Cheetahs to target Bosman

2011-06-02 22:06

Jóhann Thormählen

Bloemfontein - He was highly-rated here as a backline schemer and played well in his first meeting against the Cheetahs, but Meyer Bosman's defence will be thoroughly tested by his former team-mates on Saturday.

The Sharks centre returns to the Free State Stadium in Sharks colours and must not expect a hero's welcome from Corné Uys and Robert Ebersohn.

Uys and Ebersohn often played with Bosman in the Cheetahs midfield before he moved to Durban.

Bosman has not played his best rugby in a Sharks jersey and it's his defence that has been a shortcoming. The Cheetahs will look to exploit it.

While the Sharks won the first meeting between the sides 24-9 in the Shark Tank, they will this time be up against a different Cheetahs side with an added cutting edge to their attack.

Ebersohn and Co dominated the Bulls' centre pairing of Wynand Olivier and Jaco Pretorius last week.

So much so that Ebersohn was named man of the match in spite of the Cheetahs' 21-32 defeat at Loftus Versfeld. His work-rate is very high and he also gives opponents headaches with his footwork.

Bosman's weakness on defence was shown up by the Crusaders' Sonny Bill Williams and the Stormers' Jean de Villiers.

Cheetahs backline coach Hawies Fourie said that the home side had a high regard for Bosman, but also believes he's not currently on song.

"Meyer's distribution is definitely a strength. He is probably the inside centre with the best pass in the country. He played well at the start of the tournament, but has not adapted as well at the Sharks as I thought he would. He has been struggling a little with his form of late," said Fourie.

He believes that Bosman and flyhalf Patrick Lambie are central in the Sharks' attacking plan and that is why the Cheetahs need to disrupt them.

While Bosman's distribution is his strength, opponents have often managed to read some of his passes and intercepted them.

However, Fourie added that the Cheetahs would not necessarily look for the intercept.

"I don't think one should place too much emphasis on it. Our defensive system does not work in such a way that you could go for intercept tries. Bryan Habana read Meyer well when he (Bosman) played for us, but you also make yourself vulnerable on defence when you shoot up for the intercept."


15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Riaan Viljoen, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Corne Uys, 11 Philip Snyman, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Davon Raubenheimer, 7 Ashley Johnson, 6 Johan Wessels, 5 Martin Muller, 4 Francois Uys, 3 WP Nel, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Coenie Oosthuizen

Substitutes: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Lourens Adriaanse, 18 Izak van der Westhuizen, 19 Pieter Myburgh, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Naas Olivier, 22 Riaan Smit

15. Louis Ludik, 14. JP Pietersen, 13. Stefan Terblanche, 12. Meyer Bosman, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Patrick Lambie, 9. Charl McLeod, 8. Ryan Kankowski, 7. Willem Alberts, 6. Keegan Daniel, 5. Gerhard Mostert, 4. Steven Sykes, 3. Eugene van Staden, 2. Bismarck du Plessis, 1. John Smit (captain)

Substitutes: 16. Tendai Mtawarira, 17. Wiehahn Herbst, 18. Alistair Hargreaves, 19. Jacques Botes, 20. Frederic Michalak, 21. Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 22. Adrian Jacobs


  • Lloyd - 2011-06-02 22:14

    Go Meyer!!! Go Sonny Bill!!!

  • StBad - 2011-06-02 23:05

    Hopefully the occasion is enough for him to pick up his game and silence the critics... it's pretty much his home stadium so he should be pretty familiar with his surroundings.

  • mfundo - 2011-06-03 00:40

    i would have dropped him a long tym ago

      GraemeBB - 2011-06-03 10:48

      I wouldnt have bought him in the first place!

      LooneyTune - 2011-06-03 16:26

      I agree!! he was never a good enough player for the Cheetahs at flyhalf then the sharks put him into a crucial defensive position and he has been proven wanting... Sharks need to let him go if they want a hope at the final

  • isak.dippenaar - 2011-06-03 07:28

    meyer not at song now. he never was. on defence he is weak. he played one very big final against the bulls some years ago and White picked him as a reward and that was all. he leaks tries and belong in a league lower. there he always performance.

  • The Dutchman - 2011-06-03 09:01

    Gonna be a great game!! Go Cheetahs!!!!

  • JVR - 2011-06-03 09:40

    Come Sharks Admin: Buy the Ebersohn brothers NOW before somebody else will do just that. They are classy.

  • The_Fox - 2011-06-03 10:09

    White, at the time, compared him to Honniball.. what an INSULT to poor Henry!

  • Scaramouche - 2011-06-03 10:28

    Let the mind games begin!

  • Aldrich - 2011-06-03 12:12

    Sharks should be looking to buy some decent young centres - No diss to Adi J and Stefan..or maybe JL Potgieter at 10 and Pat Lambie at 12?

      Pipes - 2011-06-03 12:46

      Can't agree more. Our achilles heel is Nrs 12 and 13. Bosman was a purchase that just did not make sense - effectively swopping him with Andries Strauss. As a desperate move in order to try and reach the semis, Plum should consider moving a brilliant Lambie into centre (which will be sad but necessary) and move Freddie to Nr 10. At least there is a chance for our bakline to appear less stagnant...

  • pete.rudder - 2011-06-03 14:55

    Bosman was past it before he got to KZN - what were the powers that be thinking of? It will take something special from the Sharks and I don't think they have it.

  • JC - 2011-06-03 15:42

    I don't like to go against the Cheetahs (my second team), but I would prefer the Sharks to win the game. The Sharks still have a good chance of reaching the play-offs. The more SA teams we have in Top 6 the better it is for our rugby. Having said that, I think the Cheetahs might just win this game. They're playing great rugby and if the Sharks want to win this game they'll have to play better rugby than they have played the last few weeks. It's going to be great game to watch. Good luck to both teams.

      ChumScrubber - 2011-06-03 16:14

      Tough match for the Sharks, they are going to have to give everything to beat this Cheetahs team at home. The Cheetahs are up to them in every department, got the edge on them in the backline. Hope the Sharks win, it will be a better result for SA rugby - maybe have 3 teams in the playoffs. Go Sharks!

  • Spartan - 2011-06-04 09:47

    Watching Bosman play rugby is like watching porn on SABC. Very painful.

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