Cheetahs opt for continuity
Naka Drotské (Gallo Images)
Bloemfontein - Free State Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské named an unchanged side for their Currie Cup encounter against the Blue Bulls in Pretoria on Saturday (17:05 kick-off).
The Bloemfontein-based side bagged five points last weekend in their first home win of the competition over Griquas. They now find themselves in second place on the overall log.
The Cheetahs need to beat the Bulls to keep their place near the top and Drotské is adamant his side must carry the momentum into their game at Loftus Versfeld.
"We targeted our games against Griquas and the Blue Bulls as games we need five points from if we are to achieve our goal of reaching the knock out stages," said Drotské. "We know the Bulls game is going to be difficult. We were tested against Griquas and the team performed. Now we must take that momentum and use it against the Bulls."
With scrumhalf Piet van Zyl still with the Springboks, Drotské opted to again include youngster Kevin Luiters on the substitutes bench.
Against Griquas, Luiters came on as replacement for veteran Sarel Pretorius
and Drotské lauded him for the impact he made.
"Kevin did very well when he came onto the field," said the coach.
"He brought a lot of energy and that was noticeable especially among the backline. He is a player with a very bright future ahead of him and if he gets his chance, we will again look for a good performance from him."Teams:
15 Jürgen Visser, 14 Sampie Mastriet, 13 Waylon Murray
, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Akona Ndungane, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Ruan Snyman, 8 Jono Ross (captain), 7 Jacques Engelbrecht
, 6 Wiaan Liebenberg, 5 Grant Hattingh
, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Frik Kirsten, 2 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 1 Marcel van der Merwe
Substitutes: 16 Bandise Maku
, 17 Werner Kruger
, 18 David Bulbring, 19 Jacques du Plessis, 20 Rudy Paige, 21 Ulrich Beyers
, 22 Clayton BlommetjiesFree State Cheetahs:
15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Riaan Smit, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 Sarel Pretorius
, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Pieter Labuschagne, 6 Johannes Prinsloo (captain), 5 Lodewyk De Jager, 4 Teboho Mohoje, 3 Rossouw De Klerk, 2 Hercu Liebenberg, 1 Trevor Nyakane
Substitutes: 16 Ethienne Reynecke, 17 Wian Du Preez, 18 Waltie Vermeulen, 19 Davon Raubenheimer, 20 Kevin Luiters, 21 Willie Du Plessis, 22 Piet Lindeque