Marais takes centre stage against Stormers

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:25
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Cheetahs regular flyhalf Niel Marais will don the number 12 jersey in the crucial Super Rugby clash against the Stormers.

The flyhalf Marias will move to inside centre while Nico Lee will take a spot on the bench.

Out wide, Sergeal Petersen replaces JW Jonker in the starting XV. The wing was sidelined for more than a month due to a knee injury and was set to make his return last week against the Sharks. However, Petersen was pulled out of the team the Saturday morning with a hamstring strain.

In the front, Charles Marais will put on the number one jersey while Retshegofaditswe Nche moves to the bench.

And at lock, Armandt Koster will be replacing Justin Basson.

Head coach Franco Smith has also included newly signed Luther Obi in his squad.  The former Blue Bulls wing Obi will be replacing Ryno Benjamin on the bench and could be making his Super Rugby debut when he gets called onto the field.

Meanwhile, Francois Venter has been included in the side. However, his availability is still in doubt after he picked up a minor hamstring strain during his side's 30-38 loss to the Sharks last week.

The Cheetahs' mentor revealed to rugby365.com on Wednesday that he will delay Venter's final inclusion as late as possible.

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

Date: Saturday, April 1
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
Kick-off: 15.05 (13.05 GMT)
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Quinton Immelman (South Africa), Cwengile Jadezweni (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sat, 29 July 2017
Crusaders v Chiefs 07h35 Christchurch
Golden Lions v Griquas 10h00 Johannesburg
Lions v Hurricanes 12h30 Ellis Park
Sharks v Pumas 15h00 Durban
Sun, 30 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Western Province 12h30 Bloemfontein
RESULT SCORE
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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Pool AU
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
Pool NZ
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
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 0 5 43
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Bulls 15 4 0 11 20
Sunwolves 15 2 0 13 12
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 15 14 0 1 65
Sharks 15 9 1 5 42
Jaguares 15 7 0 8 33
Kings 15 6 0 9 28