Weak Cheetahs to face Lions

2013-01-23 12:01

Bloemfontein - Veteran rugby centre JP Nel will partner with Robert Ebersohn in midfield for the Cheetahs' first pre-season warm-up game on Saturday against the Lions in Johannesburg.

Nel, a former Bulls' centre who joined Griquas and the Cheetahs after a two-year stint in Japan, will get his first taste of Super Rugby since his last outing for the Bulls in the 2009 season.

Cheetahs' coach Naka Drotske has chosen to give Springbok hooker Adriaan Strauss a rest after a packed 2012 season, and Ebersohn will take over the captaincy for Saturday's outing.

The coach also has some injury concerns, with locks Martin Muller (groin) and Andries Ferreira (knee) as well as flanker Heinrich Brussow (shoulder) still injured.

Muller will be out for at least three months and is replaced by Francois Uys for the game against the Lions.

He will partner Lodewyk de Jager to form the Cheetahs tight five, which is bolstered by Rossouw de Klerk, Torsten van Jaarsveld and Caylib Oosthuizen in the front row.

In the backline, Drotske has maintained many of his stars of last year's Currie Cup, with pace winger Raymond Rhule and Hennie Daniller (fullback) the most notable. Francois Brummer, who joined Griquas from the Bulls in 2012, gets his first run at fly half.

The Cheetahs will be without several first-choice players for their Vodacom Super Rugby warm-up match against the Lions on Saturday.

Centre Johann Sadie and locks Martin Muller and Andries Ferreira are all sidelined with injury, while flyhalf Johan Goosen, prop Coenie Oosthuizen, flank Heinrich Brussow and wing Wille le Roux are also missing from the match 22.

The Cheetahs have rested skipper and hooker Adriaan Strauss, with the result that centre Robert Ebersohn will lead the side at Ellis Park. Kick-off is at 17:00.

The Lions won the first match in the Lions Challenge last weekend against Russia, 51-13.

The Cheetahs open their Super Rugby campaign at home against the Sharks on Saturday, February 23 at 17:05.




15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Jannie Boshoff, 13 JP Nel, 12 Robert Ebersohn (captain), 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Boom Prinsloo, 7 Tertius Daniller, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lodewyk de Jager, 3 Rossouw de Klerk, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Caylib Oosthuizen

Substitutes: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Ligtoring Landman, 19 Waltie Vermeulen, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Barry Geel, 22 Hansie Graaff

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  • sandile.vanheerden - 2013-01-23 12:10

    Stop making excuses for the Cheetahs, the Lions are missing far more players.

      pj.fourie2 - 2013-01-23 12:16

      No one is making excuses this just isn't the cheetahs strongest side but it is a stupid heading for the article.

      johan.d.toit.5 - 2013-01-24 10:55

      Get a life and at the same time get rid of the chip on your shoulder. This guy is simply reporting the facts about the Cheetahs side, not making excuses

  • louis.bensch.31 - 2013-01-23 12:12

    Ag shame, already full of excuses, go Lions!!!!

      pj.fourie2 - 2013-01-23 12:28

      Go Cheetahs!

      wessels.deon - 2013-01-23 13:03

      Ag shame.. its funny that this game against the Lions is so meaningless that the cheetahs can play a B side, and even if they loose it doesnt matter! At least they are in the super 15

      ruan.smith.14 - 2013-01-23 14:04

      @Wessels, HA HA

  • pj.fourie2 - 2013-01-23 12:36

    I hope more people will go watch the game. I know the rain played a role but I hope there is more than 4500 people. The Lions supporters need to support their team at the stadium. Otherwise the union could just stop the lions challenge because then its just a waste of money. Same goes for the cheetahs supporters in bloem!!

      remo.liut - 2013-01-23 13:28

      Soos hulle sal se in die kaap... isakie jy ma se tannie se niggie se tette hang laag.

      remo.liut - 2013-01-23 13:36

      The only team dom and arrogant enough to lose against the queens is sakkie se papsakke

  • nico.pretorius.946 - 2013-01-23 17:29

    GO LIONS!!!!!

  • heinrich.vanjaarsveld.52 - 2013-01-23 17:36

    Visser just shut up we don't want or need your support just support your own team please lions wish you the best of luck this weekend may the best team win CHEETAH groete

  • heinrich.vanjaarsveld.52 - 2013-01-23 17:36

    Visser just shut up we don't want or need your support just support your own team please lions wish you the best of luck this weekend may the best team win CHEETAH groete

      matt.prinsloo.1 - 2013-01-24 10:42

      deja vu

  • darryl.farmer.79 - 2013-01-24 07:47

  • strikania - 2013-01-24 09:36

    I'm a Blue Bull supporter but I honestly hope that the Lions will win each and every game of theirs to show SARU how stupid they are to give a schoolboy rugby team (Kings) a chance to play with the big boys. Goodluck Lions!!!

      ruan.smith.14 - 2013-01-24 14:33

      Oh wow, you know this has nothing to do with bulls or kings hey? also ill have a 300g fillet with chips.

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