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Jaco Coetzee, Bosch and Pokomela herald u20 trial group

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STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 24, Dawie Theron during the SA Under 20 training session and media briefing at Markotter Stadium on January 24, 2012 in Stellenbosch, South Africa Photo by Carl Fourie / Gallo Images
STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA – JANUARY 24, Dawie Theron during the SA Under 20 training session and media briefing at Markotter Stadium on January 24, 2012 in Stellenbosch, South Africa
Photo by Carl Fourie / Gallo Images

 

Junior Springboks coach Dawie Theron has invited a large group to the Baby Boks trials camp in Cape Town next week:
Junior Springbok trials squad (position in brackets):

Vodacom Blue Bulls

Jan-Henning Campher (hooker)
Tinus de Beer (flyhalf)
Aston Fortuin (lock)
Stedman Gans (centre)
Denzel Hill (No
Jaco Holtzhausen (prop)
JT Jackson (centre)
Manie Libbok (flyhalf)
Andell Loubser (wing)
Franco Naude (centre)
Divan Rossouw (wing)
Hendre Stassen (lock)
Eli Snyman (lock)
Gavin van den Berg (prop)
Franco van den Berg (prop)
Luigy van Jaarsveld (No

Toyota Free State Cheetahs

De Wet Bezuidenhout (flank)
Mosolwa Mafuma (wing)
Victor Maruping (flank)

Xerox Golden Lions

Le Roux Baard (hooker)
Marco Jansen van Vuren (scrumhalf)
Rhyno Herbst (lock)

EP Kings

Lusanda Badiyana (flank)
Tango Balelike (hooker)
Michael Brink (flyhalf)
James Hall (scrumhalf)
Nicolaas Oosthuizen (prop)
Lupumlo Mguca (prop)
Junior Pokomela (No
Roche van Zyl (prop)
Keanu Vers (fullback)
Jeremy Ward (centre)
Stephanus Nieuwoudt (flanker)

Leopards

Benhard Janse van Rensburg (flyhalf)

Cell C Sharks

Curwin Bosch (fullback)
Morne Joubert (fullback)
S’busiso Nkosi (wing)
Zweli Siluale (wing)

DHL Western Province

Saud Abrahams (flank)
Ruan Brits (hooker)
Paul de Wet (scrumhalf)
Eduan Keyter (fullback)
Daniel Maree (flank)
Gary Porter (lock)
Duncan Saal (wing)
Carlo Sadie (prop)
Tiaan Swanepoel (fullback)
Ernst van Rhyn (flank)
Jaco Willemse (lock)
Eduard Zandberg (lock)
Jaco Coetzee (No
Zane Davids (flank)
Ruben de Villiers (lock)
Wikus Groenewald (prop)
Edwill van der Merwe (wing)
Kuyenseka Xaba (flank)

A talented group that will be out to win a spot in the South African squad that will travel to the Junior World Cup in England. South Africa will play Japan in their opening game. Interesting to note that Curwin Bosch has been penned down as a fullback.

Pool A

New Zealand
Wales
Ireland
Georgia

Pool B

England
Australia
Scotland
Italy

Pool C

South Africa
France
Argentina
Japan

Do officials crave the limelight too?

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Officials

Officials are starting to act like neglected kids who have always sought attention with atrocious calls and decisions every week. It is as if they want to be in the headlines every week and for all the wrong reasons. Some may call the criticism unfair but its warranted with the number of high profile howlers growing by the week. Soon the question of match fixing will become part of the rugby conversation.  Instead of focusing on the rugby, most press conferences, around the world have resulted in talk of the referee decisions. Blues coach Tana Umaga the latest to highlight some inconsistencies. There were many a dubious call that are yet to be put to the fore.

