Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
11 Oct 2013
7:00 am

Goosen given the green light

Rudolph Jacobs

Johann Goosen is back in business – and the Cheetahs are smiling.

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

While there’s no doubt about the flyhalf’s prodigious talent, the Cheetahs wunderkind now stands on the verge of another high-profile return after a long-term injury. Whether it’s premature again remains to be seen.

Goosen, who only turned 21 three months ago, will make a surprise return from the Cheetahs bench in the deciding Currie Cup clash against the Blue Bulls in Bloemfontein tomorrow, after passing a late fitness test yesterday.

Bok coach Heyneke Meyer will be watching keenly as he is a fan of the young pivot. Goosen hasn't played in the Currie Cup and was last in action seven months ago when he injured his knee in the Super Rugby competition.

He has been training with the Cheetahs squad the entire week and will come in to replace wing Piet Lindeque on the bench, but will only be asked to play the last quarter.

For Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske to use him in a possible semifinal next weekend, Goosen has to play at least a few minutes. Goosen himself is very positive and wants to play, but wisely put his faith in the Cheetahs medical team and, according to the player, relied on their important decision.

He has a history of regular injuries ranging from shoulder, stomach, heel and knee injuries in his short career, while an appendix operation delayed his recent recovery.

That he is a match-winner of note is, however, undeniable and in his four Tests for the Springboks last year he underlined his immense potential, although in his last Test against the All Blacks he couldn’t kick because of his heel injury which troubled his kicking foot.