Goosen, Oosthuizen back for Cheetahs

06th May 2014, 13:44

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Back at 10: Johan Goosen

Back at 10: Johan Goosen

Cheetahs boss Naka Drotské has recalled two Springboks to his starting XV for Saturday's clash with the Western Force in Bloemfontein.

Cheetahs boss Naka Drotské has recalled two Springboks to his starting XV for Saturday's clash with the Western Force in Bloemfontein.

Fly-half Johan Goosen and prop Coenie Oosthuizen return to the run-on side after making an impact from the bench against the Bulls in Pretoria last weekend.

Goosen, who has recovered from a concussion, replaces Elgar Watts, while Oosthuizen comes in for Maks van Dyk at tighthead prop. Both Watts and Van Dyk find themselves among the replacements.

The coach opted to include wing Raymond Rhule in the side even though he aggravated an ankle injury against the Bulls. Should he not recover in time, Cornal Hendricks will be promoted from the bench.

"If Raymond cannot play, Cornal will come into the starting line-up and Howard Mnisi will sit on the bench," said Drotské.

"It looks like Raymond will play and our medical team is confident that he will be ready to face the Force.

"Both of them are playing very well, so we should be fine should Raymond need to sit out for another week."

With flanker Jean Cook sidelined with a shoulder injury after the last game, versatile loose forward and lock Teboho Mohoje gets his chance in what will be his run-on début against the Force.

"Teboho is very quick on the attack and a quality jumper in the lineouts where he contests well. It is time for him to make the step up and show that he can play Super Rugby and start on a regular basis," Drotské said.

"He has done well thus far, but this is the first start for him and a good opportunity to show he can play the full 80 minutes."

Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Raymond Rhule/Cornal Hendricks, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Rayno Benjamin, 11 Willie le Roux, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Boom Prinsloo, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Adriaan Strauss (c), 1 Caylib Oosthuizen.
Replacements: 16 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Maks van Dyk, 19 Carel Greeff, 20 Waltie Vermeulen, 21 Shaun Venter, 22 Elgar Watts, 23 Cornal Hendricks/Howard Mnisi.

Date: Saturday, May 10
Kick-off: 17:05 local (16:05 BST, 15:05 GMT)
Venue: Free State Stadium, Bleomfontein
Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Assistant Referees: Francois de Bruin (South Africa), Marius Jonker (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)