Cheetahs Make Several Changes

The Toyota Cheetahs team to take on the Chiefs on Saturday, 28 March at 05:30 (SA Time) at the Waikato Stadium in Hamilton, New Zealand has been announced.  Numerous changes have been made from last week’s team with six players from the bench moving onto the starting line-up.  Teboho Mohoje is on his way back home as he suffers from a groin injury he gained during last Saturday’s match against the Crusaders.

He is expected to be out of action for 8-12 weeks.  Tienie Burger will be joining the team on tour.  Springboks Willie Le Roux and Coenie Oosthuizen are being rested as per agreement with SA Rugby.  Francois Venter is also being rested.  Joe Pietersen will be standing in for Sarel Pretorius as vice-captain for the match.  Pretorius will be joining the team on Sunday in Sydney after the birth of his second son on Tuesday.  Shaun Venter will be returning back South Africa after Saturday’s encounter.

This will be the ninth Super Rugby encounter between the two teams since 21 April 2006.  The Chiefs are leading with six wins to none of the Cheetahs, with two matches ended in a draw.  It will also be the fifth time the teams meet at the Waikato Stadium in Hamilton since the first Hamilton encounter on 21 April 2006.  Out of the four previous matches, the Chiefs won three and the match on 23 April 2010 ended in a draw of 25-25.  The last game between these two teams on 5 April 2014 at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein also ended in a draw of 43-43.

The match day squad is as follows:             

No.

Position

name

1

LOOSEHEAD PROP

BG Uys

2

HOOKER

Stephan Coetzee

3

TIGHTHEAD PROP

Maks Van Dyk

4

LEFT LOCK

Steven Sykes

5

RIGHT LOCK

Francois Uys (C )

6

LEFT FLANKER

Heinrich Brussow

7

RIGHT FLANKER

Jean Cook

8

NUMBER EIGHT

Boom Prinsloo

9

SCRUMHALF

Shaun Venter

10

FLYHALF

Joe Pietersen  (VC)

11

LEFT WING

Raymond Rhule

12

INSIDE CENTRE

Michael Van Der Spuy

13

OUTSIDE CENTRE

Johann Sadie

14

RIGHT WING

Cornal Hendriks

15

FULLBACK

Clayton Blommetjies

Replacements:

 

16.

RESERVE

Torsten Van Jaarsveld

17.

RESERVE

Caylib Oosthuizen

18.

RESERVE

Danie Mienie

19.

RESERVE

Carl Wegner

20.

RESERVE

Willie Britz

21.

RESERVE

Tian Meyer

22.

RESERVE

Willie Du Plessis

23.

RESERVE

Ryno Benjamin