  1. The neck roll on Schalk Ferreira by Sam Whitelock has yet to be cited and one has to wonder what the problem is. A result of the Southern Kings front row heading back home.
  2. It was almost the howler of the year for me, Jaco Peyper was about to send the Brumbies to the bin instead of the shower for punches. Had sanity not prevailed the Brumbies could have got away with that one.
  3. The punch by Nizaam Carr was missed amidst the punching row.
  4. Dillyn Lleyds’ try was actually inconclusive. There is a grey area on this one and I await an explanation from the South African referees on how this was a try.

Law 22.1 & 22.2 state- There are two ways a player can ground the ball:

(a) Player touches the ground with the ball. A player grounds the ball by holding the ball and touching the ground with it, in in-goal. ‘Holding’ means holding in the hand or hands, or in the arm or arms. No downward pressure is required.

(b) Player presses down on the ball. A player grounds the ball when it is on the ground in the in-goal and the player presses down on it with a hand or hands, arm or arms, or the front of the player’s body from waist to neck inclusive.

The list will go on, unless teams adapt on a game to game basis they will struggle. What you will be penalised for in one week, you will be allowed in another. The Reds-Blues clash was an example of an official not sure about the breakdown /scrum laws with some contentious calls. Surely there can be ways in which the officials fix this trend before it gets worse.

The use of neutral officials in clashes could be of help. Watching the Jaguares game against the Chiefs; one has to wonder what SANZAAR are a aiming at with the officials finding themselves making some rather one sided calls on occasion. One has to feel for the Argentinians who have had to face this all season.

All attack, no defence

The Lions managed to put the Cheetahs to the sword and further exposed the Bloemfontein side’s inability to tackle, cover the support runners and read the play of the opposition. The Cheetahs have a tournament high of 116 tackles. A further 38 more than the beleaguered Kings who show some bright sparks but lack the nous to dominate an 80 minute game. The Bloemfontein side is still in rebuilding but would have done well to focus on defence first this season to heal an Achilles heel that has derailed them in the last decade. The chances are looking good that South Africa will harbour at least two of the worst sides in the competition. While most sides will battle with balance the Cheetahs just seem to forget the entire aspect that is defence.

Team of the week:

My team of the week this weekend features a few surprise players and the top performers in:

Warrick Gelant (Blue Bulls); Ruan Combrinck (Lions); Johnny-Ben Kotze (Stormers); Howard Mnisi (Lions); Nemani Nadolo (Crusaders); Elton Jantjes (Lions); Faf de Klerk (Lions); Jed Holloway (Waratahs); Sean McMahon (Rebels); Elliot Dixon (Highlanders); Pieter-Steph du Toit (Stormers); Blade Thomson (Hurricanes); Marcel van der Merwe (Blue Bulls); Malcolm Marx (Lions);  Sef Faagase (Reds)

A view from the couch..

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The Sunwolves have bite

For a team that had under two weeks in pre-season the Wolves managed to play a brave, exciting game The Cheetahs should have been worried at some stage and if it wasn’t for the replacements early on from Franco Smith they could have lost.

The Cheetahs will take pride in the character they showed and will look back and take a few lessons from this match. No one will under estimate the Sunwolves and if you willing to field an under strength side against them- at your own peril.

The Wolves showed some great innovation, speed and resilience. Their addition is becoming more of a positive addition and they are well placed to leave a mark on this tournament.

Akihito Yamada was exceptional in scoring a hat trick that lit up the round. #Awooo

Lions still in good stead

A loss to the champions the Highlanders saw the Lions end their overseas tour with two wins in three. The performance was not as bad if you look at the numbers and game a second time.

The Lions may need to adopt a few options if they look to be an all-round game. They will need to at their kicking game. The Lions kicking was out of touch in Dunedin and may need to refine it a bit.

They showed a lot more one dimensional play this weekend as well, playing off the second receiver so often the Highlanders had it covered. The Highlanders offered an impressive rush defense that capitalized on long, cut-out passes and this resulted in smothering tackles, intercepts to mention a few.

