Coenie back for Cheetahs

2012-09-19 15:29

Bloemfontein - Free State Cheetahs prop Coenie Oosthuizen will make a return after a lengthy neck injury when he joins the bench for the Bloemfontein side's Currie Cup game against the Blue Bulls in Pretoria on Saturday.

The Springbok prop injured himself in an international Test against England earlier this year, eventually missing the last couple of weeks of Super Rugby and the first games of the Currie Cup season.

His return, albeit on the bench, is a boost for a Cheetahs side plagued by injuries to stalwarts like lock Andries Ferreira and flanker Frans Viljoen.

"It is great to have Coenie back. He has been training for a while now and looks good, but we won't rush him," said Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské.

"At the same time this is a good opportunity for Ross Geldenhuys to prove his worth.

"He comes in from the bench for the injured Schalk van der Merwe."

The coach has included playmaker and winger Raymond Rhule at outside centre, at the cost of Andries Strauss, in the hope that the speedster can provide the magic that the Cheetahs backline has been lacking the last couple of weeks. Rayno Benjamin comes in on the wing after the positional change.

Flanker Philip van der Walt has also been promoted to the starting line-up after recovering from a knee injury, and he replaces veteran Hendro Scholtz, who is relegated to the bench. Davon Raubenheimer falls out of the match 22 altogether.


Blue Bulls:

15 Jürgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Sampie Mastriet, 10 Louis Fouché, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Arno Botha, 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 Dewald Potgieter (captain), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Mornè Mellett

Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Cornell Hess, 19 CJ Stander, 20 Ruan Snyman, 21 Lionel Cronjè, 22 Ulrich Beyers

Free State Cheetahs:

15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Nico Scheepers, 13 Robert Ebersohn (captain), 12 Raymond Rhule, 11 Rayno Benjamin, 10 Tewis de Bruyn, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Lappies Labuschagn, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Francois Uys, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Hercu Liebenberg, 1 Marcel van der Merwe.

Substitutes: 16 Elandre Huggett, 17 Coenie Oosthuizen, 18 Carl Wegner, 19 Hendro Scholtz, 20 Sias Ebersohn, 21 Philip Snyman, 22 Andries Strauss.


  • jed.vonallemann - 2012-09-19 15:49

    Bring Coenie into the Bok squad for that useless twat Greyling and make sure he never wears the Springbok Jersey again.

      lean.sadie - 2012-09-19 17:17


      press.enter.12 - 2012-09-19 17:24

      And keep Flippie for that useless twat kopstamper Etzebet

      lean.sadie - 2012-09-19 17:33

      You lot never amaze me

      macziekpk - 2012-09-19 18:31

      Etzebeth got banned for headbutting. Not amazing, just typical that he is excused along with the 2 WP delinquents. But as soon as a Bull transgresses ohhhhhhhh sh*t banned for life is the call. You lot never amaze us either. You are eternally stupid

      lean.sadie - 2012-09-19 19:28

      W.e makes u happy man. If you want to believe it who is gonna stop you. You are the type that believe man never went to the moon either. Nobody believes any of the stuff you write. Do us all a favor, and be quiet or start being not so brain dead. Thx, goodbye

      Jed - 2012-09-19 19:35

      Etzebeth is an up and coming talent? How many yellow's and red's did Bakkies get? Greyling 1 yellow , 2 easy penalty's (1 costing us a bonus point). And slipped the tackle that led there scrumhalf through for there try, and a dropped ball with no one in front of him but the try line. That in 20 minutes? Why dont the Bull's supporter's go and look at the last 4 games his played and his rating's (rated by oversees journo's on 365).

      blou.johnny - 2012-09-20 00:46

      ...Etzebeth, Sinclair and Holmes are thugs and should be banned from rugby for life...!! ...rubbish...!

  • viva.lebok - 2012-09-19 15:54

    Excellent news. Hopefully also good to go against Aussies and the ABs.

  • marcus.vermaak - 2012-09-19 16:23

    Give the man some game time before you add him to the Boks! So happy he's back! GO FS!

  • Stormkaap - 2012-09-19 16:31

    Should the Cheetahs win @ moftus..then the nulle are in Sh#t

      jacky.sparrow.58958 - 2012-09-19 16:45

      very true

      macziekpk - 2012-09-19 18:32

      Thanks Ashwin

      blou.johnny - 2012-09-20 00:35

      .....WP is in sh*t for the past 11 years...!! cups..!! ....ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ..!!

  • citizenmentz - 2012-09-19 16:54

    Outside centre is the new number 12?? Seriously??

      macziekpk - 2012-09-19 18:33

      Such is the depth of the knowledge of Stormers 24

  • Generaal1 - 2012-09-19 17:49

    Jammer Cheetahs dit gaan van korte duur wees, die Bokke het hom nodig!

      lean.sadie - 2012-09-19 19:58

      Yep, go bokke

  • hengelbrecht - 2012-09-20 12:00

    Hoe sluit jy Dewald in bo CJ?!?!?!?! Pine tyd om te gaan vir n brein scan!

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