Goosen back at pivot for FS
Johan Goosen (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - The Free State Cheetahs have included flyhalf Johan Goosen in their starting line-up for their Currie Cup semi-final clash against the Sharks at Kings Park on Saturday.
Goosen missed their last two games against the Pumas and Griquas after he was concussed in their 25-all draw at home to the Golden Lions on October 1.
The 19-year-old replaces Tewis de Bruyn at No 10. De Bruyn - normally a scrumhalf - played flyhalf last week against Griquas after Sias Ebersohn was ruled out with an ankle injury.
Ebersohn has sufficiently recovered and will do duty on the bench with De Bruyn.
Other changes to the to the backline which started against Griquas last week sees Rayno Benjamin back at wing, replacing the young Nico Scheepers, who moves down to the bench. Benjamin missed the game against Griquas with a hamstring injury.
Coach Naka Drotské also reshuffled his forward pack, with Springbok Ashley Johnson moving from eightman to blindside flank, replacing Philip Van der Walt - who moves to lock.
Boom Prinsloo is back from his training stint with the Springbok Sevens side and will play at at No 8, with Lappies Labuschagne remaining as the openside flanker. Van der Walt replaces Francois Uys at lock. Uys has a rib injury and could not be considered for the trip to Durban.
The game at the Shark Tank kicks off at 14:30.
TBAFree State Cheetahs:
15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Ryno Benjamin, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Cameron Jacobs, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Boom Prinsloo, 7 Ashley Johnson, 6 Lappies Labuschagne, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Philip van der Walt, 3 WP Nel, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Marcel van der Merwe
Substitutes: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 Johan Wessels, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Nico Scheepers