Venter leads Cheetahs against Bulls
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Free State Cheetahs head coach Rory Duncan has made a number of changes to his side for their Currie Cup clash against the Blue Bulls at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.
Retshegofaditswe Nche will be starting in the No.1 jersey with Erich de Jager providing cover on the bench. Tom Botha comes in for Aranos Coetzee in the No.3 jersey.
In the second row, Rynier Bernardo replaces Reniel Hugo. In the back row, Gerhard Olivier takes over from Niell Jordaan, while Teboho Mohoje will be making his return from the Springbok camp, replacing Henco Venter. Venter will be providing cover on the bench.
In the backline, William Small-Smith comes back into the midfield to replace Ryno Benjamin at inside centre. Also returning from Springbok camp, captain Francois Venter replaces Jacobus Jonker.
Sergeal Petersen moves to the starting line-up, while Rosko Speckman moves to the bench.
Free State Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter (captain), 12 William Small-Smith, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Ryno Eksteen, 9 Zee Mkhabela, 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Gerhard Olivier, 5 Rynier Bernardo, 4 Armand Koster, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Jacques du Toit, 1 Retshegofaditswe Nche.
Replacements: 16 Erich de Jager, 17 Joseph Dweba, 18 Dennis Visser, 19 Henco Venter, 20 Juan-Philip Smith, 21 Ali Mgijima, 22 Rosko Specman.
Date: Saturday, August 19
Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kick-off: 14.05 (12.05 GMT)
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant referees: Paul Mente, Monray Gillbert
TMO: Lesego Legoete