Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby journalist
1 minute read
3 Mar 2016
1:25 pm

Two changes as Cheetahs prep for Stormers

Rudolph Jacobs

Former skipper and lock Francois Uys is also back in the mix for the first time this year.

FILE PIC: Francois Uys during the Toyota Cheetahs training session at the Free State Stadium on March 09, 2015 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. (Photo by Johan Pretorius/Gallo Images)

Cheetahs coach Franco Smith made one change to his side on Thursday for their second Super Rugby clash against the Stormers on Saturday in Bloemfontein.

Falnkers Paul Schoeman and Boom Prinsloo switch places with Schoeman promoted to the starting line-up and Prinsloo making his impact from the bench.

Former skipper and lock Francois Uys is also back in the mix for the first time this year after recently returning from Japan and will be replacing Reniel Hugo on the bench who drops out of the matchday-23

This will be the 16th Super Rugby encounter between the Cheetahs and the Stormers from Cape Town since 18 March 2006. The Stormers are leading with ten wins to the five wins of the Cheetahs.

It will also be the 8th time the teams meet at the Toyota Stadium – previously Free State Stadium – in Bloemfontein since the first Bloemfontein encounter on 3 February 2007 which the Toyota Cheetahs have won 27-9.

That day the Cheetahs outscored the Stormers three tries to none – by Springbok forwards Adriaan Strauss, CJ van der Linde and Kabamba Floors – and four penalties by Springbok Meyer Bosman (centre).


15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter (captain), 12 William Small-Smith, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Niell Jordaan, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Maks van Dyk, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Charles Marais

Bench: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Ox Nche, 18 Luan de Bruin, 19 Francois Uys, 20 Boom Prinsloo, 21 Henco Venter, 22 Tian Meyer, 23 Niel Marais