Thursday, February 23, 2006
CHEETAHS VS HIGHLANDERS I
Same again for Cheetahs?
22/02/2006 21:32 - (SA)
Hendrik Cronje, Die Volksblad
Bloemfontein - If Barry Goodes is passed fit the Cheetahs will probably name an unchanged 22-man squad for their Super 14 match against the Highlanders in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
The only possible change to the squad that beat the Sharks 27-26 could be at inside centre after Goodes injured his knee in a training session earlier this week.
Cheetahs team doctor Org Strauss said: "Barry's injury isn't serious and he should be ready for the match."
One of the stars in the match against the Sharks, left wing Gaffie du Toit, had a slight hamstring strain, but he looked good in practice on Wednesday.
Goodes, who is keeping the All Blacks centre Keith Lowen out of the team, has impressed with his tackling. His ball distribution has improved the past season and he has become a major cog in the backline.
It is a foregone conclusion that Meyer Bosman will retain the flyhalf jersey ahead of Willem de Waal. Bosman looked sharper in training this week and in a contact session with the Shimlas he looked like the player who became a Springbok at the end of last year.
Bosman and scrumhalf Michael Claassens combined very well against the Shimlas. Claassens is working very hard on his tactical kicking and he could surprise the Highlanders.
A possible Cheetahs team: Bevin Fortuin, Giscard Pieters, Ronnie Cooke, Barry Goodes, Gaffie du Toit, Meyer Bosman, Michael Claassens, Ryno van der Merwe, Juan Smit (c), Kabamba Floors, Barend Pieterse, Corniel van Zyl, CJ van der Linde, Tiaan Liebenberg, Os du Randt.
Gaffie nursing a hammie
Floors have a groin strain
Goodes injuring a knee-
Well Dr Strauss- time to get the Cheetahs on the field, it seems that by week 11 you will be using a bit of ducktape
Goodes is good (no pun intended), but I do believe Lowan would add a nz spice to the backline.
And losies there are plenty of in the central country, so injury to one or two shouldn't cripple them.
BTW - where in the world is Willem De Waal ?
Good luck for this weekend. I am a Highlanders supporter and the Cheetahs look like a more daunting task compared to the other new boys! Watch out wide for big Kinikinilau. He is from Wellington but playing for the Highlanders and is tough to stop.
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