Johnson, Nel out for Cheetahs

2011-08-30 07:31

Cape Town - The Cheetahs have received a double blow with the news that prop WP Nel and eightman Ashley Johnson will be out injured this weekend.

Both will miss the Cheetahs' Currie Cup clash against the Leopards in Potchefstroom on Saturday.

Nel was a late withdrawal from their clash against Griquas on Saturday when he injured his calf muscle. The Cheetahs went on to lose 23-20, after seemingly looking in control at 20-9 up with 10 minutes to go.

Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské told the Volksblad newspaper that Nel went for a scan on Monday and will be out of action for between four and six weeks.

Johnson injured a nerve in his shoulder against Griquas, but is only expected to be out for one week. He should be fit to face the Blue Bulls in Bloemfontein on September 10.

Boom Prinsloo or Philip van der Walt will replace Johnson at eightman.

Nel's injury has also opened the door for prop Coenie Oosthuizen to have a go at tighthead.

Oosthuizen has largely played as a loosehead prop at senior level, but played at tighthead at school.

Cheetahs scrum coach Os du Randt and Drotské decided to move the burly prop to loosehead early in his senior career, with the aim of moving him to tighthead later on - as tighthead is a more specialised position.

This move could strengthen Oosthuizen's Test aspirations, as it will make him a much more versatile player.

"The opportunity to play tighthead is a positive development for Coenie. He also wants to play tighthead later on in his career," said Drotské.

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  • Colin Klinkert - 2011-08-30 09:16

    Connie would be my 2 looseheads after RWC with Beast. He is an awesome player that brings so much to the team, but he didn't go well at TH this weekend. I guess it was a late change and his first hit out there in a long time. I hope he does become a strong TH as we only really have Jannie and I haven't been such a fan of his, so would be awesome if connie becomes a test quality TH in the next couple years!

      mike - 2011-08-30 10:11

      Sorry Connie isn't as good as Guthro, so I believe Div got that one spot on. As for going forward we have Beast, Greyling and Connie as looseheads, they are all world class I believe our issue is at tighthead. I was really dissapointed to see Connie fail at TH because we need a world class tighthead,

  • steam_engine - 2011-08-30 10:19

    where is Trevor Nyakane?

  • evereadydude - 2011-08-30 11:46

    This is probably the worst Cheetah team in 50 years! The Ebersohn twins are overrated and should be dropped! Solly Goosen should be the Flyhalf! Tewis De Bruin would't even make Grey College 2nd team! The locks are non existent! Corne Uys and Philip Snyman is the only backline players worthy of a Currie Cup team! Drotske..........the less said the better!

      Lourens - 2011-08-30 15:51

      lol then why is sias ebersohn the top scorer in south africa at 1st class level(286 points)and the onsly 1 above 250 and its hes 1st year as starter.And why was robert in the top 10 turn overs of the super rugby season?becuase their overated?no u dont know what ure talkinga about and the only thing u said right was tewis te bruyn that sucks

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