Oosthuizen back for Cheetahs

2012-03-06 12:47

Bloemfontein - Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske has included stalwart Coenie Oosthuizen in his starting team for their Super Rugby clash against the Brumbies on Saturday.

The Cheetahs left for Australasia in the wake of a hammering by the Bulls in Bloemfontein, where the home side was demolished by a far stronger pack.

The Cheetahs' forwards failed to make any real impact against the men from Pretoria, and Oosthuizen's inclusion was in the hope of trying to lift the pack to new heights as he did in last season's Currie Cup campaign.

The youngster played a vital role in the rucks and mauls and, no doubt, would be used by the coach in a mauling tactic against the Brumbies.

Trevor Nyakane, who struggled in the scrums against the Bulls, has been demoted to the bench.

Griquas lock George Earl gets his first Super Rugby start for the Cheetahs, with Andries Ferreira unable to make the trip abroad because of his studies.

Drotske also promoted Ashley Johnson ahead of flank Davon Raubenheimer, who could make more impact from the bench.

Raubenheimer did not impress in the second round, while Johnson's appearance was too little too late.

The latter's physical presence, however, will give the Cheetahs some needed edge around the breakdowns and his sniping runs could give a playmaker like flyhalf Johan Goosen good quality ball.

Drotske also included Shimlas' wing Cameron Jacobs in place of Rocco Jansen, while Rayno Benjamin is included on the bench. Should he play, it would be Benjamin's first taste of Super Rugby this year.





15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Cameron Jacobs, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Philip Snyman, 11 Willie le Roux, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Tewis de Bruyn, 8 Ashley Johnson, 7 Philip van der Walt, 6 Heinrich Brussow, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 George Earl, 3 WP Nel, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Coenie Oosthuizen

Substitutes: 16 Trevor Nyakane, 17 Hercu Liebenberg, 18 Davon Raubenheimer, 19 Justin Downey, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Rayno Benjamin


  • Blou-Daan - 2012-03-06 12:53

    Ek hoop regtig die Cheetahs kan vergeet wat die Bulle met hulle gemaak het en n goeie wen of twee inkry oorsee. Sterkte Cheetahs.....!!!!

      hannes.handogg - 2012-03-06 13:07

      Well said Blou Daan! Good luck Cheetahs!

      Lionel - 2012-03-06 13:12

      Hahahahaaha Daan,jy het daai gaping gesien en moes daai wen n bietjie invryf:):):) Eks 100% agter die Cheetahs,soos hulle se "the Brumbies are ripe for the picking"

      Nick - 2012-03-06 13:20

      Mooi so Blou-Daan! :) Don't worry - the Cheetahs will not be that poor again! Missing Coenie and Juan Smith - big time! Bulls were awesome on Sat - haven't seen such physical dominance like that in a long time.. Respect. Hopefully - the Cheetahs can put the game down to experience, learn from it - select the right players - and turn the season around... Still a long way to go! :)

  • Christie - 2012-03-06 13:10

    Just keep Coenie out of the pubs and please, do not feed the beast brandy!! - 2012-03-06 13:54

      There is only one Beast. I think Thug is a better word to describe Coenie.

  • - 2012-03-06 13:52

    The Brumbies are toast, Coenie will "p**s them to death". :) I'm loving the disciplinary code of the Cheetahs. Cause a bar fight and you get to walk straight back into a starting spot.

      peter.britz1 - 2012-03-06 14:25

      You are such a model citizen yourself! I am impressed. Maybe you should be so brave as to call him that to his face! Suppose you know exactly what happened in the incident to. people that like to comment, and take joy out of others errors, really gets my goat!

      Paul - 2012-03-06 15:04

      Hey guys, don't take offence so easily! Relax. Pinch of salt. Laugh it off. - 2012-03-06 15:29

      @Peter It's called Schadenfreude BTW. :) The problem is not saying it to his face, it is comments like "say it to his face" that almsot makes his actions acceptable. Another problem is the union doing nothing about his behaviour, yet we are all quick to complain about the drunken Aussies and Kiwis when they get into bar fights and the like. With you being a Cheetah supporter I do not expect objectivity so don't fret.

  • marcus.daily3 - 2012-03-06 13:54

    With Coenie back, I'm expecting a massive brawl.

  • steven.chiaberta - 2012-03-06 18:01

    I think Oosthuizen should definitely not be let back into the team so quickly. But the fact is he is, so I hope he gives those arrogant, bad-winners, bad-losers Australians a good but legal klap on tour.

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