Reds wary of Cheetahs quartet
Cape Town - Reds coach Richard Graham has
singled out four Cheetahs danger-man ahead of their Super Rugby encounter in
Bloemfontein on Saturday.
The Reds started their South African tour
with a 43-22 defeat to the Bulls in Pretoria last weekend and will be eager to
return home to Queensland with a win under their belts.
“The Cheetahs enjoy the game becoming loose
and with the likes of Sarel Pretorius, Cornal Hendricks and Raymond Rhule they
are able to capitalise very quickly. Add Heinrich Brussow to that mix and they
become a very capable side,” Hill told the Reds’ official website.
Hill on Thursday made four personnel
changes to the starting side.
Up front, lock James Horwill returns to the
starting line-up after missing last weekend due to suspension. He replaces Dave
McDuling who injured his knee against the Bulls. James Hanson returns to start
at hooker after Saia Fainga’a suffered an upper body injury against the Bulls.
In the backs, James O’Connor is back at
left wing, with Chris Feauai-Sautia shifted to the centres and Anthony Fainga’a
moving to the bench.
Graham has opted for a five-three split on
the bench, with Andrew Ready again in line to make his debut as reserve hooker.
Should he take the field, Ready will be the 14th Reds debutant this season.
“It is disappointing to lose Saia (Fainga’a),
Dave (McDuling) and Ben (Tapuai) to injury but we’re fortunate this time around
to be able to bring James Horwill and James O’Connor into the side. Both have a
lot of experience at this level of rugby and also playing at altitude here in
South Africa,” Hill continued.
Saturday’s clash at the Free State Stadium
kicks off at 19:10 (SA time).
15 Coenie van Wyk, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13
Johann Sadie, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Joe Pietersen, 9 Sarel
Pretorius, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Boom Prinsloo, 6 Heinrich Brussow, 5 Francois Uys
(captain), 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 BG
Substitutes: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Danie
Minnie, 18 Maks van Dyk, 19 Steven Sykes, 20 Tienie Burger, 21 Tian Meyer, 22
Willie du Plessis, 23 Rayno Benjamin
15 Karmichael Hunt, 14 Lachie Turner, 13
Chris Feauai-Sautia, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 James O’Connor, 10 Nick Frisby, 9 Will
Genia, 8 Adam Thomson, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Curtis Browning, 5 James Horwill, 4 Rob
Simmons, 3 Greg Holmes, 2 James Hanson, 1 James Slipper (captain)
Substitutes: 16. Andrew Ready, 17 Ben
Daley, 18 Sam Talakai, 19 Marco Kotze, 20 Adam Korczyk, 21 Anthony Fainga’a, 22
Campbell Magnay, 23 Chris Kuridran