! Not exactly equal footing now is it? Yet the Pumas still outscored the Kings with tries, and lost due to a poorer goal kicking effort. The same Kings without SARU's millions couldn't even beat Boland last year bwahahhaaaa

  • ruan.smith.14 - 2012-10-17 14:56

    Good Luck EP!!

      marcus.vermaak - 2012-10-17 14:57

      They will need it.

  • dieter.muller.942145 - 2012-10-17 14:59

    Cheetahs teen EP KING se C span ...

      marcus.vermaak - 2012-10-17 14:59

      Want dis al wat hulle het.

      P.J. - 2012-10-17 15:04

      Die Kings is 'n C span! Cheetahs gaan die Kings BAIE seer maak! Na Vrydagaand gaan Cheeky hul deelname aan Superrugby onttrek!

      dieter.muller.942145 - 2012-10-17 15:06

      8 beserings ..en ons aanwinste kom eers in 2013 .... verwag maar dat die cheetahs gaan wen - en dit kom van die grootste kings supporter! .... Cheetahs het net Goosen en Brussouw uit

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-17 15:08

      Groot bek dieter begin al klaar verskonings maak.

      tommy.jones.754918 - 2012-10-17 15:16

      I don't want to agree with a blue bull supporter, but in this instance I have no other option. Dieter, you are already looking for excuses, why....because your team is not good enough.

      peter.britz1 - 2012-10-17 16:18

      Shampies! Wees eerder bly die Cheetahs het meer beserings. Coenie, Nyakane, Ferreira, Brüssow, Frans Viljoen, Floors en Boom Prinsloo is almal beseer, dus ons eertse keuse voorspelers speel net Strauss, vd Westhuizen, en Labuschagne. In die agterlyn, kan julle die sterre dank, dat van Zyl, Goosen, en Smit nie beskikbaar is nie. Dan sou julle nog verder verneeder word ha ha

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-17 16:28

      ...die EP Queens se C span moet maar liewer in die C liga bly speel... ....EP Losers...

      peter.britz1 - 2012-10-17 16:29

      As jy net van Brüssow en Goosen wis, wat beseer is in die Cheetahs span, weet jy maar weinig van rugby af, en dit wys bwahahaaaaa. So wat as julle aanwinste eers volgende jaar beskikbaar is, dan sal ons ook van ons sterre wat vir Griquas speel beskikbaar hê. Ons span sal dan so lyk: 1. Caylib Oosthuisen/Nyakane of Schalk vd Merwe 2. Adriaan Strauss/Liebenberg/Barnes of Torsten v Jaarsveld 3. Coenie Oosthuizen/Lourens Adriaanse of Rossouw de Klerk 4. Andriess Ferreia/Rynhardt Landman of Edwin Hewitt 5. Martin Muller/Carl Wegner of Waltie Vermeulen 6. Brüssow/Marnus Schoeman/Downey of Wesley Wilkens 7. (Juan Smith?) Lappies Labuschagne/Frans Viljoen/Frans Uys/Tertius Daniller 8. Phillip vd Walt/Karemaker of Jonothan Adendorf 9. van Zyl/Pretorius/Jacques Coetzee/Marnus Hugo 10. Goosen/Brummer of Elgar Watts 11. Rhule/Jansen/Cornal Hendricks/Rocco Jansen 12. Joubert Engelbrecht/Walter Venter/Ebersohn 13. Sadie/Stemmet/JP Nel 14. Vulindlu/Benjamin/of Jannie Boshoff 15. le Roux/Daniller/Scheepers of Smit Ek kan nie wag om jou lys te sien van die versterkings nie. Moenie vergeet om die "foreign legion" in te sluit nie hoor! Bwahahhaaaa

  • nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-10-17 15:00

    GO Cheetahs, keep the kings out of the CC!!

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-17 15:02

    If the Cheetahs murder the Kings in this game will it be considered a hate crime?? What a game to watch, GO CHEETAHS!!!!

  • BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-17 15:06

    Go Cheetahs ! Show no mercy take no prisoners !

  • bakkies.botha.39 - 2012-10-17 15:07

    Go Vrystaat!!!!!!!

      martin.oosthuizen.33 - 2012-10-17 15:13

      Net so Bakkies!!!!!!! Waag nog vir jou e-pos!!!!! Kom help gou die Cheetahs teen hierdie \cheeky\ ouens vvan die baai!!!!!

      bakkies.botha.39 - 2012-10-17 16:03

      Eks nou daar!!! Luke bek@#k hom as hy my sien!!!

