Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
22 Mar 2014
12:00 pm

Strauss marks a milestone as Cheetahs captain

Rudolph Jacobs

Today marks another chapter in Cheetahs skipper Adriaan Strauss' already distinguished career – but you can bet your bottom dollar he will swap it for at least one win on their disastrous tour.

FILE PICTURE: Adriaan Strauss of South Africa during the 2013 Castle Lager Rugby Championship South Africa captains run at Newlands in Cape Town, South Africa on September 27, 2013©Barry Aldworth/BackpagePix

Strauss, 28, will captain the Cheetahs for a landmark 50th time today in his 95th Super Rugby game against the Blues in Auckland, but he has been hugely disappointed with the three straight losses on tour.

Strauss, left, made his Super Rugby debut for the Bulls against the Hurricanes in 2006 at Loftus, but returned the next year to Bloemfontein, his place of birth.

His 160 lineout throws won last season ranked second overall in Super Rugby, just two behind Australian hooker Stephen Moore. He was one of 10 Cheetahs to feature in all 17 of the matches, including the play-off game – a total of 1 312.

“Last week against the Hurricanes I thought we played well for the first 20-30 minutes,” he said of the 60-27 hammering.

“But the Hurricanes are a team who can make you pay once they cross the advantage line, especially when you are down to 14 men,” he said in reference to the yellow card to fullback Willie le Roux shortly after half-time.

As captain, Strauss has led the Currie Cup team to many successful seasons, including the 2009 final and semifinals in 2010, 2011 and 2013.

His excellent 2009 campaign gained him a spot in the Springbok squad for the end-of-year tour of Europe.

After a great Currie Cup, Strauss was again selected by the Springboks to tour Britain and Ireland in 2010 and he was appointed vice-captain in 2012, while last year he shared the duties and the No 2 jersey with Sharks skipper Bismarck du Plessis.

He has earned 33 Springbok caps since his debut in 2008, and while next year’s World Cup is a major focus, his immediate concern is to get them back to being a proud winning team.

And that’s a tall order.