Coenie to focus on tighthead

2012-10-12 08:08

Cape Town - Versatile Free State Cheetahs and Springbok prop Coenie Oosthuizen says he will in future only play at tighthead for his province.

Oosthuizen can pack down at both sides of the scrum but according to the Volksblad website, he endures less pain in his neck at tighthead.

A 23-year-old says he won't take any chances in future, despite a recent scan clearing him to play. "From now on I'll only play tighthead for the Cheetahs... it's better for my neck," he said.

Oosthuizen says he'll only consider playing loosehead should the Springboks require him to do so. He started his career as a tighthead, but the Cheetahs started using his as a loosehead from 2009.

On Saturday he comes up against the promising youngster Steven Kitshoff from Western Province - a challenge he relishes. "It's only my third game in four months. I'm really hungry to start a match and just play. But I'll probably struggle for a full 80 minutes... so we'll have to see."

The Cheetahs need a win at Newlands to have any chance of making the semi-finals, but perhaps more important is the fact that a loss may leave them in danger of losing their top flight status.

Should they go down on Saturday the chances are good that they will end up at the bottom of the log, which would mean a promotion-relegation battle against the EP Kings.

The clash against WP kicks off at 17:05 on Saturday.


Western Province:

15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Don Armand, 6 Deon Fourie, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Brok Harris, 18 De Kock Steenkamp, 19 Jebb Sinclair, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Marcel Brache, 22 Gio Aplon

Free State Cheetahs:

15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Nico Scheepers, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Francois Uys, 6 Hendro Scholtz, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Marcel van der Merwe

Substitutes: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 Ross Geldenhuys, 18 Waltie Vermeulen, 19 Davon Raubenheimer, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Philip Snyman, 22 Rayno Benjamin


  • jimmy.moustache.12 - 2012-10-12 08:18

    I don't think he injured his back playing rugby. I believe he's somewhat of a thug. I have heard those motorhomes can be a bitch to steer. Especially around tight corners during a police chase or moonshine run.

      haasbek.visser - 2012-10-12 08:45

      Blou.jhny- Ja jy is reg, hulle speel vir SA se FLAGSHIP span, GO WEERPROBEER!!!!!!!!

      apart1heid - 2012-10-12 08:55

      VRYYYYYYYYYYYY STAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      haasbek.visser - 2012-10-12 09:23


      gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-12 10:02

      He actually injured his neck you genius, hence the concern in the scrum. Yesterday you were defending the freestate guys, now you knocking them. You f**ked Jim Beam??

      jimmy.moustache.12 - 2012-10-12 10:30

      Hello Gerry. How you my buddy? I send you the picture of me and Obama you asked for yesterday to your FB page. I sensed in your comment when you called me a genius you were being sarcastic? Why is this, you told me I am mind provoking and I show signs of having a good education. Why would you throw away everything we build in last 24 hours? Did I mean nothing? I recently found out I am gay because I have a moustache and I was hoping we can meet personally. I'm not saying you are guy, but because of your friends on FB I am under the impression that are open to all kinds of possibilities. I am just glad that stirrer outed me when he did. The missis and I have three children and were planning to start with the fourth. Now I can put a halt to that immediately. Its in any case a blessing in disguise, according to statistics every fourth child born in the world is Chinese, and frankly we would have struggled with the vast cultural gap.

      gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-12 10:41

      Your long winded speeches are so yesterday Jimmy Carter!!

      jimmy.moustache.12 - 2012-10-12 10:55

      Opinions are like nipples, everybody has one. Some have firm points, others are barely discernible through layers, and some are displayed at every opportunity regardless of whether the audience has stated "I am interested in your nipples" or not. Cats have nineteen. As people can only provide unbiased opinions about things they have no interest in, your zealous fervour regarding my comments is understood but misdirected.

      heinrich.terblanche.7 - 2012-10-12 11:33

      @ apartheid. Cheetahs will need the support after stabbing the Lions in the back because it seems that they will play in the promotion / relegation match against either the Kings or Pumas. Cheetahs might play Super rugby and 1Div Currie Cup next year.

      haasbek.visser - 2012-10-12 12:40

      Isak, ek het gese ek gaan jou report!!! Gee trug my profile!!!

  • spear.tackle.7 - 2012-10-12 08:18

    The Ginja-Ninja will kill you mister Coenie (I hope so)..

