Cheetahs name team to face Stormers
Cape Town - Cheetahs coach Franco Smith has named his team for Saturday’s Super Rugby clash against the Stormers in Bloemfontein on Saturday (15:05 kick-off).
Smith made a few changes to the team that beat the Sunwolves 47-7 in Singapore in late May.
In the backline, skipper Francois Venter returns to outside centre in place of William-Small Smith, who is on the bench, while Tian Meyer starts in place of Shaun Venter at scrumhalf.
Up front, Elandre Huggett starts at hooker in place of the injured Torsten van Jaarsveld, with Joseph Dweba coming in on the bench.
Reniel Hugo is also making his return to Super Rugby after being sidelined by an injury sustained in the game against the Bulls in March, replacing Carl Wegner at lock.
Niell Jordaan is also at No 8, with returning Springbok Oupa Mohoje featuring on the bench.
15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter (captain), 12 Clinton Swart, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Niel Marais, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Niell Jordaan, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Henco Venter, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Armandt Koster, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Elandre Huggett, 1 Ox Nche
Substitutes: 16 Joseph Dweba, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Tom Botha, 19 Justin Basson, 20 Oupa Mohoje, 21 Fred Zeilinga, 22 Ruan van Rensburg, 23 William Small-Smith
15 SP Marais, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Shaun Treeby, 11 Dillyn Leyds (vice-captain), 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Kobus van Dyk, 6 Rynardt Elstadt, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Chris van Zyl, 3 Frans Malherbe (captain), 2 Ramone Samuels, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 JD Schickerling, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Justin Phillips, 22 EW Viljoen, 23 Seabelo Senatla