Cheetahs sign Sias’ replacement

Thu, 04 Oct 2012 14:06
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The Cheetahs have found a suitable replacement for Western Force-bound flyhalf Sias Ebersohn.

The Cheetahs have found a suitable replacement for Western Force-bound flyhalf Sias Ebersohn.

Volksblad reports that Boland flyhalf Elgar Watts has signed a one-year contract with the Cheetahs and will join the Bloemfontein outfit in November.

27-year-old Watts formed part of the Free State Cheetahs Currie Cup training squad on a trial basis but nothing came of it as he was summoned back to Boland duty.  

Cheetahs backline coach Hawies Fourie was pleased with their latest acquisition and said Watts is a perfect fit for the team’s attacking gameplan.
 
According to Fourie, they tried to retain Ebersohn on a deal similar to that of scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius, which would see Ebersohn play Super Rugby for the Western Force and return to Bloemfontein for Currie Cup duty.  
 
“There was a possibility that Sias would return for the Currie Cup season but it didn’t work out,” said Fourie. “The Western Force appointed a new coach [Michael Foley] and he doesn’t want to release his players.”

Watts will be one of four flyhalves vying for the Cheetahs number 10 jersey in this next year’s Super Rugby tournament along with Springbok pivot Johan Goosen, Riaan Smit and Griquas ace Francois Brummer.
 
Meanwhile, prop Marcel van der Merwe has confirmed he has put pen to paper on a deal that will see him join the Bulls ahead of the 2013 Super Rugby season.
 
The 121kg front rower primarily plays at tighthead but will scrum down at loosehead for the third week this weekend, where he will likely be used at the Bulls.   
 
Regardless of which side of the scrum he is utilised, Van der Merwe will face healthy competition for a Bulls starting berth in Springboks Dean Greyling and Werner Kruger and promising prospects Dawie Steyn and Morné Mellett.

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Fri, 26 August 2016
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EP Kings v Western Province 14h00 Port Elizabeth
Sharks v Blue Bulls 16h10 Durban
Argentina v South Africa 19h40 Salta
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Sat, 20 August 2016
South Africa v Argentina 30 | 23
Golden Lions v Griquas 24 | 30
Australia v New Zealand 8 | 42
Fri, 19 August 2016
Blue Bulls v EP Kings 49 | 35
Western Province v Free State Cheetahs 25 | 32
Boland v Sharks 20 | 41
Sat, 13 August 2016
Free State Cheetahs v Blue Bulls 43 | 20
Golden Lions v Pumas 68 | 26
Fri, 12 August 2016
Sharks v Griquas 46 | 24
EP Kings v Boland 10 | 28
Sat, 06 August 2016
Boland v Free State Cheetahs 16 | 44
Hurricanes v Lions 20 | 3
Fri, 05 August 2016
Pumas v Sharks 10 | 33
Blue Bulls v Western Province 45 | 26
Sat, 30 July 2016
Lions v Highlanders 42 | 30
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Team P W D L Pts
Sharks 3 3 0 0 15
Free State Cheetahs 3 3 0 0 14
Blue Bulls 3 2 0 1 10
Golden Lions 2 1 0 1 7
Boland 3 1 0 2 6
Griquas 2 1 0 1 4
Western Province 2 0 0 2 2
EP Kings 2 0 0 2 1
Pumas 2 0 0 2 1