Cheetahs prop Coenie Oosthuizen is fast becoming a fan favourite for the way that he carries and handles the ball, and of course his power up front. Against the Hurricanes he was on the losing side, but scored twice and made one big charge in particular.
Still just 24-years-old, and weighing in at a whopping 125kg’s plus, the front rower affectionately known as Shrek earned his first Springbok cap against England last year.
A product of the prestigious Grey College, Oosthuizen has become a try-scorer of note for the Cheetahs, and one to watch with ball in hand. In recent years he has had back and neck problems, but against the Hurricanes he showed that he’s looking as strong as ever.
The Cheetahs came close but a 39-34 home defeat will have been a disappointment after such an impressive overseas tour. Oosthuizen crossed twice with powerful tries, and earlier made a huge charge that knocked strong tackler Jack Lam to the turf.
“He was a little bit unlucky, I think I caught him on the wrong foot,” said Oosthuizen at the halftime on-field interview. “I feel bad for him, hopefully he’s okay.”
Lam had to leave the field but he has been announced in the Hurricanes’ starting lineup for their upcoming clash with the Chiefs at the Cake Tin. The Cheetahs will host the Reds on Saturday.