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    Cheetahs to target Olivier

    2012-03-02 07:35
    Cape Town - The Cheetahs will be targeting Wynand Olivier's defence when they take on the Bulls in a Super Rugby clash in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

    Olivier will be playing outside centre and it is for that reason that the Cheetahs will be targeting the Springbok, who's just returned from a hand injury.

    The 28-year-old Olivier has successfully played at No 13 before but inside centre is where he's played most of his 34 Tests and 87 Super Rugby matches.

    Olivier replaces Johann Sadie, who injured his shoulder against the Sharks last week, with the promising young Francois Venter remaining at inside centre.

    The Cheetahs will also field a new centre pairing after inside centre Andries Strauss was suspended for a tip-tackle on Lions lock Wikus van Heerden. Philip Snyman replaces Strauss to join Robert Ebersohn in midfield.

    And the Cheetahs' backline coach, Hawies Fourie, told Volksblad they have a few surprises in store for Olivier.

    "We have a move or two where we specifically want to attack Wynand.

    "But one cannot think too far ahead and should also focus on one’s own strong points," said Fourie.

    The clash at the Free State Stadium kicks off at 17:05 on Saturday.


    15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Rocco Jansen, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Philip Snyman, 11 Willie le Roux, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Tewis de Bruyn, 8 Davon Raubenheimer, 7 Philip van der Walt, 6 Heinrich Brussow, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 WP Nel, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Trevor Nyakane

    Substitutes: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 Lourens Adriaanse, 18 Waltie Vermeulen, 19 Ashley Johnson, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Cameron Jacobs

    15. Zane Kirchner, 14. Akona Ndungane, 13. Wynand Olivier, 12. Francois Venter, 11. Bjorn Basson, 10. Morné Steyn, 9. Francois Hougaard, 8. Pierre Spies (captain), 7. Jacques Potgieter, 6. Deon Stegmann, 5. Juandre Kruger, 4. Flip van der Merwe, 3. Werner Kruger, 2. Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1. Dean Greyling

    Substitutes: 16. Willie Wepener, 17. Frik Kirsten, 18. Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19. CJ Stander, 20. Jano Vermaak, 21. Louis Fouche, 22. JJ Engelbrecht

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