What will be key is how close the Lions came to scoring in the last minute when there was a chip over the defence and they regathered.

Attacking variations will be important going forward. Bar a game in Argentina, the Lions have majority of their games in South Africa and should be poised to finish top in their group.

We also learned that what you do with possession is very important as the Lions dominated possession & territory (71% and 70 % respectively).

The Lions at some point looked to have run out of ideas and could be their biggest downfall if they do not vary their game. Their depth looks much better than most sides in the competition.

The Sharks are better than last year

They Sharks have looked good over the weeks. Slowly showing a vast improvement on the past season.

They have looked good in the set-piece and have a great blend between experience and youth. The side that took to field on Saturday averaged just 25 years. Forget the contentious decision to award the penalty try which I think was completely wrong and bonkers.

The credibility to match officials needs to seriously be looked at. The Sharks played what was in front of them and they dominated. Both Stormers packs got pummelled at the scrum bar one or two when Scarra and the less fancied Oli Kebble felt like scrumming.

The Beast had one of his best games and destroyed both Springbok incumbents. The line out was much improved even pipping a Stormers throw. The tactical nous of Gary Gold has to be lauded.

There is a tour ahead but for now the Sharks can be hopeful of a strong season. The thought of Pat Lambie, Chilliboy Ralepelle, Francois Kleinhans, Renaldo Bothma, Jacques Potgieter, Lwazi Mvovo, Ruan Botha among many who will boost the squad.

To Gary Gold, unleash S’bura Sithole. He will add some variety to a backline that could derail the Sharks attack. The Stormers will need to go to the drawing board because the next two clashes are as tough as they get.

The Brumbies who look flawless and a trip to Argentina against the Jaguares could define their season.

Absa Currie Cup Round 3 Preview

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We have a look at this weekends Currie Cup fixtures and squads

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Absa Currie Cup Round 2 Previews

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Its round 2 of the 2014 instalment if the Absa Currie Cup and we give you all the lineups and our thoughts – By Clayton Saville

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Cheetahs 20, Lions 21

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It is Super Rugby time, and the Cheetahs welcome the Lions back to the toughest competition in the world!

Kings bench Luke

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The Southern Kings have named Andries Strauss as captain, with Luke Watson coming on from the bench for the match against the Cheetahs on Saturday in Bloemfontein.

Director of Rugby, Alan Solomons, said the decision to bench Watson had been made following a number of factors.

“Just to put perspective on it, Luke sustained a bad ankle injury at the end of last season and missed the last couple of games. He worked very hard, he is extremely professional and diligent, to get his fitness up to speed, which he did by the last pre-season game against the Griquas,” he said.

“Unfortunately in the first game, against the Western Force, Luke sustained a nasty throat injury where he fractured a bone in his throat that made things extremely difficult in that it partially blocked his airway and made training impossible.”

Solomons said Watson had restarted training while the team was on tour and had played a full 80 minutes against the SWD Eagles in the Vodacom Cup the week before the team returned.

He said he had discussed Watson’s fitness with him as well as the medical and conditioning team ahead of the Bulls game and had decided that they would start him and play him for 40 to 45 minutes, which they did.

“Obviously Luke is our captain. He is an experienced player with international experience and super rugby experience,” he said

“For this particular game, however, we are playing up country in Bloemfontein, there is an altitude factor and after discussing it with the conditioning and medical staff, as part of the plan for Luke’s full re-entry into Super Rugby, I have decided that the most appropriate thing would be for him to come in off the bench.”

“With Luke coming off the bench, Andries assumes captaincy and Steven Sykes takes control of the Forwards as vice captain,” he said.

Solomons said Sergeal Petersen was also not up for selection after continuing concerns over the groin strain he had sustained last week during training, despite initial indications that he was eligible for selection.

“Sergeal’s groin is still not 100% and on discussing it with the medical staff, we feel that it would not be worth risking.”

