Two changes from Cheetahs

Date published: April 20 2017

Cheetahs head coach Franco Smith has made two changes to his starting line-up that will take on the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

Following their 41-27 loss to the Chiefs in Bloemfontein last weekend, Charles Marais comes in at loosehead in place of a benched Ox Nche.

Meanwhile in the backs, a hamstring injury rules out Sergeal Petersen so William Small-Smith comes onto the right wing for the away game.

There’s a boost on the bench for head coach Smith as impressive flank Uzair Cassiem makes a comeback from a knee injury to don jersey 21.

Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 William Small-Smith, 13 Francois Venter (c), 12 Nico Lee, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Niel Marais, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Henco Venter, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Carl Wegner, 4 Armandt Koster, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Charles Marais
Replacements: 16 Elandre Huggett, 17 Ox Nche, 18 Tom Botha, 19 Francois Uys, 20 Niell Jordaan, 21 Uzair Cassiem, 22 Tian Meyer, 23 Fred Zeilinga

Date: Saturday, April 22
Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kick-off: 17:15 local (15:15 GMT)
Referee: Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand)
Assistant Referees: Angus Gardner (Australia), AJ Jacobs (South Africa)
TMO: Willie Vos (South Africa)

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