Cheetahs forced into late change

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 08:59

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Cheetahs have made a late change to starting XV after Elandré Huggett was ruled out their final Super Rugby match against the Kings in Port Elizabeth.

The hooker Huggett sustained an injury and will be replaced by Joseph Dweba.

On the bench, Reinach Venter will provide cover in the front. The replacement hooker could make his Super Rugby debut when he gets called onto the field.

The two sides - who have been axed from the Super Rugby competition - are both expected to start playing in an expanded Pro12 (to be called Pro14) tournament - if not in September, then in the 2018/19 season.

Cheetahs - revised: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 William Small-Smith, 13 Francois Venter (captain), 12 Clinton Swart, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Niell Jordaan, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Uzair Cassiem, 5 Daniel Hugo, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Johannes Coetzee, 2 Joseph Dweba, 1 Retshegofaditswe Nche.
Replacements: 16 Reinach Venter, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Tom Botha, 19 Armandt Koster, 20 Junior Pokomela, 21 Chris Dry, 22 Ruan van Rensburg, 23 Niel Marais.

Date: Friday, July 14
Venue: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Kick-off: 19.00 (17.00 GMT)
Referee: Shuhei Kubo
Assistant referees: AJ Jacobs, Cwengile Jadezweni
TMO: Shaun Veldsman

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