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    Cheetahs mourn passing of loyal fan

    2016-03-24 16:57
    Honiball Marais (Cheetahs Rugby - Facebook)

    Cape Town - The Cheetahs are mourning the passing of one of their most loyal fans, Honiball Marais.

    The Cheetahs released the following statement on their Facebook page on Thursday, honouring Marais.

    "Free State Rugby is deeply saddened by the loss of a legend, Honiball Marais. Honiball was probably one of the Cheetahs’ biggest and most loyal fans. He and his friend, Jakes Jacobs, never missed a game - home or away, in sunshine or rain. They were always there waving their flags next to the field.

    "We’re really going to miss you, Honiball. Our sympathy and condolences to his loved ones, family and friends. Rest in peace.

    "His legacy will be honoured in an appropriate way at the Super Rugby match between the Cheetahs and the Brumbies in Toyota Stadium."

    Saturday's Cheetahs v Brumbies clash is scheduled for 15:05.

    Teams:

    Cheetahs

    15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Joubert Engelbrecht, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Niel Marais, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Paul Schoeman, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Boom Prinsloo, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lood de Jager, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Ox Nche

    Substitutes: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Maks van Dyk, 19 Carl Wegner, 20 Hilton Lobberts, 21 Henco Venter, 22 Tian Meyer, 23 Fred Zeilinga 

    Brumbies

    15 Aidan Toua, 14 Joe Tomane, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Robbie Coleman, 10 Christian Lealiifano (co-captain), 9 Tomás Cubelli, 8 Ita Vaea, 7 David Pocock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore (co-captain), 1 Scott Sio 

    Substitutes: 16 Robbie Abel, 17 Allan Alaalatoa, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Tom Staniforth, 20 Jordan Smiler, 21 Michael Dowsett, 22 James Dargaville, 23 Nigel Ah Wong

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