Currie Cup

Venter back to lead Cheetahs

2016-09-21 14:13
Francois Venter (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Free State Cheetahs coach Franco Smith has named his team for Friday’s Currie Cup clash against the Pumas in Nelspruit.

Smith has made a few changes to the team that beat the Golden Lions 37-29 in Bloemfontein last Thursday night.

Captain Francois Venter is back after an injury layoff, replacing William Small-Smith in midfield, with Nico Lee moving from outside to inside centre.

Rayno Benjamin moves to left wing in place of the injured Raymond Rhule, with Sergeal Petersen back in the side at right wing.

Up front, there’s a complete change to the front row.

Johan Coetzee replaces the injured Tom Botha at tighthead prop, Jacques du Toit replaces Torsten van Jaarsveld at hooker and Charles Marais come in for Ox Nche at loosehead.

Friday’s clash at Mbombela Stadium is scheduled for 18:40.

Teams:

Free State Cheetahs

15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Nico Lee, 11 Rayno Benjamin, 10 Niel Marais, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Niell Jordaan, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Justin Basson, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Jacques du Toit, 1 Charles Marais

Substitutes: 16 Elandre Huggett, 17 Ox Nche, 18 Armandt Koster, 19 Tienie Burger, 20 Zee Mkhabela, 21 Fred Zeilinga, 22 William Small-Smith
 
Pumas

15 Heinrich Steyl, 14 Ruwellyn Isbell, 13 Hoffman Maritz, 12 Hennie Skorbinski, 11 Jean-Paul Lewis, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Kevin Luiters, 8 Renaldo Bothma (captain), 7 Lambert Groenewald, 6 Brian Shabangu, 5 Jannie Stander, 4 Stephan Greeff, 3 Louis Albertse, 2 Frank Herne, 1 Khwezi Mona.

Substitutes: 16 Simon Westraadt, 17 DeJay Terblanche, 18 Jeremy Jordaan, 19 Carel Greeff, 20 Emile Temperman, 21 Devon Williams, 22 Tyler Fisher

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Golden Lions v Sharks, Johannesburg 17:00
Eastern Province Kings v Pumas, Port Elizabeth 18:00
Western Province v Boland Cavaliers, Cape Town 19:10
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