Rugby

Pietersen at pivot for Cheetahs

2015-01-09 12:48
Joe Pietersen (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Joe Pietersen is likely to wear the No 10 jersey for the Cheetahs in this year's Super Rugby competition.

With Johan Goosen having left to play for Racing Metro in France, the Cheetahs are looking for a new No 1 pivot and Pietersen is seen as a candidate.

The former Stormers star joined the Cheetahs from French club Biarritz late last year.

He can play fullback, wing and flyhalf, but it is believed that he was lured to Bloemfontein with the aim of filling the void left by Goosen.

Pietersen will duel for the No 10 jersey with Francois Brummer, Willie du Plessis and Elgar Watts.

Watts, who was Goosen's understudy in 2013, is struggling with a knee injury and won't be fit in time for the start of the Super Rugby competition.

Backline coach Hawies Fourie confirmed that Pietersen had been training at flyhalf in pre-season, with Willie le Roux, Coenie van Wyk and Clayton Blommetjies being considered at fullback.

"He (Pietersen) is good on attack and also has a lot of vision. He's also an experienced player that knows how to handle pressure and can put guys in gaps. I believe he has enough skills to make it (his move to flyhalf) work," Fourie told Netwerk24.

With Watts on the injured list, Pietersen, Brummer and Du Plessis will each get a chance to stake their claim for a starting spot during their team's practice matches against the Bulls, Stormers and Griffons.

The Cheetahs start their Super Rugby campaign with an away game against the Sharks in Durban on February 14.

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