“He is a young guy, an athlete and wing. If he tears the groin muscle, it could not only affect his playing this season, but his career going forward. He is a young 18-year-old who has a marvellous career ahead of him and we feel that to be cautious at this point in time is the right thing for him.”

Solomons said Petersen’s unavailability presented an opportunity for Siyanda Grey to make his Super Rugby debut, while Marcello Sampson was also being rested, making way for Michael Killian, who missed out the first half of the season after breaking his arm before the start of the season.

“Siyanda sustained a torn ACL last season, and it has been a long hard road to recovery, but he has now played regularly for the Vodacom Cup side and it is great to have him back playing for the senior side and being able to play Super Rugby.”

“Marcello has been involved in most of the games to date, Michael comes back from injury and we have done a rotation there, as it is important that we have strength in depth. One must also remember that we have now played seven games back to back, including four on tour, and the effects of that are being felt,” he said.

Solomons said Ronnie Cooke moved back to centre for Waylon Murray, who moved to the bench.

Discussing the front pack, Solomons said Rynier Bernardo would start while David Bulbring moved to the bench, while Jacques “Vleis” Engelbrecht  would start at number eight in Watson’s place.

Virgile Lacombe has also been named on the bench, having recovered from his rib injury and having come off a strong showing in the second half of the Vodacom Cup game against the Sharks XV this past weekend.

Kings team:

15.          George Whitehead

11.          Michael Killian

13.          Ronnie Cooke

12.          Andries Strauss (Captain)

14.          Siyanda Grey

10.          Demetri Catrakilis

9.             Shaun Venter

1.             Schalk Ferreira

2.             Bandise Maku

3.             Kevin Buys

6.             Cornell du Preez

4.             Steve Sykes (Vice Captain)

5.             Rynier Bernado

7.             Wimpie van der Walt

8.             Jacques Engelbrecht

Replacements

16.          Virgile Lacombe

17.          Grant Kemp

18.          David Bulbring

19.          Luke Watson

20.          Nicolas Vergallo

21.          Waylon Murray

22.          Siviwe Soyizwapi

Cheetahs bench Sarel for Stormers match

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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.

Rhodes makes Stormers debut

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Coach Allister Coetzee has made five changes to the DHL Stormers team to take on the Cheetahs at Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein on Saturday (kick-off 17h05).

Cheetahs unchanged for Rebels

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Following their successful Super Rugby tour of Australasia, Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske has opted not to tamper with his side for their home encounter against the Rebels in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

Shields spreading the love again (oh and the shit)

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The Spred and Spri awards

Goosen crocked, again

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Reports from Australia suggests Johan Goosen tore ligaments in his knee and will require surgery.

SPRED the Love

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Resident contributor, Shields, cautions against the hype around our teams following this weekend’s results.

Waratahs: Barnes back for Cheetahs match

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Berrick Barnes will make his first appearance of the Super Rugby season on Friday when the HSBC Waratahs host the Cheetahs at Allianz Stadium.

Highlanders 19, Cheetahs 36

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The Cheetahs tour is not getting any easier as they travel to Dunedin to face the Highlanders.

Hore returns for Landers against Cheetahs

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Highlanders’ Head Coach, Jamie Joseph, has named his team to play the Cheetahs at Rugby Park Stadium in Invercargill on Saturday night (7.35pm NZT).

In the forwards, Andrew Hore returns to the Highlanders after missing the first Highlanders match of the 2013 season due to suspension.  He will be joined by Highlanders debutants Brad Thorn and Jake Paringatai who both make their first start on Saturday for the Southern franchise.

Changes in the run-on XV also see a number of changes on the reserves bench. Brayden Mitchell and Jarrod Hoeata drop out of the starting XV and are joined by Chris King and Colin Slade; who are both returning from injuries.  Shaun Treeby also joins the reserves in place of Buxton Popoalii.

