Smith goes with continuity for Sharks clash

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 10:53
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Free State Cheetahs head coach Franco Smith has tweaked his back row ahead of his team's clash against the Sharks at Kings Park on Saturday.

Henco Venter will be replacing Niell Jordaan on No.8 in what is the only change from the team that beat the Eastern Province Kings 57-25 last weekend.

The Cheetahs are currently on a four-match unbeaten run in this year's Currie Cup Premier Division.

They are one point behind the Sharks at the top of the standings. However, they have played one game less than the Durbanites.

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 Henco Venter, 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 Niell Jordaan, 20 Shaun Venter, 21 Niel Marais, 22 Michael van der Spuy.

Date: Saturday, September 10
Venue: Kings Park, Durban
Kick-off: 17.00 (15.00 GMT)
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge 
Assistant referees: AJ Jacobs, Rodney Boneparte
TMO: Marius Jonker

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