Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Rugby | Vodacom Super Rugby

Cheetahs sign Sergeal



The Toyota Cheetahs may be undergoing a bit of a player exodus at the moment, but they have snapped up some exceptional young talent for next year’s Vodacom Super Rugby series.

The Cheetahs have signed former Southern Kings and SA under-20 winger Sergeal Petersen for next year’s competition after his contract ends at the end of this season.

While Petersen will stay with the Kings for the Absa Currie Cup for 2014 and 2015, he has done a deal with the Cheetahs and will give coach Naka Drotske a lot more options alongside his two Springboks, Willie le Roux and Cornal Hendricks, in the backline.

The Cheetahs have also contracted Pumas and Lions fullback Coenie van Wyk for next season after he impressed in his debut season with the Lions this year and also gives them another exciting option in their back three.

Van Wyk, who was loaned to the Lions along with Faf de Klerk from the Pumas, will finish out the year in Nelspruit before moving to Bloemfontein for the new season.

The Cheetahs last month also snapped up former Tuks, Blue Bulls and current Lions flyhalf Willie du Plessis, who will give them back-up to Elgar Watts for the upcoming season after getting little playing time in Johannesburg since his move last season to the Lions.

Du Plessis was in the Tuks side that won the Varsity Cup two years ago and it will be interesting to see what he does with the opportunity at Super Rugby level.

Negotiations are in an advanced stage to bring former Bulls and Lions prop Bees Roux to Bloemfontein, as he ends his association with the Lions and his contract should be completed in the next few days.

The signings are sure to offset the losses the Cheetahs have suffered as already they have lost the likes of Johan Goosen to Racing Metro in France and are set to lose Springboks Trevor Nyakane (Stormers/Bulls) and captain Adriaan Strauss (Bulls).

Other players who have confirmed their moves include fullback Hennie Daniller to Zebre in Italy, Riaan “True Blue” Smit to Oyonnax in France, Ligtoring Landman (Newport and Gwent Dragons), Nick Schonert (Worcester Warriors), Kevin Luiters (EP Kings) and Andries Ferreira (Zebre).

Lappies Labuschagne is another who is set to leave the province, and is considering offers from the Bulls and Sharks respectively.

Add to this the name of midfielder Piet Lindeque, who has apparently been released from his contract to concentrate rather on his farming business, and the new signings couldn’t come at a better time.



Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Latest Video Highlights

Sports Talk



Kyle Brown
Bloodied but unbowed
It will take a bit of time for the pain to settle and for us to realise that the sun will rise...

Tony Johnson
Some accountability at last
The fact that Sanzar has responded to some shoddy refereeing over the weekend is good. We have some...

Brendan Venter
Success determined by injury list
As we approach the business end of the Super Rugby season, I believe that the team which has their...

Brenden Nel
Where is the Blitz in these Boks?
The spectacular implosion by the Blitzboks to hand their World Series lead – and then the title –...

Gavin Rich
Relax, the World Cup isn't won in May
It’s been a long time since a Super Rugby weekend has been so abjectly poor for South Africans, and...

Super Wrap
SuperWrap: Week 14, 2015
An optimist will look at a glass of water and call it half-full. A pessimist will look at that same...