FS change three for Kings

2012-10-24 13:57

Bloemfontein - Free State Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské has made three changes to his starting line-up to face the Eastern Province Kings in the second of two promotion-relegation rugby matches in Port Elizabeth on Friday.

Kick-off is at 19:10.

The Cheetahs have all but secured their place in next year's Currie Cup competition.

Although the Kings have only a slim chance to advance to the Currie Cup Premier Division, Drotské selected his strongest available team to ensure that the hosts fail in their goal.

The visitors will have to make do without flanker Lappies Labuschagne and centre Andries Strauss, who have been left out of the team because of injuries.

The two will be replaced by Davon Raubenheimer and Philip Snyman respectively.

In the only unforced change, winger Nico Scheepers was dropped to the bench with Rayno Benjamin promoted to the run-on side.

"We are without Lappies and Andries due to injury and we were worried that Sias Ebersohn also wouldn't be eligible, but he was cleared of a possible concussion and will play," Drotské said.

The Kings have to beat the Cheetahs by 40 or more points, while also securing a bonus point for four or more tries in the process.

They also have to prevent the visitors from scoring any bonus points if they are to advance to the Premier Division.

After a comprehensive 53-14 win last week in the City of Roses, Drotské was adamant the Cheetahs would deal the final blow in Port Elizabeth.

"We wanted to make a big statement after a pretty dismal season and we did that in Bloemfontein," he said.

"We've practised hard this week and will be going to Port Elizabeth with the mindset of scoring tries.

"We again want to beat the Kings comprehensively."


EP Kings:



15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Rayno Benjamin, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Philip Snyman, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Davon Raubenheimer, 6 Hendro Scholtz, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Francois Uys, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Marcel van der Merwe

Substitutes: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 Schalk van der Merwe, 18 Carl Wegner, 19 Hendrik Venter, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Barry Geel, 22 Nico Scheepers


  • blou.johnny - 2012-10-24 14:14

    ....Go Cheetahs..!! ....klap the EP Cheeky Queens...

      suidlander.vanwyk - 2012-10-24 19:02

      Hi Johny, can I please have a date with you please, we can talk about our beloved Watsons

  • dries.vandermerwe.9 - 2012-10-24 14:18

    Komaan my span! Hierdie is n saak van eer... mors daai Queens op! Mar 2013 n beter jaar vir ons wees!

  • sydney.campbell.7758 - 2012-10-24 14:21

    Put 60 points up against these Eastern Watson Clowns this week!!! Go Cheetahs!

  • jimmy.moustache.12 - 2012-10-24 14:23

    hulle kon 20 ook verander het.

      tang.willemse - 2012-10-24 15:19

      Die Vrystaat kan hulle Cravenweek span stuur en hulle sal nogsteeds hierdie EP Clowns vermorsel!

  • BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-24 14:26

    Go Cheetahs ! Show no mercy take no prisoners!

  • nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-10-24 14:38

    GO Cheetahs!!!! Keep the queens out of the CC!!!

  • bakkies.botha.39 - 2012-10-24 14:39


  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-24 15:19

    Kings getting a PK in PE!!!

      tang.willemse - 2012-10-24 15:51


  • Nighthawk.Wild - 2012-10-24 17:14

    People will like the kings more if the watsons were out I think

      nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-10-24 17:29

      or if they deserved to be there

      Nighthawk.Wild - 2012-10-24 17:34

      Dit ook ja nico.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-25 04:03

      Nico is right. I don't care about the Watsons there or not. Malema and Zuma can be involved in the team for all I care, but if they don't deserve to be in the CC or Super Rugby, I will hate them more than the Bulls.

  • ruanpretorius1980 - 2012-10-24 17:29

    Go Cheaters en klap daai poefter Queens

  • Nighthawk.Wild - 2012-10-24 17:40

    Roll them in the mud\dust, let them kiss the dirt, jump on their heads.If that doesnt work play dirty.GO Cheetahs

  • suidlander.vanwyk - 2012-10-24 19:05

    wooooooooo, all hail the KINGS, we will not loose this, even you IDIOTS shall bow down to the KINGS

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-25 04:05

      What fantastic score are you predicting the Kings will beat the Cheetahs with? 55-15? 61-21? Or maybe the Kings will win 100-0? What do you think suidlander.watson?

      suidlander.vanwyk - 2012-10-25 08:13

      no Chris I'm not Nastrodemus, I don't predict, I'm not prophet of doom, as you know CC is not really a big deal and priority, super Rugby is

  • chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-25 03:54

    So the Kings need to beat the Cheetahs by something like 55-15. Somehow I do not see that happen. Cheeky, how will you get around this problem. Are you going to demand a 50 point headstart? Demand that the Cheetahs play with only 3 men? Demand that they only pick second division under 15 players? Or demand that the relegation games were unfair and that the Kings be included no matter what?

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