Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
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1 Feb 2014
6:00 am

Coach Drotske keeps his Cheetahs side busy

Rudolph Jacobs

Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske is leaving no stone unturned to ensure his charges are battle-ready for the Super Rugby kick-off in a fortnight.

Cheetahs coach, Naka Drotske. Picture: Johan Pretorius/Gallo Images.

The Cheetahs will play their fourth pre-season game today against the Pumas in Bloemfontein, after runs against the Shimlas, Madibaz and the Kings.

This week Drotske dropped his Springbok prop Trevor Nyakane to the bench as he believed Caylib Oosthuizen performed better in the week-long camp in Jeffreys Bay.

Today’s game has been moved from Parys to the Old Grey’s ground in Bloemfontein.

Today also marks the comeback of Sarel Pretorius, pictured, from the bench although he is believed to have fallen behind in the pecking order with electrifying former Puma scrumhalf Shaun Venter making a big impression on Drotske.

Meanwhile, it is a case of the status quo remaining although backline coach Hawies Fourie will take up the Griquas coaching job after the competition and Michael Horak is joining the Kings after the Varsity Cup.

Bok flyhalf Johan Goosen is also set to get a full 80 minutes after only playing the first half in the Friendly City last weekend, while Cornal Hendricks is set to continue his emphatic performances in the No 14 jersey.

Kick-off is at 5pm.