Highlanders v Cheetahs, Rugby Park Stadium, Invercargill – Saturday 9 March, 7.35pm (NZ Time).

1. Tony Woodcock

2. Andrew Hore (Captain)

3. Ma’afu Fia

4. Brad Thorn

5. Josh Bekhuis

6. Joe Wheeler

7. John Hardie

8. Jake Paringatai

9. Aaron Smith

10. Lima Sopoaga

11. Hosea Gear (Vice-captain)

12. Ma’a Nonu

13. Phil Burleigh

14. Kade Poki

15. Ben Smith

Reserves

16. Brayden Mitchell

17. Chris King

18. Jarrad Hoeata

19. Tim Boys

20. Fumiaki Tanaka

21. Colin Slade

22. Shaun Treeby

Brussow starts from the bench

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Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské has resisted the temptation to rush Springbok Heinrich Brüssow straight back into his starting XV.

Chiefs team for Cheetahs

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The Chiefs have announced their team to play the Cheetahs in their first Investec Super Rugby home game at Waikato Stadium on Saturday night at 7.35pm.

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has made four changes to his starting line up.  Hooker Hika Elliot’s calf injury has recovered to see him take the reins off young hooker Rhys Marshall who moves to the bench.   Lock Michael Fitzgerald, halfback Augustine Pulu and winger Lelia Masaga all start with Craig Clarke, Tawera Kerr-Barlow and Patrick Osborne moving into the reserves.

Chiefs’ coach Dave Rennie said “Out of all the South African sides the Cheetahs probably play a style that is closest to ours.  They are innovative and can score tries from anywhere around the park and like all South African sides they are big and physical.

“We had a really free flowing match against them in Bloemfontein last year, and we are expecting them to play a style of game similar to us, which is a free flowing, high paced, ruck and run game.”

Chiefs team:

  1. Pauliasi Manu
  2. Hika Elliot
  3. Ben Afeaki
  4. Michael Fitzgerald
  5. Brodie Retallick
  6. Liam Messam ©
  7. Sam Cane
  8. Fritz Lee
  9. Augustine Pulu
  10. Aaron Cruden
  11. Asaeli Tikoirotuma
  12. Bundee Aki
  13. Tim Nanai-Williams
  14. Lelia Masaga
  15. Gareth Anscombe
  16. Rhys Marshall
  17. Ben Tameifuna
  18. Craig Clarke
  19. Tanerau Latimer
  20. Tawera Kerr-Barlow
  21. Charlie Ngatai
  22. Patrick Osborne

Sarel starts against Chiefs

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Scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius will start for the Cheetahs against the Chiefs in their Super Rugby match in Hamilton on Saturday.

Sharks select strong team for opener

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Despite a number of injuries the Sharks have been able to name a strong starting XV for their game against the Cheetahs.

Goose back for Cheetahs

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Springbok flyhalf Johan Goosen will make a welcome return to the playing field when he starts for the Cheetahs in their opening Super Rugby encounter against the Sharks in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

Juan Smith hang sy stewels op

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Legendariese Springbok en Cheetahs losvoorspeler, Juan Smith, sal finaal sy stewels ophang.

Spies back for Bulls

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Pierre Spies will lead an experienced Vodacom Bulls side for their second friendly match of the season when they face the Toyota Cheetahs in Polokwane on Saturday.

Cheetahs coach smiling

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Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské admits he has a “nice” problem with eight of his nine loose forwards available for selection.

Duane leads Stormers

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Allister Coetzee, the DHL Stormers head coach, has named his team to take on the Toyota Free State Cheetahs in Saturday’s pre-season friendly in Bloemfontein (kick-off 17h00).

Juan Smith returns to rugby

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Springbok flank Juan Smith will make his long awaited return to rugby when the Cheetahs face the Stormers in a Super Rugby warm-up game in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

Juan likely to return for Cheetahs

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A final decision regarding the playing future of Springbok flank Juan Smith will now only be made at the end of January.

