Naka: Only form counts

2012-01-18 07:56

Cape Town - Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské says form - and not reputations - will count when he picks his team for their first Super Rugby clash of the year.

Drotské on Tuesday named a 35-man squad for their training camp in Jeffrey's Bay next week.

He told the Volksblad newspaper that the door is "wide open" and his players have four warm-up matches to prove themselves.

Even those players who have been released to play for the Shimlas in the Varsity Cup could still make their way into the Super Rugby team.

"The spots for places in our starting team for the first Super Rugby tournament are still wide open.

"There are still four warm-up games left. We will pick a team simply on form and not reputations. The guys would need to show their worth in the warm-up games," said Drotské.

They play warm-up games against the Southern Kings, Lions, Stormers and Bulls.

The Cheetahs start their Super Rugby campaign on February 25 against the Lions in Johannesburg.

Cheetahs squad for their training camp: Coenie Oosthuizen, Marcel van der Merwe, Adriaan Strauss, Ryno Barnes, WP Nel, Trevor Nyakane, Lourens Adriaanse, Francois Uys, Andries Ferreira, Izak van der Westhuizen, George Earl, Heinrich Brüssow, Johan Wessels, Juan Smith, Davon Raubenheimer, Justin Downey, Ashley Johnson, Philip van der Walt, Pieter van Zyl, Marnus Hugo, Johan Goosen, Sias Ebersohn, Rocco Jansen, Riaan Smit, Dusty Noble, Rayno Benjamin, Philip Burger, Andries Strauss, Philip Snyman, Robert Ebersohn, Barry Geel, Matthew Rosslee, Jean Stemmet, Hennie Daniller, Willie le Roux.


  • Werner - 2012-01-18 08:36

  • Marinus Botha - 2012-01-18 08:46

    Canot wait for the Cheetahs vs Bulls clash in BFN!

  • Anton - 2012-01-18 09:27

    Cheetahs squad holds promise, but as always their depth will be tested. Concerning positions are lock and centre, but with Johan Goosen at 10 I can see them improve on the last few seasons (Top 10 finish is possible, if they can defend better). Hopefully they will be able to start better than 2011 and keep their attacking flair.

      peter.britz1 - 2012-01-18 10:49

      Lock position is a bit of an unknown, so I am keen to see earl and Ferreira in action. Centre not much of a concern, as Strauss and Ebersohn are 1st choice with good back up in Snyman, Geel, Rosslee and Stemmet. If we really get hit by injuries, there is still Griessel, and Louw at centre. There is enough depth this year boet. Props from Coenie, Marcel, WP, Nyakane, and Adriaanse, with Butterworth and Janro van Niekerk (signed from Boland as cover) Locks Uys and Earle (4) Ferreira and vd Westhuizen (5) with Waltie Vermeulen, Rynhardt (Ligtoring) Landman, FrikkieSpies and Jaco Nepgen as backup. Not world beaters, but able replacements. Flanks- Brussow, Wessels, Downey, Juan Smith, Phillip vd Walt, Raubenheimer, and Johnson, with back up in Karemaker, Lappies Labuschagne, Burger and Marnus Schoeman. SH - van Zyl, Tewis, Hug, and Jacques Coetzee FH- Sias, and Goose, and if in trouble de Bruyn, Willie le Roux and riaan Smit can play FH. Wings are also a ? - Burger, benjamin, Rocco Jansen, and Noble, with guys like Scheepers, Snyman, and Smit that can play wing. FB - daniller, and Willie le Roux with Vogt, Smit and Scheepers as back up. The Cheetahs are looking healthy bud!

  • philip.spies - 2012-01-18 10:05

    As with any of the "smaller" unions, the depth will never be where we want it. I just hope the Cheetahs are allot luckier with the injuries than last year. If key players remain fit, there is no reason why they can't be competitive. Go Cheetahs!

  • whusselmann - 2012-01-18 17:03

    I have a feeling that this Cheetah team is going to be quite a handfull this year.Do not be surprised if this team becomes the new Super 15 champions.I also have a nasty feeling about my favourite team the Stormers and that is that this might well be their last season in the S15 and that the EP Kings will be their replacement next year.

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