Goosen back at pivot for FS

2011-10-19 16:45

Herman Mostert

Cape Town - The Free State Cheetahs have included flyhalf Johan Goosen in their starting line-up for their Currie Cup semi-final clash against the Sharks at Kings Park on Saturday.

Goosen missed their last two games against the Pumas and Griquas after he was concussed in their 25-all draw at home to the Golden Lions on October 1.

The 19-year-old replaces Tewis de Bruyn at No 10. De Bruyn - normally a scrumhalf - played flyhalf last week against Griquas after Sias Ebersohn was ruled out with an ankle injury.

Ebersohn has sufficiently recovered and will do duty on the bench with De Bruyn.

Other changes to the to the backline which started against Griquas last week sees Rayno Benjamin back at wing, replacing the young Nico Scheepers, who moves down to the bench. Benjamin missed the game against Griquas with a hamstring injury.

Coach Naka Drotské also reshuffled his forward pack, with Springbok Ashley Johnson moving from eightman to blindside flank, replacing Philip Van der Walt - who moves to lock.

Boom Prinsloo is back from his training stint with the Springbok Sevens side and will play at at No 8, with Lappies Labuschagne remaining as the openside flanker. Van der Walt replaces Francois Uys at lock. Uys has a rib injury and could not be considered for the trip to Durban.

The game at the Shark Tank kicks off at 14:30.



Free State Cheetahs:
15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Ryno Benjamin, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Cameron Jacobs, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Boom Prinsloo, 7 Ashley Johnson, 6 Lappies Labuschagne, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Philip van der Walt, 3 WP Nel, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Marcel van der Merwe

Substitutes: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 Johan Wessels, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Nico Scheepers


  • Steenbra - 2011-10-20 11:19

    From what I've seen a classy player but like to see him in a few more games. Between him and Jantjies we have some good flyhalves..

  • Justin - 2011-10-20 13:29

    My team for the next world cup: 1. Beast/Guthro 2. Bismark 3. Jannie 4. Bekker 5. Alberts 6. Burger 7. Brussouw 8. Deysel 9. Hougaard 10. Johan Goosen 11. Mvovu 12. Frans Steyn 13. Juan de Jongh 14. JP 15. Pat Lambie

      Taetjo - 2011-10-20 17:14

      Too early to tell man. In Rugby terms 4 years is a very long time! Guthro(35), Beast (30), Bismark (31), Jannie (34), Bekker (32), Alberts (31), Burger (32), Brussouw (29), Deysel (30), Hougaard (27), Goosen (23), Mvovo (29), Steyn (28), de Jong (27), JP (29), Lambie (25)... Average age = 30 years old. Conclusion, you are demented! That team will be too old for a World Cup! You'll need to inject a lot of youth into the team. You'll need to add Coenie Oosthuizen, JC Kritzinger and a few other currently 20 - 22 year olds to bring the average age to nearly 25 - 27. There you will have a very balanced tea in terms of experience and youth. The youth are amazing.

      Justin - 2011-10-20 21:19

      You are too right. apologies, I guess the excitement of a new team and a possibly sensational attacking flyhalf got the better of me.... thanks for bringing me down out of the clouds :)

  • whusselmann - 2011-10-20 22:51

    Goosen is without a doubt already the best flyhalf in the country.Bar injuries he will be up there with Naas and all the other great 10 s of world rugby.Yes he is not yet on Carter s level but he will be very soon.I expect the Sharks to win because they are going to dominate up front.If Cheetahs win it will be due to a certain Goosen.Cheetahs ,we know you need money,so please sell Goosen to WP so that we can properly manage him and then you could buy a few top players and you still will have Sias there

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