Cheetahs to shine in scrums

2012-03-28 11:05

Johannesburg - The Cheetahs will produce a more solid performance in the scrums this week, with a strengthened arsenal up front, according to assistant coach Hawies Fourie.

Head coach Naka Drotske included stalwarts Coenie Oosthuizen and WP Nel, both returning from injury, in the Cheetahs' starting line-up for their Super Rugby match against the Hurricanes in Wellington this weekend.

The tourists almost caused an upset against the Crusaders in Christchurch last week, going down 28-21, but they were ultimately outplayed in the scrums.

"The Crusaders had a point to prove against us and they did," Fourie said.

"We made it difficult for ourselves at the scrums, but with Coenie and WP back it will definitely be another story.

"The players took what happened on the chin and worked hard this week to rectify all that went wrong.

"Our guys had a good week with scrum doctor Os du Randt and are ready for whatever the Hurricanes will throw at us."

The Cheetahs have had mixed success on their overseas tour, losing narrowly to the Brumbies and picking up a win against the Rebels, and Fourie said the pressure was on to end their Australasian outing on a high.

"We know there is a lot of pressure on us to perform well against the Hurricanes," he said.

"We played well against the Crusaders even though we didn't get the victory, so the confidence is there.

"The Hurricanes are a different team and will really challenge us on defence.

"They are especially dangerous from their counter attacks, so we aren't underestimating them at all."

Drotske also included scrumhalf Piet van Zyl in the run-on XV for Saturday's game, with Tewis de Bruyn dropping to the bench.

Winger Rayno Benjamin was included in place of Cameron Jacobs, who dropped out altogether, and replacement centre Philip Snyman was recalled to the bench.




Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Ryno Benjamin, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Willie le Roux, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Justin Downey, 6 Heinrich Brssow, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 George Earle, 3 WP Nel, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Coenie Oosthuizen

Substitutes: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Andries Ferreira, 19 Ashley Johnson, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Philip Snyman


  • Jason - 2012-03-28 11:24

    Hawies looks a little like a deer cought in the headlights in that pic, cant the Okes use nice pics!

      Jason - 2012-03-28 11:24

      Caught even

      Dirk - 2012-03-28 11:46

      He looks like Colonel Stuart from Die Hard 2. This picture tells you, don't mess with us, we mean business.

  • John - 2012-03-28 11:25

    Good luck cheetahs you can win this one.....

  • Lionel - 2012-03-28 11:57

    Goosen just dont kick the ball out Before I get blasted I would have done the same point is better than none at all!!!

      abri.coetzer - 2012-03-29 11:26

      I was livid when Goosen kicked that ball out! The Cheetahs are one of the best attacking teams out of their own 22 in the comp. But........... The Cheetahs were terrible at their own rucks, especially in the second halve. We would have gained a point IF we scored and gained nothing if we failed. But if the Crusaders scored they would have taken our bonus point and we would have given them a 4try bonus point. The odds of that happening were high, since they wanted it bad and our rucks were shocking.

  • Shorcha - 2012-03-28 19:19

    ", with Tewis de Bruyn dropping to the bench." - At Last, He is to negative with his team mates and slow at the breakdowns. Think this is a good move.

  • Dave - 2012-03-28 22:18

    The cheetahs are dirty scum bags that are all pussys after getting bullied last week and cheating by not fielding a scrum. Weak and pathetic. I will enjoy having them kicked out of the tournament next year.

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