Cheetahs get Mohoje boost for Leinster clash
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Springbok loose forward Teboho Mohoje has been included in the Cheetahs' starting XV for their Pro14 clash against Leinster in Bloemfontein on Friday.
Mohoje returns from an injury and will start in the No.8 jersey, sending Junior Pokomela to the bench.
Springbok Sevens star Rosco Specman will also be making his return from injury, sending Luther Obi to the bench while scrumhalves Tian Meyer and Shaun Venter will be switching places with Meyer in the starting line-up.
Charles Marais will be starting on loosehead prop with Retshegofaditswe Nche providing cover on the bench.
Elandre Huggett (knee), Neil Jordaan (ankle and knee), Steven Meiring (appendix), Gerhard Olivier (ankle), Clinton Swart (knee), Ruan van Rensburg (knee), Fred Zeilinga (hip) and Niel Marais (shoulder) are not eligible for team selection due to injury.
Cheetahs: 15 Sergeal Petersen, 14 Rosco Specman, 13 Francois Venter (captain), 12 William Small-Smith, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Ernst Stapelberg, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Teboho Mohoje, 7 Henco Venter, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Daniel Hugo, 4 Justin Basson, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Charles Marais.
Replacements: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Retshegofaditswe Nche, 18 Johan Coetzee, 19 Rynier Bernardo, 20 Junior Pokomela, 21 Shaun Venter, 22 Nico Lee, 23 Luther Obi.
Leinster: 15 Joey Carbery, 14 Dave Kearney, 13 Noel Reid, 12 Isa Nacewa (captain), 11 Barry Daly, 10 Ross Byrne, 9 Jamison Gibson-Park, 8 Jack Conan, 7 Josh van der Flier, 6 Jordi Murphy, 5 Mick Kearney, 4 Ross Molony, 3 Michael Bent, 2 James Tracy, 1 Cian Healy.
Replacements: 16 Seán Cronin, 17 Peter Dooley, 18 Andrew Porter, 19 Rhys Ruddock, 20 Max Deegan, 21 Nick McCarthy, 22 Cathal Marsh, 23 Rory O'Loughlin.
Date: Friday, September 22
Venue: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Kick-off: 20.00 (19.00 Ireland Time; 18.00 GMT)
Referee: Mike Adamson (Scotland)
Assistant referees: Ben Whitehouse (Wales), Stuart Berry (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)