Cape Town - Free State Cheetahs coach Franco Smith has named his team for Thursday night’s Currie Cup clash against the Golden Lions in Bloemfontein (19:00 kick-off).
Smith has made a few changes to the team that beat the Sharks 38-30 in Durban last weekend.
Torsten Van Jaarsveld has been made skipper for this game, taking the captain’s armband from Tian Meyer who shifts down to the bench.
Shaun Venter replaces Meyer at scrumhalf.
In other changes to the backline, William Small-Smith replaces Michael Van der Spuy at inside centre, while Niel Marais comes in for Fred Zeilinga at flyhalf.
15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Selom Gavor, 13 Jacques Nel, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9 Ross Cronje (captain), 8 Fabian Booysen, 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Kwagga Smith, 5 Andries Ferreira, 4 JP du Preez, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Dylan Smith
Substitutes: 16 Armand ‘Akker’ van der Merwe, 17 Pieter Scholtz, 18 Martin Muller, 19 Ruan Ackermann, 20 Dillon Smit, 21 Ashlon Davids, 22 Howard Mnisi
Free State Cheetahs
15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Rayno Benjamin, 13 Nico Lee, 12 William Small-Smith, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Niel Marais, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Henco Venter, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Justin Basson, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld (captain), 1 Ox Nche
Substitutes: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Armandt Koster, 19 Tienie Burger, 20 Niell Jordaan, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Fred Zeilinga