In this final edition of the series of articles, dissecting the contenders for the Cheetahs squad, we are going to look at the players vying for the fullback berth. GBS has been putting the pressure on, for me to finish, in the vain hope that the Breezers, Guppies, Pink Nulle, and Kitties get their contenders on the table.
It is almost time, but still almost a month before the first salvos in this years Super Rugby competition gets fired.
Enough time methinks for these scribes to put fingers to keyboards!
Without further ado, here are the Cheetahs contenders for the Last Outpost:
D.O.B: 05 April 1984
Vital Statistics: (H) 194 cm (W) 101 kg
His claim: Cape Town born (poor fella) and a product of Paarl Gym. He has had quite a busy rugby career to date. u/18 Craven Week for WP in 2002, and in the same year SA Schools team. Signed for the Bulls in 2003, and was selected for the Junior Boks for the IRB- FIRA u/19 World Cup in the same year. In 2004 and 2005 he was again part of the u/21 Junior Bok team. He continued to represent the Bulls, at Vodacom Cup, and Currie Cup level until2006. He then moved to the Boland for a year, and then finally settled at the Cheetahs in 2008. He has been the prefered choice at the Cheetahs since.
Strengths: A big rangy player, with a prodigous boot. He fits the Cheetahs game plan well, linking with players on attack from deep, and sending booming touchfinders. Very good under the high bombs as well.
Weaknesses: None worth mentioning.
Bok poetential: 28 years old, I doubt it, but a very useful player to have.
D.O.B: 30 January 1983
Vital statistics: (H) 192 cm (W) 92 Kg
His claim: Born in Paarl, it seems Vogt came out of nowhere to be selected for the Emerging Boks in 2008. He started his senior rugby career at the Pumas in 2007, and he represented them in the Vodacom, and Currie Cup until 2009. In that period he experienced Super rugby action with the Lions. In 2010 he was signed by Griquas, and had a sterling season in 2011.
Strengths: Also a big lad, Rudi is a potent counter attack weapon from fullback. He is also an accomplished goal kicker. Good under the high ball, and a good punter of the ball.
Weaknesses: None really.
Bok potential: A late bloomer, it is doubtful.
The following contenders have already been discussed in previous posts:
Willie le Roux, Riaan Smit and Nico Scheepers.
Hennie Daniller’s big boot, safety under the high ball, and consitency, should seee him get the nod. Willie le Roux seems to be earmarked for the role fulfilled by Riaan Viljoen, and he will push Hennie hard. Strangely enough, Vogt would be a good choice for most teams, but he seems to be the last man standing, with le Roux’s “flair” factor seemingly getting Naka’s nod. Not that Vogt, lacked any attacking flair, to my mind. That said, Naka has enough cover for fullback, with Vogt, Scheepers, and Smit able to slot in should any of Daniller, or le Roux get injured.
So it’s now all down to the players and the coach. The Cheetahs have got a very useful group of players with a nice blend of experience, and youth.
So now lets hear it from the BOYS! (Stormers, Lions, Bulls, and Sharks)