Viljoen back for Cheetahs

Wed, 10 Apr 2013 13:58
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Cheetah coach, Naka Drotské has been forced to make changes to his team for their Super Rugby crunch match against the Bulls.

Cheetah coach, Naka Drotské has been forced to make changes to his team for their Super Rugby crunch match against the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday.

There are two changes from the team that edged the Stormers in Bloemfontein last weekend.

Loose forward Frans Viljoen returns from injury and will play off the bench, while veteran utility back Tewis de Bruyn will also be on the bench.

Regular scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius has been ruled out with the hamstring injury he suffered after coming on as a second-half replacement against the Stormers last week.

The nippy No.9 felt the hamstring tightening in the pre-match warm-up, but was still called upon as an early second-half replacement for Piet van Zyl.

Even though Pretorius was given additional three minutes to 'warm-up', the dash for the line for a match-changing try - after charging down an attempted clearance - was just too much for his brittle hamstring.

A date for his return has not been set.

Van Zyl will start and De Bruyn will provide cover off the bench.

Fullback Hennie Daniller has recovered from the rib injury sustained against the Stormers and will take his place in the No.15 jersey.

Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Willie le Roux, 13 Johan Sadie, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Burton Francis, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Pieter Labuschagne, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lodewyk De Jager, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Trevor Nyakane.
Replacements: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Coenie Oosthuizen, 18 Rynhard Landman, 19 Frans Viljoen, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Francois Brummer, 22 Ryno Benjamin.

Date: Saturday, April 13
Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kick-off: 19.10 (17.10 GMT)
Referee: Jason Jaftha (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa), Sieg van Staden (South Africa)
TMO: Gerrie Coetzee (South Africa)

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