- Flyhalf Fred Zeilinga believes his move from the Sharks to the Cheetahs will
allow him to showcase his full potential.
was recognised as an exciting schoolboy talent during his days at Glenwood. He
represented the Sharks at Under-13, Under-16 and Under-18 levels, even playing
for the Under-19s during his matric year.
a professional player, he spent seven seasons at the Sharks, where he had
limited senior opportunities, especially in a competitive pool of No 10s which
included Pat Lambie, Frederic Michalak and Lionel Cronje.
23-year-old was given the chance to move to the Cheetahs after this season’s
Super Rugby campaign, where he has the chance to prove himself at flyhalf
during the Currie Cup.
four starts and one appearance off the bench, Zeilinga has scored one try and
kicked eight conversions and five penalties. His form with ball in hand has
also been impressive, which has seen him adapt to the Cheetahs’ attacking
mindset quite quickly.
is enjoying life at his new union.
really enjoyed my time at the Sharks and I learned a lot from the players over
there, especially Pat Lambie. However, the move to the Cheetahs has given me an
opportunity play my way into the No 10 jersey and play to my strengths,”
Zeilinga told MyPlayers.co.za.
love the attacking rugby the Cheetahs play. I love making the key decisions on
attack and with ball in hand. This is the freedom coach Franco Smith gives me.
He allows me to play what’s in front of me.”
Cheetahs currently sit fifth on the log with two wins from five matches.
However, Zeilinga believes the team can still compete for a playoff place.
should’ve won more games than we have so far. We’re playing good rugby, but
there’s so much room for improvement. We can only get better from here… we need
to get the necessary results and qualify for the playoffs,” said Zeilinga.
forwards are doing a great job up front. They’re setting the platform for the
backs to play, and I find myself in a very exciting backline. Guys like Sergeal
Petersen, Shaun Venter and Francois Venter are all playing good rugby and offer
a lot on attack. Rayno Benjamin is the unsung hero as he’s doing a brilliant
job at inside centre among the youngsters.
face the EP Kings in Port Elizabeth this weekend, and we really need a good
result. We’re expecting a big challenge as all the teams that have gone down to
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium have not picked up easy wins.”
a personal perspective, Zeilinga hopes to do enough to establish himself as the
Cheetahs’ starting flyhalf. He’s also enjoying life in Bloemfontein off the
hope to guide Cheetahs to success in the Currie Cup, and to prove why I should
be in the No 10 jersey, especially looking towards Super Rugby next season,”
is very different to Durban, but I’m enjoying life here. The people are really
friendly and welcoming, which has helped a lot. When I’m not on the rugby
field, where coach Franco has kept us very busy, you’ll find me on the golf
Scott van Breda, 14 Siyanda Grey, 13 JP du Plessis, 12 Tim Whitehead, 11 Luther
Obi, 10 Karlo Aspeling, 9 Enrico Acker, 8 Tim Agaba, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 Paul
Schoeman, 5 Steven Sykes, 4 Stefan Willemse, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Martin Ferreira, 1
16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Schalk Ferreira, 18 Simon Kerrod, 19 Cornell Hess, 20
Jacques Engelbrecht, 21 Dwayne Kelly, 22 Elgar Watts
Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Rayno
Benjamin, 11 Cornal Hendricks, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Niell
Jordaan, 7 Oupa Mohoje (captain), 6 Gerhard Olivier, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Armandt
Koster, 3 Luan de Bruin, 2 Jacques du Toit, 1 BG Uys
16 Elandre Huggett, 17 Teunis Nieuwoudt, 18 Francois Uys, 19 Henco Venter, 20
Freddy Ngoza, 21 Ruan de Bruin, 22 Sias Ebersohn
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