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-12 08:39

      Hy gaan daai rooikop stiefkind van julle se kop by sy gat uit scrum.

      haasbek.visser - 2012-10-12 08:46

      Spyker, hy is nie n stiefkind nie, hy is n optelkind, daar is n m@erse verskil!!!

      TravieGrif - 2012-10-12 08:48

      I am not sure if Kitshoff is that good, but I am also not convinced that Coenie is that good at tighthead. He was heading a little backwards against the AB's when he took over from Jannie. He is a great loosehead so it is a pity that he has this lingering injury.

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-12 08:51

      Sorry Isak, ek wou nie te lelik wees teenoor die laaitie nie.

      macziekpk - 2012-10-12 08:55

      Are you referring to that soft poef Kitshoff? Laughable

      haasbek.visser - 2012-10-12 08:56

      Optel laaitjie!!! Trots op die grootseun!!!

      spear.tackle.7 - 2012-10-12 09:30

      Lol attack as one, leave no one behand bulsh*t mentality gaan hier aan ??? Optel kind stief kind lOL le julle in die nag wakker om die kek uit te dink ??? Waar is japjap met sy platberg jokes vanoggend ?

      haasbek.visser - 2012-10-12 09:39

      Spear its vary unkaind of you to speek to a fellow WEEPEE fan like this!!!

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-12 10:16

      Coenie's going to beat him like a red head step child

  • heinrich.terblanche.7 - 2012-10-12 08:27

    I cannot see where tighthead will be beter for his neck because the tighthead takes a lot more pressure than loosehead. He must reconsider after the All Black test because he looked out of dept against them.

      haasbek.visser - 2012-10-12 09:24

      his bestest pousition is levft hoocker!!!

      arnold.coetzee - 2012-10-12 10:34

      I had a neck injury and after surgery start playing tighthead prop -no stress on neck -scrum with both shoulders

      heinrich.terblanche.7 - 2012-10-12 11:29

      Hi Arnold. You might just have been lucky but tight head is the most difficult position in the front row. That's why we only have 1 at the moment that's international standard ( Jannie du Plessis ) . See what happens when he leaves the field . The new coaching staff tried everything at present at the Boks. We will see tomorrow when takes on the Province side.

      arnold.coetzee - 2012-10-12 12:03

      heinrich -My personal experience is that not enouth propper couching is done at tighthead -its basicly the same as hooker with your right arm-witch is normaly the stronger arm loose to bind,its all in the shoulders and strong back and I think Coenie is a strong bloke may just need to change his technic on impact-lets wait till after the game on Saturday

  • amused.reader.7 - 2012-10-12 08:34

    Irrelevant of his 'sore neck' he is way more suited to tighthead than loose in any event. Now just must sort out his ridiculous penalty count. Boks gave away 4 penalties in 80 mins. Oosthuizen was on the field for only 25 mins, yet gave away 3 of those 4, the other 14 players managed 1 in 80 mins between them !!

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-12 08:52

      Amused Reader? What a weird name.

      arnold.coetzee - 2012-10-12 10:36

      and they cruisify Dean Greyling for 2 penalties

      apart1heid - 2012-10-12 11:01

      @arnold- wanneer et-se-bettie di ausie spelers kopstamp, huil di sitbokke onder di platberg- vanwaar di erns & weepee24 skryf dis diskriminasie, rassisties en polities onkorrek...?? wanneer Greyling sy hart uitspeel en di vuilste, agterbakste speler op dese rugby planeet bietjie boellie, huil di sitbokke onder di platberg vanwaar di aggresiewe geweld & weepee24 skryf skors hom lewens lank, ja verban hom uit rugby?? nou hoekom vra ek jou, moet 'n rugby liefhebber, soos ek & jy, di poefters verdra??

  • haasbek.visser - 2012-10-12 09:10

    My FINAL predictions!!!! en my FIANL coomments!!!! Wp vs FS WP 110 FS 3 Die Kwas vs Haaie Kwas 82 Haaie 3 Bulle vs Lions Lions 112 Bulle 0 Dis my predictions en KLAAR!!!!!!!!!

      macziekpk - 2012-10-12 09:18


      haasbek.visser - 2012-10-12 09:25

      Ek het gelieg, ek comment alweer, dankie mac!!

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