Promotion-Relegation match Rnd 2: Kings v Cheetahs

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The Eastern Province Kings face their biggest challenge in many years in Port Elizabeth on Friday night when they host the Toyota Free State Cheetahs in the second leg of their Absa Currie Cup promotion-relegation series.

Wat ‘n naweek van rugby!

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Wat ’n naweek van rugby resultate!

Cheetahs 53, Kings 14

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UPDATE: The Kings will have to beat the CheetAhs by 40 points and a bonus try in PE to gain promotion to the CC.

Harold defends Cheetahs management

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Free State Cheetahs CEO Harold Verster has hit back at those criticising the union for the manner in which it manages its affairs.

Cheetahs 30 v Sharks 37

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Games between these two teams are always unpredictable, but it’s one the Cheetahs need to win to stay in the run for a top 4 finish.

Cheetahs 35, Griquas 20

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It is the derby of middle-earth and these neighbours won’t give each other an inch when the whistle goes.

Cheetahs 22, WP 29

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Last game of the weekend sees the Cheetahs host a confident WP side in Bloemfontein.

Goosen starts for Cheetahs

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The Toyota Free State Cheetahs face the GWK Griquas in Kimberley this coming Saturday in the third round of the 2012 ABSA Currie Cup with the news that Johan Goosen is back.

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The men from Bloemfontein are still on a high after defeating bitter rivals the Vodacom Blue Bulls last Friday in Bloemfontein. All though it was a fairly convincing win, it came with a heavy price as both Riaan Smit and flamboyant half back Piet van Zyl sustained bad injuries. Smit dislocated his elbow while Piet van Zyl broke his left clavicle (collarbone) about a minute after coming on for Sarel Pretorius. Both are out of action for between 6 and 8 weeks.

Although Riaan Smit was playing on the wing against the Bulls, the charismatic backline player has played most the season at flyhalf and has been outstanding in the number 10 jersey. Smit will be replaced in the backline by young and exciting Johan Goosen who returns after dislocating his shoulder mid- Super Rugby. Goosen’s return has been widely anticipated by the entire South Africa as Goosen was heavily tipped to be in this years’ Springbok setup. The boy with the golden boot is undoubtably the finest flyhalf South Africa has produced since the days of IRB Hall of Famer Naas Botha. Some believe he is even better.

Speaking to Johan Goosen last Saturday at Grey College he told me that he would be playing between twenty and thirty minutes. Although we would all love to see him play the full eighty, the wisest course of action will be to play him for a short stint as the Free State play the Sharks and Western Province in their next two games.

With injuries to Piet van Zyl and Tewis du Bruyn returning from injury, the Cheetahs have somewhat of a crises at halfback and cannot afford to lose another backline player this early in the season with two crucial matches coming up.

The Griquas have long been regarded as one of the toughest teams in South Africa and know how to bruise their opponents. Apart from their physical toughness the Kimberlites play on a rock hard field with has been the undoing of many a big team in the past. Having narrowly lost to Western Province the last weekend, the Griquas will be on the hunt for a big scalp this weekend and who better than their Free State neighbours.

Very few people know Free State rugby as well as the current Griquas coach and former Free State captain Pote Human. He has managed to beat The Cheetahs once this year when the two sides met in Kathu earlier this season in their respective Currie Cup preparations. Human is a wily old fox and will ensure that his side will make life very difficult for the Cheetahs.

Naka Drotske will do very well if he sticks to the same kind of game that they used to beat the Blue Bulls will last weekend. It was attacking rugby, Free State Rugby! The Blue Bulls beat the Griquas in the opening round of the ABSA Currie Cup and the Cheetahs are well aware of that. That will give them some confidence going into the game, although it was an away game for the Griquas.

