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Coenie's future not in jeopardy
November 15, 2012, 12:42:06

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The Cheetahs have quelled fears that the rugby future of Bok prop Coenie Oosthuizen could be in jeopardy.

Oosthuizen sustained two big injuries this year. First he injured his neck playing for the Boks against England in June and then picked up a back injury playing against Western Province in the Currie Cup. The latter injury also ruled him out of the Boks' current European tour.

Recent rumours have surfaced that his career may be in jeopardy, but Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské dismissed it.

"There is no worry over Coenie's injury," he told the Volksblad website. "His visit to a specialist in about two or three weeks' time is just routine."

Oosthuizen is expected to be ready for action in January, which means he should start in the Cheetahs' first Super Rugby match against the Sharks in Bloemfontein on February 23.

Meanwhile, the central franchise received further good news with fullback Willie le Roux (groin) and loose forward Philip van der Walt (knee) not needing operations. Le Roux is expected to be ready in about two weeks' time, with Van der Walt likely to be back in January.

However, injured flank Heinrich Brüssow (shoulder) is in a race against time to be ready for their Australasian tour straight after the Sharks game.

Flank Lappies Labuschagné (ankle) and flyhalf Johan Goosen (knee) should also be ready for the Super Rugby competition.

Great news all round but how will Coenie go at tighthead - can he adapt.


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RE: Coenie's future not in jeopardy
November 15, 2012, 15:36:46

Delighted to hear about Coenie.   Has great hopes for him in future.   Also hope that Goosen is bulking up a bit - anoither 6 kilos will be ideal and help to strengthn him against future injuries.

There seems to be some really food players in the Cheetah squad for next year and it would be interesting to see how they progress in Super 15.   They are travelling better than they did in the past and it is fetting harder to beat them at home.  Real possibilities of them moving up on the log next year.


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RE: Coenie's future not in jeopardy
November 15, 2012, 16:12:20

The Cheetahs seem to be keeping their players a bit more these days  - who have they lost. Ashley Johnston comes to mind  and of course Sias.  I thought their squad had better depth than usual. Heck we may even see Juan Smith back? 

But re Coenie I wonder if that back injury had anything to do with the kneck injury or was it just bad luck. I hope he makes it as he was looking great just before th atinjury. Beast also needs to be sorted out medically.


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RE: Coenie's future not in jeopardy
November 16, 2012, 02:42:45

 Coenie is quoted as saying that he is going to play tighhead, because playing loose head hurts his neck. Not sure if this started happening only after the neck injury. Perhaps he will comeback and say that playing tighthead hurts his back. Maybe he should play hooker?

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RE: Coenie's future not in jeopardy
November 16, 2012, 20:23:31

i rate coenie big time, the potential he has to be the next os du randt who IMO is the worlds best loose head prop ever, but he needs to get a handle on these injuries.

i really hope coenie overcomes that neck and back problem, cos he was one of the form props in the spXV, right up there with taumalolo.
but i am a bit sekptic about his move to tight head, i thought he was useless when came of the bench against the All Blacks, his first scrum he gave away a penalty when he couldnt put on a bind and carter had a shot at goal,,,,cant remember if carter converted it though??? but i do remember wood[removed] giving him a lesson at the scrums.
coenies presence around the field was minimal too, probably due to the pressure that woody and the All Blacks were putting him and the Boks under at the scrums. normally coenie is a freaking human cannonball always charging that ball up field, a trait of his at the cheetahs that made me a huge fan, but sadly not this time.

if he is suffering neck problems at loosehead, then the move to tighthead makes a bit of sense, but the reality is anywhere in the front row is going to put pressure on the neck and back area, so could this be another case of a solid player whose body cant handle the rigours of rugby??? we already have a brussow and goosen is under that light, so im wondering what is in the cheetahs drinking water??? o_O

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