Vodacom Super 14

Cheetahs to pile on pressure

2009-04-28 23:00
Kurtley Beale (Gallo)
By Johann de Jager - Volksblad

Bloemfontein – Waratahs flyhalf Kurtley Beale may struggle to come to terms with the demands of playing inside centre.

He can therefore expect the Cheetahs to put pressure on him in Friday’s Super14 game, says Meyer Bosman.

Bosman knows what he is talking about as he played flyhalf earlier in the Cheetahs’ campaign.

“At flyhalf you are expected to play an organisational role. You also kick more, while at centre you have to tackle and clean,” said Bosman.

“I wouldn’t say the one position is more difficult than the other, but you have to adapt a lot when you make a switch.”

Bosman believes the Waratahs have an excellent defensive system, which can help Beale slot in.

“Beale’s channel is maybe one that we can look at attacking, especially because he is new there. He may be a little unsure of himself,” said the vice-captain.

Beale has apparently been picked in the position to give the backline more attacking thrust.

His return is one of three changes to the backline that lost to the Western Force. He replaces Tom Carter, who is struggling with a groin injury and will be a substitute.

Apart from inside centre, the Waratahs have also picked a different right wing and fullback.

Peter Playford replaces Lachlan Turner as right wing. Turner, the team’s top try-scorer, moves to fullback in place of Sam Norton-Knight.

There is only one change among the forwards. Al Baxter is back as tighthead prop..

The Cheetahs will give Corne Uys until Thursday to recover from an infection in his left knee.


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