Super Rugby
Cheetahs looking to re-sign Sias Ebersohn
ESPN Staff
May 14, 2014
Sias Ebersohn signed a two-year deal with Western Force in 2012 © Getty Images

The Cheetahs want to re-sign Sias Ebersohn, the Bloemfontein native in career-best form with Western Force, Volksblad reports in South Africa.

Ebersohn left the Cheetahs for Perth after the 2012 Super Rugby season, having won 31 caps, because he was second-elect playmaker behind Johan Goosen and because of a public falling-out with coach Naka Drotske. Goosen, however, has remained injury-prone and is now reported in South Africa to be verging on completing a deal to join French Top 14 semi-finalists Racing Metro.

Ebersohn kicked three penalties and two penalties for the Force in their weekend 23-16 victory against the Cheetahs, for whom Goosen slotted three penalties and a conversion.

"Goosen has been eyeing a move since early in the season, and is likely to sign for French club Racing Metro in the next few days," Supersport reported. "The Bok went to France earlier in the season during a bye week for the Cheetahs and visited both Racing and Toulon. [He] has also been in talks with the Stormers, although this is the least likely option on his plate."

The Volksblad newspaper, meanwhile, reported that Rian Smit is also set to leave the Cheetahs for Europe, leaving the Bloemfontein-based franchise with just Elgar Watts as a recognised fly-half and prompting the reported interest in luring Ebersohn home.

Goosen's agent, Anthony Johnson, told Supersport: "We have discussed Johan with the various interested parties as well as the Springbok management team. We will most likely finalise Johan's future in the next few days."

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