New front row for Cheetahs

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 08:04
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Free State Cheetahs head coach Franco Smith has made three changes to his starting XV for their clash against the Eastern Province Kings on Saturday. 

The changes to the team that beat Western Province two weeks ago are all in thr front row with Torsten van Jaarsveld, Tom Botha and Retshegofaditswe Nche repalcing Jacques du Toit, Johan Coetzee and Charles Marais.

Micheal van der Spuy makes his way onto the bench.

The Cheetahs are currently second on the Currie Cup Premier Division standings with three wins from three.

Free State Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Ryno Benjamin, 13 Nico Lee, 12 William 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 Tom Botha, 2 Torsten Van Jaarsveld, 1 Retshegofaditswe Nche.
Replacements: 16 Jacques Du Toit, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Justin Basson, 19 Henco Venter, 20 Shaun Venter, 21 Niel Marais, 22 Michael van der Spuy.

Date: Saturday, September 3
Venue: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Kick-off: 15.00 (13.00 GMT)
Referee: Jaco van Heerden
Assistant referees: Ben Crouse, Vusi Msibi
TMO: JJ Wagner

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