Cheetahs forced into changes
Brenden Nel
September 14, 2018

Toyota Free State Cheetahs coach Franco Smith has been forced into making a number of changes ahead of his side’s first Guinness Pro14 home game against Glasgow Warriors in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

The Cheetahs, who are looking to keep their impressive home record in tact – having lost only twice in Bloemfontein last season – will face a tough task because of the injuries with no less than 14 players unavailable for selection for the game.

The Warriors are unbeaten after wins over Connacht and Munster and will be looking to build on the win they had in Bloemfontein last season.

Because of the injuries, Smith has named Charles Marais and Aranos Coetzee in his starting line-up with Joseph Dweba making up the rest of the front row.

Walt Steenkamp replaces Dennis Visser in the starting line-up while an injury to Jasper Wiese means that Gerhard Olivier, Junior Pokomela and Aidon Davis will form the back row, with Niell Jordaan on the bench.

William Small-Smith and Rabz Maxwane switch places on wing while halfbacks Tian Meyer and Shaun Venter also swop places.

Meyer will be leading the side onto the field for this match.

The following players are not eligible for team selection due to injury: Quintin Vorster (ankle), Ntokosa Vidima (wrist), Dries Swanepoel (shoulder), Erich de Jager (bicep), Oupa Mohoje (knee), Luan de Bruin (ankle), Justin Basson (pneumonia), Jasper Wiese (shoulder), Louis Fouche (bicep), Zee Mkhabela (ankle), Lloyd Greeff (ankle), Elandre Huggett (knee), Sibabalo Qoma (ankle). Niell Stannard to Griffons.


Toyota Cheetahs: Malcolm Jaer, William Small-Smith, Bernard Janse van Rensburg, Nico Lee, Rabz Maxwane, Tian Schoeman, Tian Meyer (capt), Aidon Davis, Junior Pokomela, Gerhard Olivier, JP Du Preez, Walt Steenkamp, Aranos Coetzee, Joseph Dweba, Charles Marais.

Replacements Jacques du Toit, Ox Nche, Gunther van Rensburg, Dennis Visser, Niell Jordaan, Marnus van der Merwe, Ryno Eksteen.

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