Cheetahs head coach Naka DrotskÃ© has kept the faith with his starting team for their Super Rugby match against the Kings on Saturday.
Cheetahs head coach Naka DrotskÃ© has kept the faith with his starting team for their Super Rugby match against the Kings in Bloemfontein.
After beating the Sharks in Durban last week, the Cheetahs sit second in the SA conference, with DrotskÃ© making only two changes to the bench.
Elgar Watts has been included, while prop Trevor Nyakane (hip) passed a fitness test and could be utilised as an impact man this Saturday.
Another huge plus for the Cheetahs is the return of scrum-half Sarel Pretorius, who has recovered from a hamstring injury to help bolster the bench.
“Both Sarel and Elgar are attacking players that we can utilise in the second half against the Kings,” DrotskÃ© said after naming his team on Wednesday. “The Kings are a very good team that don't get the credit they deserve.”
Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Willie le Roux, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Burton Francis, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Phillip van der Walt, 7 Lappies Labuschagne, 6 Heinrich Brussow, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lood de Jager, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Adriaan Strauss (capt), 1 Coenie Oosthuizen.
Replacements: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Rynhard Landman, 19 Frans Viljoen, 20 Sarel Pretorius, 21 Francois Brummer, 22 Ryno Benjamin.
Date: Saturday, April 27
Kick-off: 19:10 local (18:10 BST, 17:10 GMT)
Venue: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Referee: Jonathon White (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Marius Jonker (South Africa),Stefan Breytenbach (South Africa)
Television match official: Deon van Blommestein (South Africa)