Currie Cup

Cheetahs change 1 for Sharks tussle

2016-09-08 14:15
Henco Venter (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Free State Cheetahs coach Franco Smith has named his team for Saturday’s top-of-the-log Currie Cup clash against the Sharks in Durban.

Smith made one change to the team that beat the EP Kings 57-25 in Bloemfontein last weekend.

Henco Venter will start at No 8 this week, with Niell Jordaan moving to the bench.

Scrumhalf Tian Venter remains as captain, with regular skipper Francois Venter still sidelined with injury.

The Cheetahs remain are the only unbeaten team in the competition, with four wins from as many matches.

The Sharks though still lead the overall standings with 20 points, one ahead of the Cheetahs, but have played one more match.

Kick-off on Saturday is at 17:00.

Teams:

Sharks

15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 S’bura Sithole, 10 Inny Radebe, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Keegan Daniel (captain), 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Juan Schoeman

Substitutes: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 John-Hubert Meyer, 18 Ruan Botha/Jean Droste, 19 Jean Deysel/Francois Kleinhans, 20 Michael Claassens/Hanco Venter, 21 Heimar Williams, 22 Rhyno Smith

Free State Cheetahs

15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Rayno Benjamin, 13 Nico Lee, 12 William-Small Smith, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Tian Meyer (captain), 8 Henco Venter, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Ox Nche

Substitutes: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Justin Basson, 19 Niell Jordaan, 20 Shaun Venter, 21 Niel Marais, 22 Michael van der Spuy


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30 September 2016
Golden Lions v Sharks, Johannesburg 17:00
Eastern Province Kings v Pumas, Port Elizabeth 18:00
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