All change for Cheetahs

Date published: September 9 2014

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The Cheetahs have rung the changes for their crucial Currie Cup clash with the Sharks in Bloemfontein.

The Cheetahs have rung the changes for their crucial Currie Cup clash with the Sharks in Bloemfontein.

The Free State side lost for the third time in their last game against the Pumas, and now find themselves fifth in the table, with only the top four making the play-offs.

As a result coach Rory Duncan has made drastic changes, with Sarel Pretorius the only player to keep his shirt in the backline from last week.

Rayno Benjamin moves from wing to full-back, with Maphutha Dolo and JP du Plessis joining him in the back three.

Francois Venter and Joubert Engelbrecht will join forces in the centres outside Willie du Plessis at fly-half.

There is also change in the pack, where Pieter Labuschagne comes in at number eight, and props George Marich and Caylib Oosthuizen also get the nod.

Free State Cheetahs: 15 Rayno Benjamin, 14 Maphutha Dolo, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Joubert Engelbrecht, 11 JP du Plessis, 10 Willie Du Plessis, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Pieter Labuschagne, 7 Neil Claassen, 6 Tienie Burger, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Henco Venter, 3 George Marich, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld (c), 1 Caylib Oosthuizen.
Replacements: 16 Abraham le Roux, 17 Rudolph Botha, 18 Werner Lourens, 19 Vincent Jobo, 20 Shaun Venter, 21 Pieter-Steyn de Wet, 22 AJ Coertzen.

Date: Saturday, September 12
Kick-off: 15.00 (13.00 GMT)
Venue: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Referee: Stuart Berry
Assistant referees: Rasta Rasivhenge, Cwengile Jadezweni
TMO: JJ Wagner

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