Naka impressed by Adriaanse

    2013-04-24 07:47

    Cape Town - Cheetahs prop Lourens Adriaanse has impressed his coaching staff with his performances in this year's Super Rugby competition.

    According to the Volksblad website, the 25-year-old tighthead has started in all nine of the Cheetahs' games this season after mainly playing from the bench in 2012.

    On the odd occasion he did receive a starting role last year was against the Crusaders - a game in which was completely overshadowed, facing an All Black front row consisting of Ben Franks, Corey Flynn and Owen Franks.

    However, the former Maties captain's prospects are looking much brighter a year later, with coach Naka Drotské and forwards coach Os du Randt chuffed with the progress he’s made.

    With WP Nel seeking greener pastures in Scotland and Coenie Oosthuizen sidelined with a back injury, Adriaanse got his chance in the starting team at the beginning of the season.

    It was expected that he would make way once Ooosthuizen returned to fitness, especially with the Bok prop indicating earlier that he'd like to be considered at tighthead.

    But that hasn't happened, with Drotské explaining just why:

    "He has shown this year that he can scrum at this level. He is a highly underrated player and doesn’t always get the credit he deserves. Our scrums are good this year and his work ethic is good for a tighthead," said Drotské.

    Adriaanse is expected to again be named in the starting team for the Cheetahs' game against the Kings in Bloemfontein this Saturday (19:10 kick-off).

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