Cheetahs new-look squad ready for 2015


Toyota Free State Cheetahs scrumhalf, Sarel Pretorius, has said that he is looking forward to the 2015 Super Rugby season, as there is exciting talent in the “new-look” squad.

The Cheetahs lost many players after the 2014 Currie Cup season, which includes captain and hooker Adriaan Strauss, prop Trevor Nyakane, and flank Lappies Labuschagne, who have all moved to the Vodacom Blue Bulls.

As well as flyhalf Johan Goosen who has moved to Racing Metro in France, scrumhalf Kevin Luiters has moved to the Eastern Province Kings, centre Howard Mnisi has accepted a position at the Xerox Golden Lions and Philip van der Walt has moved to Biarritz in France.

New players that have joined the Cheetahs are fullback Joe Pietersen, wing Sergeal Petersen, prop BG Uys, flank Devin Oosthuizen and utility back Coenie van Wyk. Other age- group players will be joining the team soon after they have graduated to the senior squad.

"It's not easy to lose players, especially when you have an established squad. But we have a good thing going here at the Cheetahs as the new squad is looking very good," Pretorius said.

"Guys like Joe Pietersen will add vital experience, while the youngsters have really impressed, especially during the Currie Cup. There's a lot to look forward to."

Pretorius added that he enjoyed the 2014 Currie Cup, especially one specific game.

"Playing my 100th Currie Cup game and winning it was a great honour. That will be a memory that will stick with me always," he said.