Cheetahs change two for Force

Date published: June 30 2016

Cheetahs head coach Franco Smith has made a couple of changes to his starting XV to play the Force in Bloemfontein this Saturday.

Loosehead prop Ox Nche will take Charles Marais' place in the line-up and will link up with Maks van Dyk and Torsten van Jaarsveld. With Lood de Jager out injured Carl Wegner will try and fill the Springbok giant's shoes.

The rest of the changes are all on the bench with Joseph Dweba donning the 16 jersey. The former SA U20 player could get his first cap in Super Rugby for the Cheetahs if called upon to replace Van Jaarsveld.

Reniel Hugo, Henco Venter, George Whitehead and William Small-Smith all return from injury. The only players to retain their positions on the bench are Luan de Bruin and Shaun Venter.

Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter (C), 12 Michael van der Spuy, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Uzair Cassiem, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Francois Uys (vc), 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Maks van Dyk, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Ox Nche
Replacements: 16 Joseph Dweba, 17 Luan de Bruin, 18 Johan Coetzee, 19 Reniel Hugo, 20 Henco Venter, 21 Shaun Venter, 22
George Whitehead, 23 William Small-Smith

Date: Saturday, July 2
Venue: Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein
Kick-off: 15:00 local (13:00 GMT)
Referee: Kubo Shuhei (Japan)
Assistant Referees: AJ Jacobs (South Africa), Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)
TMO: Willie Vos (South Africa)