Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby journalist
1 minute read
15 Oct 2015
3:27 pm

Cheetahs name team

Rudolph Jacobs

Cheetahs head coach Franco Smith on Thursday announced his squad to face the unbeaten Lions in the Absa Currie Cup semifinal at Ellis Park on Saturday.

BLOEMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 02: Michael van der Spuy of the Cheetahs during the Super Rugby match between Toyota Cheetahs and DHL Stormers at Free State Stadium on May 02, 2015 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. (Photo by Johan Pretorius/Gallo Images)

The Free State Cheetahs booked themselves a semi-final clash against the Lions by drawing 34-34 against the Sharks and finishing fourth on the Absa Currie Cup log.

The team will be travelling to Johannesburg on Friday.  The game kicks off on Saturday at 13:45.

Changes to the team:

*Niel Marais will be starting on fly half with Sias Ebersohn on the bench.

*Hooker Torsten van Jaarsveld is back after doing duty for Namibia in the RWC and will be replacing Neil Rautenbach on the bench.

*Prop Maks van Dyk was declared fit and will be replacing Teunis Nieuwoudt as a reserve.

*Freddy Ngoza will be making space for fullback AJ Coertzen on the bench.

*Free State Rugby said they are proud of the three teams who qualified for the Absa Currie Cup semi-finals this weekend.

*The Free State Cheetahs u.19’s will be travelling to Port Elizabeth where they will be taking on the EP u.19 side on Friday afternoon at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, while the Free State Cheetah u.21 team will face the Sharks at home.

*The u.21 semi-final kicks off at 13:00 in the Free State Stadium and entry is free.


Free State Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Rayno Benjamin, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Niel Marais, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Niell Jordaan, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Boom Prinsloo, 5 Francois Uys (capt), 4 Armandt Koster, 3 Luan de Bruin, 2 Jacques du Toit,1 BG Uys

Bench: 16 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 17 Maks van Dyk, 18 Reniel Hugo, 19 Gerhard Olivier, 20 Ruan van Rensburg, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 AJ Coertzen