Lock Andries Ferreira is starting to settle very nicely in the Cheetahs side and was very instrumental in their win last weekend. The big man scored the opening try in the first minute of the game and won a well deserved Man of the Match award. Much has been said about the Cheetahs lack of decent locks this season; however, Ferreira quickly silenced his critics with his stellar performance against the Blue Bulls.

The Toyota Free State Cheetahs side to play the GWK Griquas is as follows:

15. Hennie Danniler, 14. Ryno Benjamin, 13. Robert Eberson (Captain), 12. Barry Geel, 11. Raymond Rhule, 10. Johan Goosen, 9. Sarel Pretorius, 8. Kabamba Floors, 7. Lappies Labuschagne, 6. Frans Viljoen, 5. Izak van der Westhuizen (Vice Captain), 4. Andries Ferreira, 3. Marcel van der Merwe, 2. Hercu Liebenberg, 1. Trevor Nyakane.

Reserves:

16. Elandré Huggert, 17. Schalk van der Merwe, 18. Franscois Uys, 19. Davon Raubenheimer, 20. Tewis du Bruyn, 21. Sias Ebersohn, 22. Nico Scheepers.

Bulls also confirm Sadie move

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The Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd confirmed media reports on Wednesday that Johann Sadie will leave the franchise at the end of October 2012, after the player negotiated a successful release of his contract this week.

Cheetahs confirm Sadie signing

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Cheetahs CEO Harold Verster has confirmed that they’ve signed Bulls centre Johan Sadie on a two year deal, according to EWN Sport.

Eccentric genius, or space cadet?

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Is Rassie the trailblazing technical guru so many make him out to be, including players and peers? Or, is he the self-centered, obnoxious chameleon?

Plenty of changes for Cheetahs

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Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske rang the changes to his side on Wednesday for their Super Rugby encounter against the Stormers at the Free State Stadium this weekend.

Stormers receive a boost

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Allister Coetzee today named the DHL Stormers team to take on the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday with a number of players back in action to boost the Stormers.

Grey celebrates founder’s 200th birthday in style

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On invitation by Grey College the Toyota Free State Cheetahs will be playing against Cardiff Blues on Saturday, the 4th of August on the main field at Grey College.  The game will be played in memory of Sir George Grey, founder of Grey College, who would have been 200 years old this year.

Potgieter boost for Bulls

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The Vodacom Bulls have been bolstered by the availability of flanker Jacques Potgieter for Saturday’s Vodacom Super Rugby match against the Toyota Cheetahs at Loftus Versfeld.

Young props for Cheetahs

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The Cheetahs have named their side to face the Bulls this weekend which includes a number of youngsters included in starting XV

Trevor Nyaka and Marcel van der Merwe will pack down on the loose-head and tight-head side respectively for the boys from Bloem.

Force signs Sias

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The Emirates Western Force recruitment drive for the 2013 season is in full swing with the signing of Cheetahs flyhalf Sias Ebersohn to the squad on a two year deal as the club’s foreign developing player.

Drew back for Tahs

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NSW fan favourite Drew Mitchell will pull on the sky blue jersey for the first time in over 12 months on Sunday when the HSBC Waratahs take on the Cheetahs in Bloemfontain.

Lambie fit for Bloem derby

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Sharks coach John Plumtree has opted to once more go, as far as possible, with the team that beat the Force, with just two changes made for the Cheetahs game, according toSharks website editor Michael Marnewick.

Cheetahs drop Sias

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Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske has dropped Sias Ebersohn to the bench for their derby match against the Sharks in Bloemfontein.

50-up for Brussow

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Heinrich Brussow will earn his 50th Super Rugby cap when he runs out against the Stormers this weekend.

Minimum changes to Force side

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The Emirates Western Force has named a relatively unchanged side for their clash against the Cheetahs on Saturday evening in Bloemfontein with Richard Brown and Sam Wara elevated to the run on side from the bench.

Highlanders make one change

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Highlanders’ Head Coach, Jamie Joseph, has named his team to play the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday.