Cheetahs bench Sarel for Stormers match

Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské has made one change to his side for their Super Rugby encounter against the Stormers at the Free State stadium in Bloemfontein on Saturday.


“The Stormers are always a quality side and can never be underestimated,” said Drotské.

“They are good on defence and we expect a tough game this weekend. It is always a close game when we play against them.

“We want to do good. It is important for us to keep the momentum of the last couple of weeks.”

After a winning performance against the Rebels last week Drotské has opted to bring in scrumhalf Piet van Zyl for the experienced veteran Sarel Pretorius.

Pretorius started against the Australian side, but Van Zyl added some extra attacking value when he appeared on the field.

With flyhalf Riaan Smit still sidelined with a hamstring injury the coach has opted to keep Griquas flyhalf Burton Francis in the starting line-up.

Francis got the call to start against the Rebels just minutes before kick-off.

Another Griquas stalwart, Francois Brummer, comes in on the replacement bench as cover at both flyhalf and fullback for the men from Bloemfontein.



15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Willie le Roux, 13 Johan Sadie, 2 Robert Ebersohn, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Burton Francis, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Phillip van der Walt, 7 Pieter Labuschagne, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lodewyk de Jager, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Trevor Nyakane

Substitutes: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Coenie Oosthuizen, 18 Rynhard Landman, 19 Boom Prinsloo, 20 Sarel Pretorius, 21 Francois Brummer, 22 Ryno Benjamin

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  1. avatar

    The Year of the Cheetah

    April 4, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    pity hansie graaf is not selected yet but they are grooming him so all good. Brummer had such a good future predicted but like many players had to see his potential stifled at these mega unions who sign 10 players per position.

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    The Year of the Cheetah

    April 4, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    i see Graaff still with Blitzbokke

  3. avatar

    The Year of the Cheetah

    April 4, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    hmmm my supposed lovechild against the most overrated bok player in history….gonna be a cracker.

  4. avatar

    The Year of the Cheetah

    April 4, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    fokkit and old lourens adraanse who looks every bit like a 3rd team club level prop!

  5. avatar

    The Year of the Cheetah

    April 4, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    so Boom get to be Boom but Ligtoring must be Rynhard? Wonder if its a seniors/juniors thing?

  6. avatar

    The Year of the Cheetah

    April 4, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Cmon Brussouw – play yourself back into Heynekes conscience. Then again dont, its probably not worth it.

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    April 4, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    YOC – On a scale of 1-10….
    How electric is the anticipation for this showdown with the populous surrounding “the Vatican of SA Rugby ” – Cheetah Field?

  8. DavidS


    April 4, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    YOC is in Ireland at the moment…

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    The Year of the Cheetah

    April 4, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Reply to Americano @ 6:08 pm:

    no electric, but the stadium as always will be filled mostly by stormers supporters living in the freestate. We have been dealing with our own ‘freestate stormers’ for decades now

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    April 4, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Sarel was rather unconvincing in
    the previous game.

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    April 5, 2013 at 12:04 am

    Reply to Boertjie @ 11:31 pm:

    Yeah – SuperP tends to be on one game / off another.
    Piet Van Zyl really got the party started when he came on last game.
    I think its a trait SuperP picked up in Aus – all that lollygagging & beach combing.
    Either way glad he’s back. You can’t set your watch to everyone as you would…..”you know who”.

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    The Year of the Cheetah

    April 5, 2013 at 1:54 am

    Naah i dont think Sarel had a bad game. Some games he takes everything upon himself and then next game he is marked – then he just passes all day. Its a good ploy cause you dont know which one you’ll get. Genia also has entire games when he will rarely snipe. Keeps defenses honest.

  13. avatar

    Gonna be a good game to watch

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    Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa

    April 5, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Thats is the problem about been brilliant, have one mediocre game and you are not so good.

    If I remember correctly Piet van Zyl is a lot bigger than Sarel so they might use him to flatten Jantjies. :soek:

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    Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa

    April 5, 2013 at 9:22 am

    I thought Brummer would be a bok, saw him as as a Junior but then again I thought Sarel would have been one long time ago too like Alberts (had to leave the Lions to get selected) getting chosen 2 years too late as well.

    Is their like a private a school thingy or family thing that some players who show clear form dont get the nod. Like Willie Le Roux or hey some guys who end up overseas playing a blinder?


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