Full strength Cheetahs to test Stormers


Well aside from Johan Goosen of course

The Cheetahs have thrown their Springboks straight back into the mix for their must-win clash with the Stormers at Newlands on Saturday.

This approach is understandable considering the importance of the game. Within the Cheetahs starting XV there are four players that got game-time for the Springboks during the victorious four-nations tournament campaign. Trevor Nyakane was the other player to get match experience for South Africa – but he starts from the bench.

This is in contrast to what the Stormers have done heading into the match. Springbok captain Jean de Villiers will not be involved in the match this weekend and a number of the other Stormers national players sat out of training for a few days this week.

An advantage for the Cheetahs is that the likes of Pieter ‘Lappies’ Labuschagne, Robert Ebersohn and Lourens Adriaanse will all be well rested and more confident after spending valuable time in the national set-up.

Wille le Roux has been the catalyst to the Cheetahs on numerous ocassions this season and he grew into his role at fullback for the Springboks. Being able to hold his own at Test level can only give him more assurance going into this weekends fixture.

With the injury to Pierre Spies, Philip van der Walt will feel that he has a shot at the Bok No.8 jersey – or at least a place in the squad for the Rugby Championship – if he can string together a few more commanding performances.

Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Willie le Roux, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Riaan Smit, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Pieter Labuschagne, 6 Heinrich Brussow, 5 Rynhardt Landman, 4 Lodewyk de Jager, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Adriaan Strauss (Captain), 1 Coenie Oosthuizen.
Replacements: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Petrus Vermeulen, 19 Johannes Prinsloo, 20 Sarel Pretorius, 21 Elgar Watts, 22 Howard Mnisi.

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  1. Curious to see how cape spanish greet the Messerschmitt.
    I would think…..they’d treat him like Mark Anthony or whoever it was returning to Rome after conquering Carthage or some other exotic place that needed to be destroyed to save it.
    He’d be showered by sweets & flowers I suspect.
    So too Willie?
    We’ll see. FunNGun Cheetahs by 16.
    Eat your heart out Aplon.

  2. Reply to Americano @ 9:37 pm:

    I am a classic military history buff and if I could get a hold of you I’d throttle you for that blasphemy Yank…

    Scipio Africanus conquered Carthage

    That Mark Anthony idiot conquered buggerall and instead got his ass handed to him by Julius the bossman…

    But I understand the point made…


  3. DavidS –
    That’s why I made room with “or whoever it was”.
    ( Have you seen that Rome mini-series? You would LOVE it if not – the british accents are a slog to endure but well worth it)

    I like overlaying totally unrelated historical lenses over current happenings to suss out correlations ( or hallucinations

    Imagine if Aldo got in on this schtick…..

    Surely he would recognize the monopoly-like horrors that Bulls project on other SA regions, realize how his fandom perpetuates this & decide to recant his allegiance then repent….to go on to love and serve….
    The Cheetahs :wave:

  4. Reply to Americano @ 2:29 am:

    I have no idea what you said, but it sounded something like, ‘ Imagine if Aldo buys into this. He would forever be reminding us, that like the Rome of old, the Bulls are a serious world power, taking over at will, breaking down defenses of our cities.

    They are awesome to behold and we cannot wait to send our children to sign up to their cause, whether it be as an ever faithfull supporter such as Aldo, or a talented player. Just as long as they are associated with the world power that is the Bulls.’

    that is what you said right? :fishing: :whistling:

  5. Got to agree with Craven. Cheetahs can still pip the Bulls for top of SA conference. Problems for Stormers will start at scrum time.
    One thing I don’t understand, how can it be that Cheetahs still only field one player of colour in there run-on 15? :soek:

  6. Reply to KingPaul @ 12:25 pm:

    REAL Africans like Nyakane count double…

    I see “The Bouce” on twitter is calling Stormers win… I’m calling him and asking whether he has smoked something illegally grown in his mother’s potplants…

  7. I’m a Stormer but I will be cheering for
    the Cheetahs – they deserve a place in
    the play-offs, the Stormers deserve nothing.

  8. Go Cheetahs.
    Cant see it though even with the advantages but one must hope right? With JDV out expect the Stormers to score some tries

    Some local teams are poor against overseas opposition but step up to the play locally. Cheetahs back 3 look good but will they have the brains to outsmart a defensive team?

    It is test time for the hopefuls and I hope there is not spite in this game.

  9. Cheetahs and Bulls have to win all their remaining games, we need two teams in the play-offs.

    Therefore I wouldn’t mind if the Cheetahs win this weekend.

  10. Cheetahs actually only need one win to secure a top 6 finish. So they should make it, but if they beat Stormers and Blues they could host a play off as 3rd or 4th place against 5 or 6. The Bulls need to win at least 2 of their remaining clashes against the Kings and Sharks at home and the Stormers away, to have a top 2 finish and host a semi final. They could still finish top of the log, but then need wins in all 3 games.