Having been properly rested during the course of the Vodacom Super 14, Os du Randt is looking forward to another Test season with the Springboks.
The loosehead prop is being carefully managed to ensure his availability for the 2007 World Cup and made only two appearances in the Currie Cup last year. Fortunately for Jake White, Cheetahs coach Rassie Erasmus has also reduced the Super 14 workload of the 61-Test veteran by making use of Ollie le Roux and Wian du Preez at No 1.
“Rassie has rotated us well all year, which I know will make Jake very happy” Du Randt told keo.co.za. “I’m in great shape and am pulling my weight on the field, which is what the coaches want. Hopefully, I’ve played well enough to make the Springbok squad again this year.”
Du Randt said the Cheetahs had justified their place in the Vodacom Super 14.
“We waited eight years to get our own franchise, and our performances this year showed we deserved to get it,” he said. “We’ve won four matches and lost three by narrow margins. With a bit more luck, we could be in the top half of the table.”
The Cheetahs have four current Boks in their squad – Du Randt, Juan Smith, Meyer Bosman and Michael Claassens – but could increase that number when Jake White names his extended Bok squad later this month.
“I think a number of our players have put their hands up for Springbok selection, especially up front,” said Os. “Hopefully they’ve caught Jake’s attention.”
The local Bloemfontein press believes centre Ronnie Cooke, hooker Tiaan Liebenberg, loosehead prop Wian du Preez and tighthead prop Jannie du Plessis all have an outside chance of making White’s squad.
By Simon Borchardt