Young guns excite Drotské

2012-02-01 15:26

Brenden Nel - SuperSport

Johannesburg - There are three or four new superstars just waiting to burst onto the Super Rugby scene, and that makes Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské an excited man.

Drotské told that he was more confident than normal at this time of the season, thanks to the fact that he has a crop of young talent that he wants to see take on the world this year.

The quartet of young stars has Drotské so convinced they will do well, that he is keen to start them early in the season and give them enough opportunity to find their feet at this level.

Already some of them have made their mark at provincial level in Currie Cup, but the step up to Super Rugby is one that they need to take to establish themselves in top flight rugby

“We’ve got a lot of continuity at the moment and that is great,” Drotské told

“We have a few guys who did well at Currie Cup level that are just waiting to break through.

“They really were a surprise package for us in how they stepped up and I’m hoping they will be able to continue that progression into Super Rugby.”

Leading the group is former SA Schools flyhalf Johan Goosen, who may well be set for higher honours sooner rather than later after showing both poise and vision in the Currie Cup.

Drotské is also impressed with the likes of prop Marcel van der Merwe, who is the latest in the line of Cheetahs scrumming powerhouses, while scrumhalf Pieter van Zyl is the third member of the Cheetahs' young turks.

The final piece in the puzzle is former Boland flyhalf Willie le Roux, who impressed in the B-section last year.

Le Roux has created such an impression on Drotské that he could become a permanent feature in the Cheetahs line-up.

“Willie was really a pleasant surprise with the way he stepped up. He stunned me with the ease he slotted into the side and how he did,” Drotské said.

“It gives me a lot of confidence and this year I believe we have the most depth in the squad of any Cheetahs team I’ve been involved in.”

The Cheetahs continued their impressive warm-up form with a 38-7 win over the Griffons in Welkom on Tuesday night.


  • Lionel - 2012-02-01 15:50

    Heading is a bit sick,don;t you think!!!!!!!!!!!

      Priester - 2012-02-01 16:11

      @Lionel I agree, sounds like a pedophile. Nevertheless the Cheetahs are formidable and will cause a few upsets this year. It is always great to see them in action. Blou Bul Groete!

      Wesley - 2012-02-01 16:15

      Hahahahahaaaahahahaaaaa, they morse get lonely there in the free state!

      Brannas - 2012-02-01 16:26

      Nattes(Lionel) Only sick for a pervert like you

      moregareth - 2012-02-01 19:49

      @ Lionel ... Mate it depends on the context the reader chooses to place on the statement. Rather obvious actually and nothing sick about it.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-01 20:46

      Heaven behold if I had to say what you said, Lionel

      Warren - 2012-02-01 22:28

      @ Bulldozer: The main difference between you & Lionel is that he doesn't use a fake FB profile. Btw, did you see which city Lionel is from???

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-02 06:21

      Warren , what does a fake profile pick has to do with anything? And city he's from?

      Lionel - 2012-02-02 07:26

      Priester,if the Cheetahs can sort out there defensive problems,they will be up there!!! Nou praat jy Thanks Brannas,manage to pull yourself away from the bottle yet???? Warren,the Cape is the place to be!!!!!! Morning Dozey!!!!!!!!!

      Warren - 2012-02-02 09:53

      @ Bulldozer: How do you expect to be taken seriously if you can't put your real name next to your comment. Secondly, you are buddying up with a Stomer. @ Lionel: Apparently, according to Bulldozer Cape Town is not the place to be. (Read yesterday's Clyde Rathbone article).

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-02 10:14

      Warren, I never said Cape Town was not the place to be. Until about 6 months ago I lived there for 10 years. Stunning place. It's just the Stormers supporters that suck. Besides, Bulldozer is my real name. Bulldozer van Rensburg.

      Warren - 2012-02-02 22:03

      @ Bulldozer: I never said you said Cape Town is not the place to be, I used the phrase as a figure of speech for a reply to Lionel. (Read Lionel's reply to me).

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-02 22:11

      Sorry Warren. Misunderstanding.

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-02-01 15:52

    The SA rugby factory is alive and well

      Dirk - 2012-02-01 19:28

      The factory,on the western side of Bloem, is also now supplying the Bulls, Sharks and of course, the Cheetahs.Yes, and Naka did not even mention Coenie, the Twins, Prinsloo(7s) and Labuschagne, all from arguebly, one of the best school sides ever- the Grey 2007 side.

  • peter.britz1 - 2012-02-01 16:01

    Plenty of young guys keen on stepping into the big league. Goosen 20, Van Zyl 21, Marcel vd Merwe 22, and then it's hard to believe that guys like the Ebersohn twins, and Coenie are barely 23 as well. A nice young squad with some experienced hands to guide

      Wesley - 2012-02-01 16:15


      hendrik.pienaar - 2012-02-01 16:25

      Let's hope they can hold onto them for a few years... then the Cheetahs would become genuine contenders, rather then supplying the Big-3 with all their best players each year. Might even be able to hold onto a few of the Grey College stars that depart each year.

      Paul - 2012-02-01 17:47

      Yeah, don't be surprised if these guys all have penthouses in Umhlanga in the near future.

      Warren - 2012-02-01 22:23

      @ hendrik.pienaar: We'll have to wait & see just how much cash Toyota are willing to spend. I read in an article when their sponsorship of the Cheetahs was announced that they (Toyota) were matching the sponsorship money of the big unions.

      john.a.swart - 2012-02-02 10:11

      The traditional breeding ground for SA Rugby needs sponsors to now come to the party to retain the talent. If that happens FS will be a huge force in all competitions. From a Sharks supporter!

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