'Rested' Boks to fire up Cheetahs

Tue, 08 Oct 2013 15:44
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Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské will lean on the leadership qualities of Adriaan Strauss as his team chases third place on the Currie Cup standings.

Free State Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské will lean on the leadership qualities of Adriaan Strauss as his team chases third place on the Currie Cup standings.

The Cheetahs host the Blue Bulls in Bloemfontein on Saturday in the final round a league action - a match that is a knock-out game of sorts.

The Bulls must win, with a four-try bonus point and deny the Cheetahs a bonus point of any kind, to ensure they advance.

The Cheetahs need just a solitary bonus point to book their place in the semifinals.

With so much riding on the encounter, it is not surprising that Drotské will rush back his returning Springboks - Strauss and prop Coenie Oosthuizen.

And both are expected to feature in the starting XV on Saturday.

"We are very happy about the return of Coenie [Oosthuizen] and Adriaan [Strauss]," Drotské told this website.

"They will make a huge difference to our team, especially Adriaan [Strauss], who was our captain in Super Rugby.

"The guys look up to him and it is great to have him back."

Drotské confirmed that both will go straight back into the starting XV, although there is still some uncertainty whether Oosthuizen will play loosehead prop or his new preferred position of tighthead.

"Both of them are well rested," the Cheetahs coach said.

"Adriaan did not play in all the Tests and some of the Bok games he rested.

"Coenie, most of the time, played just 20 or 25 minutes for the Boks.

"Neither of them are overplayed and both are keen to play, for me that is the most important."

The Cheetahs mentor told this website he must still make a call about how he will use his two Bok props - Trevor Nyakane and Oosthuizen.

"We had a split session of line-outs and scrums [on Tuesday]," Drotské said, adding: "The team will only be finalised on Wednesday.

"The advantage is that Trevor and Coenie, who are both loosehead props, can also both play at tighthead - that gives us plenty of options."

The Cheetahs don't have any major injury issues, with utility back Riaan Smit likely to return from his calf injury only next week and hooker Hercu Liebenberg out this week with a rib injury he suffered against Griquas at the weekend.

Bok Sevens flyer Rayno Benjamin is back from his hamstring injury.

By Jan de Koning

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Fri, 26 August 2016
Golden Lions v Boland 15h00 Johannesburg
Pumas v Griquas 17h10 Kimberley
Sat, 27 August 2016
New Zealand v Australia 07h35 Wellington
EP Kings v Western Province 14h00 Port Elizabeth
Sharks v Blue Bulls 16h10 Durban
Argentina v South Africa 19h40 Salta
RESULT SCORE
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
CURRIE CUP
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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