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Watts to start for Cheetahs

15th May 2013 13:24

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Elgar Watts Cheetahs v Kings 2013

Elgar Watts: Replaces Burton Francis

Cheetahs boss Naka Drotské has made two changes to his starting XV for Saturday's clash with the Reds in Bloemfontein.

In the back-line, Elgar Watts will get his first start in place of Burton Francis while, up front, Lappies Labushagne has recovered from injury and replaces Frans Viljoen on the flank.

Watts played a big role as an impact player in the Cheetahs' loss to the Hurricanes last week, looking fresh on attack and kicking accurately at goal, something that Burton Francis had been struggling with the last couple of weeks.

Francis was left out altogether, with Riaan Smit coming in as back-up on the replacements bench.

Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Willie le Roux, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Lappies Labuschagne, 6 Heinrich Brussow, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lood de Jager, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Adriaan Strauss (c), 1 Coenie Oosthuizen.
Replacements: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Ligtoring Landman, 19 Boom Prinsloo, 20 Sarel Pretorius, 21 Riaan Smit, 22 Rayno Benjamin.

Date: Saturday, May 18
Kick-off: 19:10 local (18:10 GMT)
Venue: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Stuart Berry (South Africa), Sieg van Staden (South Africa)
Television match official: Johan Greeff (South Africa)

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