Torsten to lead Cheetahs in Tokyo

Thu, 25 May 2017 09:42
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Namibian hooker Torsten van Jaarsveld will lea the Cheetahs in their final game of a three-match tour.

After two heavy defeats in New Zealand, the hapless Cheetahs take on the Sunwolves in Tokyo on Saturday.

Van Jaarsveld will be taking over the captaincy from injured centre Francois Venter.

He will be the starting hooker, sending Elandré Huggett to the bench.  

Neil Marais and Fred Zeilinga will be swapping places at flyhalf, with Marais in the starting line-up and Zeilinga providing cover on the bench.

William Small-Smith will be wearing the No.13 jersey - replacing Center - with Clinton Swart his midfield partner.

Junior Pokomela will be providing cover on the bench.

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

Date: Saturday, May 27
Venue: Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium, Tokyo
Kick-off: 14.15 (07.15 SA time; 05.15 GMT)
Referee: Will Houston (Australia)
Assistant referees: Shuhei Kubo (Japan), Akihisa Aso (Japan)
TMO: Minoru Fuji (Japan)

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