Barnard gets Cheetahs inside lane


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Naka Drotske seems to have made his preliminary choice at flyhalf – and Griquas pivot Conrad Barnard will start off in what is obviously the A-side for the Cheetahs Super 14 trials on Friday (4.30pm) where the Free State Vodacom Cup side will also be playing.

Barnard is preferred to former Bulls player Jacques-Louis Potgieter, and is being paired with Falie Oleschig, although the former Bulls flyhalf will undoubtedly also get a run with the A-side.

Herkie kruger, better known for his exploits at flyhalf over the years, will be at inside centre in the obvious A-side, where he partners JW Jonker in the absence of Meyer Bosman.

With injuries taking their toll, Drotske couldn’t pick his very best, and he has also given Kabamba Floors off for the trial because of his involvement with the national Sevens side in December.

Amongst the injured are Springboks CJ van der Linde, Hendro Scholtz, Meyer Bosman and Bevin Fortuin.

Kobus Calldo gets a run at tighthead in place of Van der Linde with new Springbok Wian du preez on the other side of the scrum, while Fortuin’s injury gives former Bulls and Boland Kavaliers player Hennie Dahniller an opoortunity to impress.

Bosman and Kruger will probably fight it out for the inside centre berth as the season progresses, while the many youngsters at loose forward will have the opportunity to catch Drotske’s eye until Scholtz is fit again.

The teams announced on Tuesday are:

Team 1:

Hennie Dahniller, Eddie Fredericks, JW Jonker, Herkie Kruger, Gavin Passens, Conrad Barnard, Falie Oelschig, Duanne Vermeulen, Juan Smith, Heinrich Brussow, Barend Pieterse, Rory Duncan, Kobus Calldo, Adriaan Strauss, Wian du Preez.

Team 2:

Herman Pretorius, Howard Noble, Lafras Uys, Hendrik Meyer, Jonghi Nokwe, Jacques-Louis Potgieter, Sarel Pretorius, Frans Viljoen, Darron Nell, Wayne van Heerden, David de Villiers, Francois van der Merwe, Bees Roux, Jan’ du Toit, Regardt Dreyer Reserves: Hans van Dyk, Heinrich Stride, Jandre Blom, Tobie Botes, Joel Iggi

Not considered because of injury:

Ronnie Uys, Richard Strauss, CJ van der Linde, Hendro Scholtz, Tewis de Bruyn, Meyer Bosman, Bevin Fortuin.

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