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Cheetahs change for Waratahs

2012-05-23 13:58

Bloemfontein - Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské has made three changes to the starting line-up for his side's Super Rugby game against the Waratahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

Lock George Earle, who announced his move to Welsh club Llanelli Scarlets earlier this week, gets a rest after he suffered a concussion in the home side's derby against the Sharks last week.

Earle is replaced by Andries Ferreira, who has been on the bench for the Cheetahs' last couple of games.

Drotské has also promoted burly No 8 Ashley Johnson and Griquas wing Rocco Jansen to the starting line-up.

Johnson will start at flank, with Justin Downey relegated to the bench, while Jansen comes in for Cameron Jacobs, who has been dropped from the match 22 altogether.

Vodacom Cup lock Francois Uys has been included on the bench.

Ferreira will partner with Izak van der Westhuizen - another Cheetahs stalwart who has announced his departure to Scottish club Edinburgh at the end of the season - in the second row and will look to impress Drotské with a place in the Cheetahs' Currie Cup side also up for grabs.

The hosts are desperate for log points as they look to distance themselves from the log bottom Lions, who face possible relegation from the competition as the SA Rugby Union's 2013 conundrum continues.

And the Cheetahs have deemed a victory crucial if they want to keep their dream of ending among the top six teams alive.

"It's still a long way to go. We've got a home game against the Waratahs and after that we have a bye before the four-week break for the Test series against England," Drotské said on Wednesday.

"Then there are still three games to be played against some of the teams that are also in the running for that sixth place.

"Yes, some teams have to win and others must lose for us to benefit, but we can better our chances by beating the Waratahs."

The Cheetahs had ample opportunity to cause an upset against the Sharks, but ultimately did not use the chances that came their way in a 34-20 defeat.

"At Super Rugby level you get a minimum amount of chances to swing the outcome in your favour," Drotské said.

"We will have to capitalise on all points scoring opportunities against the Waratahs."

Teams:

Cheetahs:

15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Rocco Jansen, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Willie le Roux, 10 Riaan Smit, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Ashley Johnson, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 Andries Ferreira, 4 Izak van der Westhuizen, 3 WP Nel, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Coenie Oosthuizen

Substitutes: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Francois Uys, 19 Justin Downey, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Philip Snyman

Waratahs:

TBA

SAPA

Comments
  • odupreez - 2012-05-23 14:35

    Cheetahs will only be able to get points on the log if the referees do their job consistantly through out the game, and penalise both teams for the same faults at all times, and not as we have seen during the last two matches, where obviously certain teams were advantaged to ensure more SA teams in the top 4. But regardless of points the top teams of each country go through and then only the next team. Corruption in sport should be eradictaed by all means possible, it is rife in soccer and cricket. It is a proffesional sport and should not be interfered with by a governing body or the government.

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