Brüssow benched by Cheetahs

2013-03-06 10:02

Cape Town - After an almost four month absence due to a shoulder injury, Springbok flank Heinrich Brussow returns for the Cheetahs in their Super Rugby match against the Highlanders in Invercargill on Saturday.

Brussow is the only change to the Cheetahs side for their second match on tour and he will want to make his comeback count.

The absence of a recognised fetcher was evident in the Bloemfontein-based franchise's defeat to the Chiefs in Hamilton last week.

The Cheetahs gave away possession 13 times at the break-down area alone, so Brussow's availability will be a huge relief for coach Naka Drotske.

The open-side flank will make his return in the second half after being named on the bench to replace Boom Prinsloo.

"Heinrich will definitely feature against the Highlanders," Drotske said.

"Our effectiveness at the break-down area is of great concern and he will help us greatly in that regard. It is good to have him back."

Another area of concern was the Cheetahs' lack of defensive structure in the second half against the Chiefs.

The visitors were still in the game at the half-time break, but a lack of cohesion on defence led to a feast of tries for the defending Vodacom Super Rugby champions.

"It is another one of our structures that we've paid attention to this week," Drotske said.





15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Willie le Roux, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Pieter Labuschagne, 6 Frans Viljoen, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lodewyk de Jager, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Trevor Nyakane

Substitutes: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Coenie Oosthuizen, 18 Rynhard Landman, 19 Heinrich Brüssow, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Riaan Smith, 22 Ryno Benjamin


  • Lukas Malherbe - 2013-03-06 10:06

    what a blessed country to witness the expertise of brussouw, potgieter (x2), marcell coetzee, alberts, schallas, deysel, keegan, kolisi and from afar the great Flouw all battle it out for just 2 spots in green & gold! who to pick who to pick???

      Paul Sdoow - 2013-03-06 10:44

      sad thing that only two spots yes and you can add a whole load more to those names. the younger players from all the franchises have stepped up last season esp with knowledge of burger Brussouw and even j smit now retired were injured

      Riaan Crouse - 2013-03-06 11:34

      Spies? Jy seke nie erenstig nie engelbrecht van di kings is myle beter

      nyiko.ralapelle - 2013-03-06 12:42

      schalk burger to follow juan smith into retirement. brussouw to follow next year

      nyiko.ralapelle - 2013-03-06 12:45

      i cant believe people still talk about schalk burger as if he is a force to be reckoned with. he is over the hill, past it. he is crocked4life. please its the same nauseating feeling i get when i hear someone asking about black players and development in the kings team. give it a rest. schalk hasnt played any real rugby since being manshamed in that super 14 final against the bulls.

      Paul Sdoow - 2013-03-06 13:22

      has spies ever played real rugby?

      Paul Sdoow - 2013-03-06 13:24

      and touch rugby don't count !

      Lukas Malherbe - 2013-03-06 13:55

      Pierre Spies is a fashion model/music star, not a rugby player. Can you IMAGINE JAN ELLIS doing these fairy photo shoots PSpies-prima donna is busy with??

  • Jimmy Moustache - 2013-03-06 11:03

    hierdie klop vrystaters drink natuurlik weer soos kinders op hul matriek vakansie op die toer.

      Brian Du Reuck - 2013-03-06 11:34

      jy weet wat hulle se van drank en p ....

  • Hanjo Overes - 2013-03-06 12:24

    Hier kom weer n moerse pak vir die Vrystaat manne. Die highlanders het groot geld in die af seisoen spandeer op Nonu, Brad Thorn en Tony Woodcock wie die nodige experience by n reeds opwindende squad sal add.

  • Dean Roberts - 2013-03-06 15:50

    Nyiko but there is transformation in the Kings side...arent the watsons "special" black people?? hahaha...Good on u bud...hate the transformation/quota thing makes me yaaawn a little....Spies is like Alberts..except without the strength, stamina, aggression and rugby skill....ok he is nothing like Alberts...

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