Posted on Thursday, 05 Nov 2018
Dweba has become a regular in the Cheetahs number-two jersey this season, and he has impressed in the role.The player who just recently turned 23 years old is one of the biggest ball carriers in the Cheetahs’ pack and he is also not shy of the try-line.One aspect of his game that has been a concern has been his lineout throws, however, in recent times it has improved drastically.
Dweba’s brace of tries against the Munster was just not enough to prevent a 30-26 defeat to their Irish outfit. Had the Cheetahs managed to beat Munster, Dweba would more than likely have won back-to-back man of the match awards in the Guinness Pro14 after receiving the accolade a week prior against the Cardiff Blues.His lineout throws were not totally on point on Sunday, however, one also has to bear in mind that it was an exceptionally windy day.The former Springbok assistant coach, Van Graan, told OFM Sport that the player has the potential to play at international level.“I first came across Joseph when I came here as a Springbok assistant. You kind of come in and work with the guys.“His lineout throwing has improved immensely, his off the ball work is very good. He seems to be in very good physical condition.“His ball carriers against us was exceptional as well, and all credit to him and the coaching staff at the Cheetahs for developing him.“He is a player with a lot of potential and he is definitely a guy that can knock on bigger doors in the future.”Being only 23, Dweba still has a long way to go before becoming a Springbok, and it will be very important for him to perform consistently and improve in the process in order to catch the attention of Rassie Erasmus.
The inclusion of the 37-year-old Schalk Brits for the Springboks end-of-year tour to the United Kingdom and France did raise some eyebrows, and perhaps taking a youngster such as Dweba on tour would have been of far more value to rugby in South Africa.The Cheetahs’ next game in the Guinness Pro14 will be in Bloemfontein on 24 November against Benetton Rugby.
Article by Morgan Piek - OFM Sport