  • dieter.muller.942145 - 2012-10-17 15:10

    Ons Kings het 'n ooreenkoms gehad met die cheetahs .... hulle vote ons in Super Rugby, dan sal ons verseker hulle bly in die Currie Cup.... tyd om ons deel van die deal na te kom! nou kies ons maar ons C span ... THX cheetahs .... ons help mekaar goed! Super Rugby is anyway beter as Currie Cup!!! lekke leeus!!!! haha /// EP KINGS ON THE RISE!!!!

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-17 15:51

      Maar wie gaan julle in die super 15 help ?

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-17 16:18

      ....EP Southern Losers... ....Bhwa ha haha ha..!

  • Nakkie69 - 2012-10-17 15:43

    This Friday i will be a HUGE Cheetahs supporter !!! "GOD don't SAVE THE KING"

  • blou.johnny - 2012-10-17 16:21

    ...Cheetahs 57 - 11 Ep Cheeky Comrades....

      nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-10-17 16:46

      maar johny, daar is 80 minute in 'n game, jy het net die score na die eerste 20 minute, en die 11 vir die EP is seker wat SARU sal aandring hulle handy cap moet wees!

  • martin.marais.90 - 2012-10-17 17:19

    Andries Strauss op binnesenter???? Die ou speel dan volgende jaar vir die Kings en wil juis he hulle moet in CB speel!!

  • suidlander.vanwyk - 2012-10-17 19:08

    all hail the KINGS, in Luke and Cheeky Watson we believe

      lesbeen - 2012-10-17 21:39

      Bwahahaahahahahaha!!! Ons praat weer maandag!!! Bwahahahahaha!!! Cheetahs gaan julle eet soos n mielie

      suidlander.vanwyk - 2012-10-18 07:29

      sorry lesbian I grew up in England so i only speak English not German

  • lesbeen - 2012-10-17 22:06

    The Kings will soon realise what it means to play in the big leagues... When the Cheetahs murder them on Friday, they will start to understand why the whole country rebel against their inclusion into super rugby. Can't even qualify for the Currie cup but they want to run with the big dogs? You will realize how good the Lions team actually was, when you get a taste of the level of rugby at these levels? Lions may have performed poorly in superrugby, but the deserved to be there on merit, not by backdoor politics!! Go FS!!!! YOU may be backstabbers, but atleast we are not...

      luke.sportify - 2012-10-18 10:56

      @ Lesbian, are you predicting the future? These games are to qualify for the Currie Cup you idiot. Lions and Super Rugby dont go They are definately winners of the biggest losers

  • reagan.kammies - 2012-10-17 23:12

    Murder the Free State, Eastern Cape Supa Kings. I'm so happy nxt year ill be watching Super Rugby and Curry Cup in PE. No hard feelings

      barry.savage.33 - 2012-10-18 12:32

      Trust me. What you will be witnessing next year is more depressing at your stadium than watching it on TV! You will get a taste tomorrow night during the Cheetahs' game!

  • luke.sportify - 2012-10-18 11:29

    If you look a bit deeper, you’d see the Free State and EP junior teams are also experiencing contrasting fortunes. This season, the Free State U21s only won four out 12 league games. Their U19s only won three of their 12 fixtures. The EP U21s and U19s topped their respective logs in the B Divisions, with the former team securing the provincial title. They will compete for promotion to the A Division. Transformation is also evident in EP’s junior teams, which bodes well for the future. The Southern Kings will also be able to tap into the top black talent in SWD and Border’s junior structures. However, Super Rugby participation will be vital in retaining these young players. While many in the South African rugby fraternity are worried about the Lions, it looks like the Cheetahs are also struggling. And at all levels too. These are still early days, but a power change has already begun by the looks of it. The Kings are on the rise, while the Cheetahs are headed in another direction.

  • barry.savage.33 - 2012-10-18 12:25

    I can't see the ANC beat the Cheetahs tomorrow...

      barry.savage.33 - 2012-10-18 12:26

      ....sorry, I meant the "Kings beating the Cheetahs".

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