Coenie: Scrumming comes first

2011-05-05 07:44

Jóhann Thormählen

Bloemfontein - He may be playing superbly with his brute strength and goose-steps in the Super Rugby tournament, but Cheetahs prop sensation Coenie Oosthuizen is still not satisfied with his form.

The promising young Oosthuizen is well aware of his shortcomings and determined to improve very week. The Lions may well feel the brunt of that on Friday.

The young Springbok prop showed with his excellent performance against the Brumbies at the weekend that he has reached maturity at senior level earlier than most props.

While the 22-year-old is viewed mostly as a future prospect, Springbok coach Peter de Villiers will probably make a mistake if he does not take him to the Rugby World Cup.

Apart from Oosthuizen's individual form, the Lions will be up against the Cheetahs' strongest front row this year. Springbok hooker Adriaan Strauss makes a difference in the visitors' front row and prop WP Nel is also playing good rugby.

Oosthuizen says he's striving for a faultless performance and that is why he can still improve.

"I'm not 100% satisfied with my form. There are definitely still things I need to work on. But I'm not focusing too much on my own game and am more concerned about what we achieve as a team. Fortunately we got a good result against the Brumbies and we want to take that confidence into the game against the Lions," he said.

While he's known for his bullocking runs and uncompromising play, the Bok prop views scrumming as his first priority.

"I always want my scrumming 100% right. I conceded too many penalties at the beginning of the competition. I was eager not too concede any penalties against the Brumbies, but unfortunately gave one away," he said.

He believes that the stricter refereeing of the scrums have led to looseheads being penalised more.

"That is why it's the loosehead's job these days to ensure that penalties aren't conceded at the scrums."

The former Grey College pupil believes the Cheetahs scrum has improved, but that they cannot relax.

"We started off poorly. There is not one weekend where you are able to relax. The Lions scrum well. I have respect for them and we will have to be at our best."

Oosthuizen is delighted about the return of Strauss, who had been out for a while with a hand injury. Strauss returned to the starting line-up against the Brumbies.

"Adriaan and I have a good understanding," said Oosthuizen.

"He's one of the best hookers as far as scrumming is concerned."



15 Michael Killian, 14 Lionel Mapoe, 13 Dylan des Fontain, 12 Doppies La Grange (captain), 11 Deon van Rensburg, 10 Burton Francis, 9 Rory Kockott, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Joshua Strauss, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar, 5 David de Villiers, 4 Wikus van Heerden, 3 Kevin Buys, 2 Edgar Marutlulle, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg

Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Patric Cilliers, 18 Franco Van der Merwe, 19 Michael Rhodes, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Elton Jantjies, 22 Jaco Taute


15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Rayno Benjamin, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Corne Uys, 11 Phillip Burger, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Sarel Pretorius; 8 Davon Raubenheimer, 7 Ashley Johnson, 6 Heinrich Brussow, 5 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 4 Francois Uys, 3 WP Nel, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Coenie Oosthuizen

Substitutes: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Lourens Adriaanse, 18 Walti Vermeulen, 19 Kabamba Floors, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Naas Olivier, 22 Hennie Daniller


  • GHT - 2011-05-05 07:59

    "While the 22-year-old is viewed mostly as a future prospect, Springbok coach Peter de Villiers will probably make a mistake if he does not take him to the Rugby World Cup." Seriously???

      Roasty - 2011-05-05 08:36

      You guys just does not have anything good to say?????

      GHT - 2011-05-05 09:12

      I have lots to say. But that one word sums it up. So if you really want me to waste time by explaining the obvious, here I go. If Mr Thormählen stopped that sentence at future prospect, I would have agreed. But by saying PDiv will make a mistake if he does not take him to the RWC. Thats a bit much wouldn't you agree? Coenie is a playing good, but is a penalty machine (Coenie: 24 penalties from 10 games, Beast: 9 Penalties from 10 games, Blaauw: 7 Penalties from 7 games, Guthro: 4 Penalties from 4 games) Beast/Guthro must surely be 1st choice. And then we take someone that can at least scrum both sides like CJ (even though he is really struggling at the moment). So there. How about you contribute a bit more than just your gem of a confusing sentence.

      Scaramouche - 2011-05-05 09:22

      Coenie is a future Springbok and I think any prediction about who will go to the WC should be with caution as the risk of injury to any player is unfortuantely high in the Super15. Coenie has improved on his scrum technique and has given away less penalities, but some more work is needed - luckily Os is there to guide him. As for the rest of his play, I believe he is on par with Beast. Will Gurthro recover in time for the WC? If so, he and Beast will go to NZ. CJ can scrum both sides, but he also has the habit of giving away a lot of scrum penalities through losing his bind. And like you said GHT, he is not showing form at the Stormers.

      mozzer - 2011-05-05 15:44

      If you want someone who struggles both sides of the scrum why not play Smit?

  • Lloyd - 2011-05-05 08:06

    Hy lyk meer of pies eerste kom. Ek het hom gesien toe hy n eregas was by King Pie se grand opening in Welkom.

      Roasty - 2011-05-05 08:37

      Jyt darem net niks goed om te se nie!!!!!

      swimfan - 2011-05-05 08:40

      Hou op kak praat loyd, wat is fout met jou? Jy het nooit iets goeds te se oor ander nie!! wat het jy al bereik? Seker 'n egskeiding en 'n drankprobleem. Gee die outjie wat hom toe kom, hys 'n yster!!! En waar kom jy aan hierdie pie kak? Hys in 'n beter kondisie as al die ander stutte in die kompitisie en speel gr8. So hou op met jou stront!!!

      Outpost - 2011-05-05 08:58

      Lloyd kry net sy daaglikse aandag op 'n sport website. Niks aandag by die huis nie. Shame.

      Efpee - 2011-05-05 08:58

      Lloyd jy lwer kommentaar op al wat n rugby topic is, maar jy het nog nie een keer iets gese wat werklik rugby sin maak nie. Raak jy nie moeg van jouself nie?

      Lloyd - 2011-05-05 09:02

      Die Stormers suck. Maak dit nou sin Efpee? (Efpee? Wtf?)

      Scaramouche - 2011-05-05 09:23

      Miskien moet jy minder tyd by Kind Pie spandeer!

  • Peter Britz - 2011-05-05 08:55

    Nou Lloyd, wees 'n man, en gaan sê dit vir hom! Hmmmm het gedink dis makliker om vanaf die veiligheid van die rekenaar beldigings te maak, Watter sport soort het jy al in uitgeblink? Is skateboarding 'n sport?

      Lloyd - 2011-05-05 09:03

      Skateboarding is n sport, maar ek het nog nooit daarin uitgeblink nie. Het actually n ysterplaat in my kop as gevolg daarvan.

      Hannes van der Linde - 2011-05-05 09:06

      Ja skateboarding is 'n sport. Lloyd sal dit nie in sy gesig vir hom se nie. En m eerlik te wees dink ek nie daar is baie mense wat sal nie.

      Lloyd - 2011-05-05 09:28

      Peter ek het op skool vir hom gesê.........toe vat hy my lunch.

      ZOLLAZAP - 2011-05-05 10:21

      Hey Pieter DRAADTREK is n Sport want ek sien jy het ere kleure daarin gekry op Spoeg en plak hoer volgens jou Fb

  • Jan - 2011-05-05 16:17

    Kan sien hoekom Lloyd met 'n ysterplaat in sy kop rondloop. As ek jou raad kan gee Lloyd, bly eerder stil dat mense dink jy is onnosel as om jou bek te rek en hulle dit te bewys.

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