Venter back to lead Cheetahs

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:35

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Springbok midfielder Francois Venter will be making his first appearance of the season for the Cheetahs against the Sharks in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

Venter returns to action after undergoing ankle surgery in December and missed the first four rounds of the Super Rugby competition.

He will also take over the captaincy.

Other players also returning from injury include Retshegofaditswe Nche, Justin Basson, Raymond Rhule, Nico Lee and Sergeal Petersen.

Johan Coetzee, Paul Schoeman, Shaun Venter and Fred Zeilinga also move from the bench to the starting line-up.

Torsten van Jaarsveld will be starting on hooker, while Elandré Huggett moves to the bench.

Henco Venter moves from flank to No.8, while Niell Jordaan moves to the bench.

Other players moving to the bench are Tom Botha, Tian Meyer and Niel Marais, while Ryno Benjamin and Clinton Swart are bracketed on the bench.

"I'm excited to be back in the team," Venter said.

"It was frustrating to be on the sideline, but I'm very proud of the team's performance so far and I think that they've had a great start to the season.

"I now have the responsibility to be as competitive as my teammates were from the start of the season," Venter added.

Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter (captain), 12 Nico Lee, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Henco Venter, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Justin Basson, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Retshegofaditswe Nche.
Replacements: 16 Elandré Huggett, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Tom Botha, 19 Carl Wegner, 20 Niell Jordaan, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Niel Marais, 23 Ryno Benjamin/Clinton Swart.

Date: Saturday, March 25
Venue: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Kick-off: 17.15 (15.15 GMT)
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant referees: Jaco van Heerden, Lourens van der Merwe
TMO: Johan Greeff

* Cheetahs Director of Rugby Rory Duncan speaks to OFM Sport about the signing of the exciting wing Luther Obi

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Sun, 23 July 2017
Pumas v Golden Lions 43 | 36
Sat, 22 July 2017
Griquas v Blue Bulls 45 | 51
Stormers v Chiefs 11 | 17
Lions v Sharks 23 | 21
Crusaders v Highlanders 17 | 0
Fri, 21 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Sharks 47 | 12
Brumbies v Hurricanes 16 | 35
Sat, 15 July 2017
Sharks v Lions 10 | 27
Bulls v Stormers 33 | 41
Force v Waratahs 40 | 11
Hurricanes v Crusaders 31 | 22
Chiefs v Brumbies 28 | 10
Sunwolves v Blues 43 | 21
Fri, 14 July 2017
Kings v Cheetahs 20 | 21
Rebels v Jaguares 29 | 32
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Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 6 0 9 34
Force 15 6 0 9 26
Reds 15 4 0 11 21
Waratahs 15 4 0 11 19
Rebels 15 1 1 13 9
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Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 15 14 0 1 63
Hurricanes 15 12 0 3 58
Chiefs 15 12 1 2 57
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 51
Blues 15 7 1 7 37
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Stormers 15 10 0 5 43
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Bulls 15 4 0 11 20
Sunwolves 15 2 0 13 12
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Sharks 15 9 1 5 42
Jaguares 15 7 0 8 33
Kings 15 6 0 9 28