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Coenie will be managed
January 17, 2013, 11:28:56

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prop Coenie Oosthuizen will be specifically managed to ensure he returns to the field in Vodacom Super Rugby at his optimum fitness level, coach Naka Drotske has said.

Oosthuizen, who twice was withdrawn from Springbok duty after complaining about the neck injury, has been slowly working on his rehabilitation and there is a hope he will be fit and ready for the Toyota Cheetahs’ opening game against the Sharks on February 23.

The Bok prop’s injury has been a source of concern since he was withdrawn from Bok duty, and considering the seriousness of it, forced him to miss a huge chunk of the 2012 season.

But now with the prognosis being good, Drotske is hopeful Oosthuizen will be available for duty again when the competition begins, especially as the Cheetahs have lost both WP Nel and Marcel van der Merwe from their front row since the 2012 competition.

Coenie has been undergoing rehabilitation and its going very well so far,” Drotske told, “He hasn’t scrummed yet and hasn’t taken a lot of contact, but we’re sure he will be ready. He has to be given the go-ahead by the specialist, but if he says he is ready, then he will be.”

With the Cheetahs' depth looking better this year with acquisitions like Johann Sadie, Elgar Watts and JP Nel, there is also some attention being given to the fitness of flyhalf Johan Goosen, who is the playmaker Drotske will base his game plan around.

Goosen struggled with injuries last year, missing part of Super Rugby and then the international season when he injured both his shoulder and knee. But hope is that he will be able to face the Bulls in the pre-season friendly in Polokwane on February 9 and will remain injury free this season.

“We’ll definitely be looking to him to kickstart our campaign,” Drotske added, “He was sensational last year before he was injured and we’re expecting a lot from him this year.”

Of the others, only lock Andries Ferreira and flanker Heinrich Brussow remain a concern for the opening game, while Willie le Roux, Lappies Labuschagne and Phillip van der Walt have all recovered from niggles in pre-season.

How about Juan Smith - anybod yhere anything.

Well dispite all fears there does seem a possiblity that Coenie will come back.




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RE: Coenie will be managed
January 17, 2013, 11:42:56


I am really worried about the nature of the injuries sustained by Coenie.   Bearing in mind the Van Biljon case of a decade ago - both, but especially the neck injury, can be career-threatening.   Van Biljon recovered fully - but after his operation and treatment he never was the player he was before.   Psychological damage was the main problem.  

The question remains - will Coenie be the same hard-scrummaging prop he used to be?   I am not sure that anyone really has the answer - it can only be providd on he field of play by the player himself.

Brussoue seems to be constantly injured - he was out for most of 2012 I believe.   A very good loosie - he is unlikely to make the Springboks in future - there re just too many younger, fitter and less-injury-prone competition for selection as a no 6 for the national team 

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