Ollie backs Cheetahs in scrums

2012-05-12 08:10

Cape Town - Former Springbok prop Ollie le Roux believes the Cheetahs will dominate the Stormers at scrum time in their Super Rugby clash at Newlands on Saturday evening.

Le Roux told Volksblad the Cheetahs should have the upper hand with Deon Fourie and Brok Harris starting in the Stormers front row.

He feels loosehead prop Coenie Oosthuizen and hooker Adriaan Strauss could be too much for the Stormers to handle.

While acknowledging that the game may not be won or lost in that department he nevertheless feels it's an area the Cheetahs should target.

"I'll play Frans Malherbe ahead of Brok Harris. I don't rate Harris highly.

"It's an opportunity for Coenie to show what everyone knows he's capable of," said Le Roux.

He did state though that he believes Ootshuizen's future as a Springbok lies at tighthead, but for Saturday's game Harris shouldn't pose him any problems.

Le Roux feels shorter hookers have a disadvantage at scrum time, which should give Strauss the edge over the shorter Fourie. Strauss is 1.85m compared to Fourie's 1,77m.

"He should beat Deon in the scrum battle.

"The Cheetahs should have the upper hand in the scrums but we know the match isn't won there.

"Lineouts and other things also matter," said Le Roux.

The clash at Newlands kicks off at 19:10 on Saturday.

The Stormers currently lie fourth on the overall log with 41 points after nine games, with the Cheetahs in 10th spot on 26 points.


15. Joe Pietersen, 14. Gio Aplon, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Jean De Villiers (captain), 11. Bryan Habana, 10. Peter Grant, 9. Dewaldt Duvenage, 8. Nizaam Carr, 7. Rynhardt Elstadt, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Andries Bekker, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 3. Brok Harris, 2. Deon Fourie, 1. Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16. Tiaan Liebenberg, 17. Frans Malherbe, 18. De Kock Steenkamp, 19. Jebb Sinclair, 20. Louis Schreuder, 21. Burton Francis, 22. Gerhard van den Heever

15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Cameron Jacobs, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Willie le Roux, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Justin Downey, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 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 Riaan Smit, 22 Philip Snyman


  • tyrone.jacoby - 2012-05-12 08:22

    Ollie shooting his mouth off again, best way to fire up the Stormer front row

  • Jonathan Rose - 2012-05-12 08:27

    Wie is tollie?

      Benn - 2012-05-12 09:04

      Omtrent 60 toetse- ek dink hy kwalifiseer om kommentaar te lewer oor voorryspel. En jy?

  • Ken - 2012-05-12 08:31

    Go Cheetahs Go

  • RetiefC - 2012-05-12 09:33

    Go Cheetahs!!! Lift your game with 10% and you win!

  • Jarryd Wesley Wiggill - 2012-05-12 10:07

    I never rated you Ollie. You are an over-rated- over opinionated fool, who thinks you are the best ever to have played the game and that you are the be all and end all of SA Rugby. You sucked as a player and you suck now. Just shut up already

  • Bossie - 2012-05-12 11:14

    As Stormer is ek actualy geneig om met die worsman saam te stem.. En ek hou van die idee van Coenie(as hy kan) op vasskop. Ons het n tekort aan ordentlike vasskoppe en Coenie sal anyway in my bokspan feature!

      Stormflat - 2012-05-12 12:28

      Issue is Stormers scrum is the best in SA presently form being quite crap for a few seasons now and Brok has improved.. It will be a good battle and Coenie has a tendency to give away penalties at scrumtime

      Bossie - 2012-05-12 17:06

      Ja Coenie staan miskien baie penalties af, maar sy work rate is ook 300% meer as enige ander voorry in die land. En eks jammer,maar Brok(improved or not) is still pretty useless!!

  • Ben - 2012-05-12 11:43

    Don't know why Ollie thinks anyone cares about his opinion.

      Reon - 2012-05-12 14:22

      Me thinks \olie\ is connected , he must be the most quoted rugby player on News 24.

  • FeF - 2012-05-12 12:50

    Luckily Coenie likes giving away penalties just as much as Ollie likes Spurburgers and the sound of his own voice.This guy has been despised by his fellow players wherever he has played and his opinion carries less weight than a Ohlson twin....but still he wont shut up!

  • Nico - 2012-05-12 19:58

    Ollie knows zero about rugby only about Spurburgers. Coenie is killed by Brok and can't even bind in the scrums!! Ollie who?????

  • Pomene - 2012-05-13 11:13

    Ollie(McDonalds) Le Roux - You were spot on about Harris - he is useless and clueless however on the rest of the statement ...........sorry pel you were wrong. I think Malherbe did well and kept Coenie at bay when he came up. Fourie did excellent and gave the other SA midget (brussow) a run for his money !!

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