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    Polota-Nau starts against Cheetahs

    2016-05-05 09:36

    Cape Town - The Waratahs will run out with a similar team that defeated the Stormers 32-20 last weekend in South Africa for this Saturday's Round 11 match against the Cheetahs in Sydney.

    Only one change has been made, with hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau making his return to the starting XV for the first time since Round 2 this season, injecting some added experience to the front row.

    This week also sees Bernard Foley become equal highest Super Rugby-capped flyhalf for the Waratahs, together with Daniel Halangahu on 59. He also now sits second for most number of conversions for NSW (95), behind Matt Burke on 184. 

    Dean Mumm retains the No 6 jersey, with Jack Dempsey still out with a shoulder injury. Benn Robinson is recovering from surgery following an eye injury during the Round 8 match against the Brumbies.

    Meanwhile, Tolu Latu has pulled up well from a hamstring injury suffered in Round 5 and will join Zac Guildford in club rugby this weekend as they seek to return to full match fitness.

    Saturday’s clash is scheduled for 11:45 (SA time).

    Teams:

    Waratahs

    15 Andrew Kellaway, 14 Reece Robinson, 13 Israel Folau, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Jed Holloway, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Dean Mumm, 5 Will Skelton, 4 David Dennis, 3 Tom Robertson, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Paddy Ryan

    Substitutes: 16 Hugh Roach, 17 Jeremy Tilse, 18 Angus Taavao, 19 Sam Lousi, 20 Wycliff Palu, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 David Horwitz, 23 Matt Carraro

    Cheetahs

    15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Nico Lee, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Henco Venter, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Willie Britz, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Luan de Bruin, 2 Elandre Huggett, 1 Ox Nche

    Substitutes: 16 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Maks van Dyk, 19 Lood de Jager, 20 Uzair Cassiem, 21 Shaun Venter, 22 Niel Marais, 23 Michael van der Spuy

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    Friday, 15 February 2019
    • Chiefs v Highlanders, FMG Stadium Waikato 08:35
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    Saturday, 16 February 2019
    • Blues v Crusaders, Eden Park 08:35
    • Waratahs v Hurricanes, Allianz Stadium 10:45
    • Sunwolves v Sharks, Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium 12:55
    • Bulls v Stormers, Loftus Versfeld 17:15
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    Friday, 22 February 2019
    • Highlanders v Reds, Forsyth Barr Stadium 08:35

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