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    Cheetahs opt for continuity against Sharks

    2016-07-07 12:37

    Cape Town - The Cheetahs have made one change to their side for this Saturday's Super Rugby clash against the Sharks in Durban.

    The change sees scrumhalves Shaun Venter and Tian Meyer switching places, with Venter taking up his place in the starting line-up this weekend while Meyer drops to the bench.

    There is also a change to the bench, with Charles Marais replacing Luan de Bruin.

    The Cheetahs defeated the Western Force 30-29 in last weekend's action. 

    If they beat the Sharks, they can severely damage the play-off aspirations of Gary Gold's men. 

    The last time the sides met in Durban was on the opening weekend of Super Rugby 2015, when the Cheetahs won 35-29.

    Teams:

    Sharks

    15. Rhyno Smith, 14. S'bura Sithole, 13. JP Pietersen, 12. Andre Esterhuizen, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Garth April, 9. Michael Claassens, 8. Philip van der Walt, 7. Jean-Luc du Preez, 6. Keegan Daniel, 5. Stephan Lewies, 4. Etienne Oosthuizen, 3. Coenie Oosthuizen, 2. Franco Marais, 1. Tendai Mtawarira (captain)

    Substitutes: 16. Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17. Thomas du Toit, 18. Lourens Adriaanse, 19. Ruan Botha, 20. Tera Mtembu, 21. Stefan Ungerer, 22. Heimar Williams, 23. Curwin Bosch

    Cheetahs

    15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter (captain), 12 Michael van der Spuy, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Paul Schoeman, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Uzair Cassiem, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Maks van Dyk, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Ox Nche

    Substitutes:16 Joseph Dweba, 17 Luan de Bruin, 18 Johan Coetzee, 19 Reniel Hugo, 20 Henco Venter, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 George Whitehead, 23 William Small-Smith

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