Expect the expected

This weekend the Toyota Cheetahs face off against the DHL Stormers in the next fixture of the pre-season warm-up matches.


The home side have made 14 changes to the starting line-up with only Hennie Daniller surviving in the starting 15 that ran out against the Lions this past weekend. Nothing here is unexpected, but if I look at the comments on the Sport24 and Supersport articles about these changes, either I am missing something or the public as a whole are. These are training matches to give the players some game time ahead of what will be a gruelling Super Rugby season. I does not depend on your previous performance if you get chosen but more along the lines of giving everybody a chance to see what they got.


Finally, the Legend returns!

The Cheetahs will be giving 5 players a run this weekend who are returning from injury, the most notable will be the long awaited vision of Juan Smith in an Orange and White jersey again, although he will only be on for 15 minutes, I am sure he has been prepping himself for two years for this and will probably be giving a 150% from the onset, although I hope that he takes it easy for the first while.


I am also looking forward to the comeback of the other injured players, Willie le Roux’s talent is unquestionable and will be welcomed back with open arms, the comeback of two of our star loose forwards Lappies and Philip should also bulk things up in front and of course new addition Johann Sadie will make his debut for the Cheetahs this weekend against his Province of birth and will be out to show what he’s got.


The Stormers will be led by a former Cheetah, Duane Vermeulen who will give his all to show HM that Pierre Spies is not better than him.


The FSRU have also made tickets to this game free that will hopefully see Free State fill-up with support for both teams, I will be in Bloemfontein this weekend also watching the game, I won’t miss Juan’s comeback for anything.




7 thoughts on “Expect the expected

  1. It’s going to be interesting this weekend. Stormers have selected a decent backline outside of 9/10, and the loosies picked aren’t famous for playing openside.

    I expect them to run at 12. The whole day. And maybe Sadie on the drift off a runaround. He was (unexpectedly) weak there last year for the Bulls.

    If the Stormers front row does to the Cheetahs what the Lions’ did its going to be a very long season for the Cheetahs. Having Strauss back should help. Coenie is to injury-prone to believe he will play the whole season, and that front row got taken apart. We might see a lot of Cheetah props going down “injured” for uncontested scrums.

  2. This does look like a better Cheetahs side than the previous weekend.
    I do not have a problem with teams selecting different teams for warm-ups.

    If I were a Cheetahs supporter I would have love to see Sadie and Eberson playing together to get some time to gel.

    If the media are to be believed the Stormers team will be mostly a second string team with some of the more experience players not being risked against the Cheetahs but will rather play against Boland.

    I think it will still be a good game and will be fun to watch.

    • A mixture

      Stormers: 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Duane Vermeulen (captain), 7 Don Armand, 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Martin Bezuidenhout, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
      Replacements – from: Stephan Coetzee, Pat Cilliers, Ruan Botha, Michael Rhodes, Rayn Smid, Dewaldt Duvenage, Pat Howard, Gerhard van den Heever, Joe Pietersen.

  3. Naka should box clever and use Uys and Viljoen to rotate with Juan, thus lessening his load. Schoeman has shown his value, and can ably back up Brüssow.

    A pack of Nyakane, Strauss, Coenie, Ferreira, Lood, Brüssow, Juan, and van Der Walt will be formidable. Then bring Caylib on for Coenie after 60 min, and move Nyakane to TH. Take Juan off after 40, and send Viljoen/Uys on. both are extra line out options.

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