Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
5 Mar 2014
9:00 am

Goosen joins Cheetahs’ injured list

Rudolph Jacobs

The Cheetahs' injury concerns Down Under seem to be gaining momentum daily.

Johan Goosen from the Cheetahs. FILE PIC. © Gerhard Steenkamp/BackpagePix

Coach Naka Drotske was set to name his squad yesterday for their second Super Rugby match on tour against the Reds in Brisbane on Friday, but with his injury worries growing to four players, he has postponed the team announcement until today.

Flyhalf Johan Goosen (knee) and prop Coenie Oosthuizen (neck) have been added to the list after there were initially only concerns over wing Raymond Rhule (ankle) and flanker Lappies Labuschagne (heel).

The situation regarding Goosen and Labuschagne seem to be slightly more positive with the prospects of them returning to training today, but Rhule and Oosthuizen could both miss the game.

It will create a scenario for Drotske where Willie le Roux will be moved back to wing to accommodate Hennie Daniller at fullback with Rayno Benjamin coming on to the bench, while Trevor Nyakane could start in the less familiar role of tighthead with Maks van Dyk added to the replacements.

Meanwhile, the Reds have named winger Rod Davies for his first Super Rugby game of the season.

According to the 2011 champions’ website, Davies replaces Lachie Turner, who has been ruled out with a troubling knee injury. Having often helped out at fullback and flyhalf, Mike Harris has been named in midfield, replacing Anthony Fainga’a at inside centre. He will be joined by Chris Feauai-Sautia at outside centre for his first start of the year.