Cheetahs rush Bok discard back

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 11:43
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: The Cheetahs wasted no time in recalling Springbok discard Raymond Rhule for their Pro14 Round Five encounter with Ospreys.

The Cheetahs host the first Welsh franchise to visit South Africa, the Ospreys, in Bloemfontein.

Rhule will look to regain his lost form and confidence, after being axed from the Bok team in the wake of his horror show in Albany a fortnight ago - where he missed nine tackles in South Africa's 0-57 loss to New Zealand.

Rosco Specman will be providing cover on the bench. 

The Cheetahs will be without a number of players through injury - Elandre Huggett (knee), Neil Jordaan (ankle and knee), Steven Meiring (appendix), Gerhard Olivier (ankle), Ruan van Rensburg (knee), Fred Zeilinga (hip) and Niel Marais (shoulder).

Cheetahs: 15 Sergeal Petersen, 14 Raymond Rhule, 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 Reniel Hugo, 4 Justin Basson, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Charles Marais.
Replacement: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Retshegofaditswe Nche, 18 Johan Coetzee, 19 Rynier Bernardo, 20 Junior Pokomela, 21 Shaun Venter, 22 Nico Lee, 23 Rosco Specman.

Ospreys: 15 Dan Evans, 14 Keelan Giles, 13 Ben John, 12 James Hook, 11 Jay Baker, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Rhys Webb, 8 James King, 7 Guy Mercer, 6 Olly Cracknell, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (captain), 4 Adam Beard, 3 Ma'afu Fia, 2 Scott Baldwin, 1 Nicky Smith.
Replacements: 16 Scott Otten, 17 Gareth Thomas, 18 Rhodri Jones, 19 Lloyd Ashley, 20 Dan Lydiate, 21 Tom Habberfield, 22 Sam Davies, 23 Kieron Fonotia.

Date: Friday, September 29
Venue: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Kick-off: 17.00 (16.00 UK time; 15.00 GMT)
Referee: Frank Murphy (Ireland)
Assistant referees: George Clancy (Ireland), Cwengile Jadezweni (South Africa)
TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)

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