Cheetahs bulk up for Chiefs

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 10:44

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Cheetahs coach Franco Smith has made several changes to his team as they gear up to take on the Chiefs on Saturday.

The Cheetahs, coming back from their first bye of the season, will host the powerful New Zealand franchise in Bloemfontein.

Props Retshegofaditswe Nche and Johan Coetzee moves from the bench to the starting line-up.

Charles Marais and Tom Botha drops down to the replacements.

Carl Wegner and Francois Uys swaps places in the second row - with Wegner starting at lock and Uys on the bench.

Niel Marais will be starting at flyhalf, with Fred Zeilinga moving to the bench.

Nico Lee moves from wing to centre and Sergeal Petersen will be starting on wing, having recovered from his hamstring injury.

Junior Pokomela or Luther Obi will be replacing Clinton Swart on the bench.

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

Date: Saturday, April 15
Venue: Free State Stadium, Pretoria
Kick-off: 15.05 (13.05 GMT; 01.05 NZ Time Sunday. April 16)
Referee: Jaco van Heerden (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa), Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)
TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)

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