Cheetahs lose captain Venter

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 11:27
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: The Free State Cheetahs will be without captain Francois Venter for their clash against Western Province at Newlands on Friday.

Venter was ruled out with injury and Nico Lee comes in at outside centre. Scrumhalf Tian Meyer will captain the team in Cape Town.

The other changes from the side that beat the Blue Bulls last weekend are all in the front row.

Charles Marias, Jacques du Toit and Johan Coetzee will be switching places with Retshegofaditswe Nche, Torsten van Jaarsveld and Tom Botha in the starting line-up.

Free State Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Rayno Benjamin, 13 Nico Lee, 12 Williams Small-Smith, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Tian Meyer (captain), 8 Niell Jordaan, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Jacques du Toit, 1 Charles Marais.
Replacements: 16 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 17 Retshegofaditswe Nche, 18 Tom Botha, 19 Justin Basson, 20 Henco Venter, 21 Shaun Venter, 22 Niel Marais, 23 Michael van der Spuy.

Date: Friday, August 19
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
Kick-off: 17.10 (15.10 GMT)
Referee: Craig Joubert
Assistant referees: Stephan Geldenhuys, Paul Mente
TMO: Joey Klaaste-Salmans

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