RugbyWe've got good loose-forwards of our own - Strydom
─── MORGAN PIEK 14:38 Tue, 10 May 2022
The Toyota Cheetahs will be keeping a fine eye on the Sharks’ team selection ahead of Saturday’s Currie Cup game in Bloemfontein.
The feeling in the Cheetahs camp is that the Sharks will be loading their team with their United Rugby Championship players.
This could make for quite an interesting game among the loose-forwards with the team from Durban having players such as the Springbok captain, Siya Kolisi, as well as Sikhumbuzo Notshe and Jeandré Labuschagne at their disposal.
Labuschagne played for the Cheetahs when he was on loan from the Sharks. During the Toyota Challenge in Bloemfontein, he played against the Sharks and was largely instrumental in their victory in that game.
By the same token, the Cheetahs’ captain, Ruan Pienaar, played for the Sharks in the aforementioned match.
Cheetahs assistant coach, Charl Strydom, told OFM Sport that Labuschagne is a handful on the park, but he is certain their loose-forwards will have an impact on the game.
“He is a really good ball-carrier and he has an excellent work rate. They have some good loose-forwards, I think that Notshe played for them last week. So, he is back to full fitness.
“Upfront is where it normally starts, but we've got good loose-forwards of our own. We've got Gideon van der Merwe and Jeandré Rudolph, and Andisa Ntsila who played well when he came on.
“Mihali Mosi in his turn is growing as a player each week. It's going to be a real good tussle.”
Saturday’s game at the Toyota Stadium kicks off at 14:30.
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