Cheetahs Ring Changes For Stormers Battle

The Toyota Cheetahs will be taking on the Stormers on Saturday, 2 May on their home ground, the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein.  Caylib Oosthuizen replaces Danie Mienie (concussion) at prop, Joe Pietersen replaces Willie Du Plessis on flyhalf, Clayton Blommetjies will start at fullback, Sergeal Petersen will make his Super Rugby debut for the Cheetahs on left wing, after recovering from a broken jaw and Ryno Benjamin moves to right wing.  Cornal Hendricks will be resting this weekend due to SARU regulations.  Francois Venter replaces Johann Sadie (knee injury).  New faces on the bench include Dolph Botha, Francois Brummer and Danie Dames.

This will be the 14th Super Rugby encounter between the Cheetahs and the Stormers from Cape Town since 18 March 2006.  The Stormers are leading with nine wins to the four wins of the Cheetahs.  It will also be the seventh time the teams meet at the Free State Stadium since the first Bloemfontein encounter on 3 February 2007.

The Cheetahs have won three previous matches in Bloemfontein and the Stormers three.  The Cheetahs won the two previous matches against the Stormers at the Free State Stadium: winning 26-24 (5 April 2013) and 35-22 (26 April 2014).  The Stormers, however, won the last match on 24 May 2014 at Newlands, Cape Town, 33-0.

Gates open at 14:00.  Everyone is welcome at the Sparta Braai Area – come and buy a steak and braai it yourself.  Jakkie Louw will provide entertainment on the Castle Deck after the match.  Credo will be handing out free popcorn at the gates.

Ticket prices:  R80 – Main Stand, R60 – Open Stand (adults) and R20 for students and kids.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.fscheetahs.co.za or at the Ticket office at Gate 8 (Att Horak Avenue) at the Free State Stadium 

No.

Position

name

LOOSEHEAD PROP

Caylib Oosthuizen

HOOKER

Torsten Van Jaarsveld

TIGHTHEAD PROP

Coenie Oosthuizen / Maks Van Dyk

LEFT LOCK

Carl Wegner

RIGHT LOCK

Francois Uys ( c )

LEFT FLANKER

Tienie Burger

RIGHT FLANKER

Boom Prinsloo

NUMBER EIGHT

Willie Britz

SCRUMHALF

Sarel Pretorius ( vc )

FLYHALF

Joe Pietersen

LEFT WING

Sergeal Petersen

INSIDE CENTRE

Michael van der Spuy

OUTSIDE CENTRE

Francois Venter

RIGHT WING

Ryno Benjamin

FULLBACK

Clayton Blommetjies

Replacements:

 

RESERVE

Stephan Coetzee

RESERVE

Dolph Botha

RESERVE

Maks Van Dyk / Ewald Van der Westhuizen

RESERVE

Steven Sykes

RESERVE

Carel Greeff

RESERVE

Tian Meyer

RESERVE

Francois Brummer

RESERVE

Danie Dames