Monty on Cheetahs threat

Percy Montgomery believes the Cheetahs are fortunate to have two flyhalves who can play different styles of rugby.

Having scalped the Chiefs in Durban last weekend, the Sharks have now turned their attention to the Cheetahs, who beat the Natalians in the Currie Cup last year. It was that King’s Park defeat that sent the Sharks on a downward spiral, as they failed to qualify for the semi-finals.

Willem de Waal wore the No 10 jersey in Durban last year and is expected to run out again for Saturday’s Vodacom Super 14 encounter. De Waal started against the Bulls in the opening round, when heavy rain made the Bloemfontein pitch heavy underfoot, but coach Rassie Erasmus may just surprise the Sharks by selecting Meyer Bosman if the weather in Durban is good.

“Willem and Meyer are two very different flyhalves,” Monty told “Willem is more of a tactical, kicking No 10 while Meyer likes to run the ball. The Cheetahs are lucky to have them both in the side, because it gives them options.”

Montgomery’s Super 14 career at flyhalf got off to the perfect start last Friday when he scored 25 points against the Chiefs, including two tries. The first came when Ruan Pienaar darted away from a scrum and fed Gcobani Bobo, who offloaded to Monty. The flyhalf didn’t bother taking on the forwards in front of him – instead, he dived straight over them for the “touchdown”.

“People are asking if I’ve considered a career in American Football,” laughs Montgomery. “But no, I’ve never done a Naas. In fact, I’m actually still waiting for Naas to give me his contact details for the Dallas Cowboys!”

The Sharks were thrilled to pocket four points from a match many expected them to lose.

“From a personal point of view it was great to score two tries – you don’t get much better than that,” said Montgomery. “The win was also great for the team, a great morale booster for the guys. The tries definitely rate as one of the highlights of my Super 12/14 career so far.”