Cheetahs name side for PRO14 clash against Zebre

2020-01-03 14:31
Ruan Pienaar (Gallo Images)
NELSPRUIT, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 17: Cape Town - The Free State Cheetahs have been crowned 2019 Currie Cup winners after a dominant victory over the Golden Lions in Bloemfontein on Saturday. As it happened: Free State Cheetahs v Golden Lions The Cheetahs won 31-7 after leading 31-7 at half-time. The win was the Cheetahs' sixth Currie Cup title (along with one shared) and first since they beat the Blue Bulls 36-16 in the 2016 showpiece. Scorers: Free State Cheetahs Tries: Joseph Dweba, William Small-Smith, Clayton Blommetjies, Walt Steenkamp Conversions: Ruan Pienaar (4) Penalty: Pienaar Golden Lions Try: Wandisile Simelane Conversion: Shaun Reynolds Teams: Free State Cheetahs 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 William Small-Smith, 13 Benhard Janse van Rensburg, 12 Dries Swanepoel, 11 Tian Meyer (captain ), 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Henco Venter, 7 Junior Pokomela , 6 Gerhard Olivier, 5 Walt Steenkamp, 4 Sintu Manjesi, 3 Erich de Jager, 2 Joseph Dweba, 1 Ox Nche Substitutes: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Charl Marais, 18 Reinach Venter, 19 JP du Preez, 20 Jasper Wiese, 21 Abongile Nonkontwana, 22 Louis Fouche, 22 Darren Adonis Golden Lions 15 Tyrone Green, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 Wandisile

Cape Town - The Cheetahs have made four changes to their starting line-up as they return to PRO14 action against Zebre at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi in Parma on Saturday.

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Kick-off is at 17:00.

Aranos Coetzee returns from injury and will be starting on tight head prop. Luan de Bruin and Joseph Dweba will be providing cover on the bench.

Tian Meyer will be leading the side with George Whitehead on flyhalf and Rabz Maxwane returning to play. Ruan Pienaar and Tian Schoeman are named as replacements.

Hawies Fourie's side currently occupy a Final Series place, sitting third in Conference A and have never lost to Zebre.

Cheetahs' head coach said: "We're looking forward to start the year on the right foot. We've ended 2019 on a high note and we want a good start for 2020."

"It is important for us to win this match.  We are third on the log, two points ahead of Glasgow and they’ve played two games more than us. We'll have to use the opportunity to stay in a good position on the log, while competing with Ulster for second position.

"The players had a much needed break and they are excited about Saturday's encounter." 

The following players are not eligible for team selection due to injury: Justin Basson (knee) and Charles Marais (bicep). While Dries Swanepoel and Jasper Wiese are currently on suspension.





15 Rhyno Smith, 14 Craig Barry; 13 William Small-Smith; 12 Benhard Janse van Rensburg; 11 Rabz Maxwane; 10 George Whitehead; 9 Tian Meyer (Captain); 8 Aidon Davis; 7 Junior Pokomela; 6 Chris Massyn; 5 Walt Steenkamp; 4 Sintu Manjezi; 3 Aranos Coetzee; 2 Wilmar Arnoldi; 1 Boan Venter

Substitutes: 16 Joseph Dweba; 17 Erich de Jager; 18 Luan de Bruin; 19 JP du Preez; 20 Marnus van der Merwe; 21 Gerhard Olivier; 22 Ruan Pienaar; 23 Tian Schoeman 

- Cheetahs

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