Petersen starts for Free State

Date published: October 13 2016

Free State Cheetahs head coach Franco Smith has named his side for their Currie Cup semi-final against the Golden Lions in Bloemfontein.

Saturday's match will see the table-toppers run out with two changes to their XV as Sergeal Petersen replaces Ryno Benjamin on the wing while Paul Schoeman comes in for Henco Venter on the openside flank, with the remainder of the side unchanged from the win over Griquas.

Free State finished the regular-season with an impressive eight wins out of eight and will hope that superb run continues this weekend.

Free State Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francios Venter, 12 Nico Lee, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Niel Marais, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Niell Jordaan, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Justin Basson, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Ox Nche
Replacements: 16 Jacques Du Toit, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Armandt Koster, 19 Henco Venter, 20 Tian Meyer, 21 Fred Zeilinga, 22 Ryno Benjamin, 23 Conraad Van Vuuren

Date: Saturday, October 15
Venue: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Kick-off: 15:00 local (13:00 GMT)
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant Referees: Quinton Immelman, Rodney Boneparte
TMO: Marius Jonker