Cook at eight for Cheetahs

02nd Apr 2014, 11:59

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Number eight: Jean Cook

Number eight: Jean Cook

The Cheetahs have made an enforced change at number eight ahead of their home fixture against Super Rugby champions the Chiefs.

The Cheetahs have made a handful of changes ahead of their home fixture against Super Rugby champions the Chiefs in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

Coach Naka Drotské will be without number eight Philip van der Walt due to a hand injury, which rules him out for approximately eight weeks.

Taking his jersey in their back-row will be Jean Cook, who starts alongside the returning Lappies Labuschange and openside flank Boom Prinsloo.

Loosehead prop Trevor Nyakane also makes a start, replacing Caylib Oosthuizen who moves to the bench, at loosehead prop for the home fixture.

In the backline, Ryno Benjamin continues at inside centre in the absence of Francois Venter.

Cheetahs: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Ryno Benjamin, 11 Hennie Daniller, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Jean Cook, 7 Lappies Labuschagne, 6 Boom Prinsloo, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lodewyk de Jager, 3 Maks van Dyk, 2 Adriaan Strauss (c), 1 Trevor Nyakane.
Replacements: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Rossouw de Klerk, 19 Andries Ferreira, 20 Teboho Mohoje, 21 Shaun Venter, 22 Elgar Watts, 23 Howard Mnisi.

Date: Saturday, April 5
Kick-off: 15:00 local (14:00 BST, 13:00 GMT)
Venue: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Stuart Berry (South Africa), Francois de Bruin (South Africa)
TMO: Deon van Blommenstein (South Africa)