Venter starts for Free State Cheetahs

Date published: September 13 2016

Free State Cheetahs head coach Franco Smith has made a handful of changes to his starting team that will take on the Golden Lions on Thursday.

The Bloemfontein clash will see the hosts looking to back up last week's victory over the Sharks in Durban as they return to home soil.

Shaun Venter comes in for Tian Meyer at scrum-half as hooker Torsten Van Jaarsveld is named as captain for the Free State Stadium clash.

Elsewhere, William Small-Smith replaces Michael Van der Spuy at number 12 while Niel Marais gets a start over Fred Zeilinga at fly-half. Up front, Justin Basson comes in to the second-row in place of Carl Wegner.

Free State Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Rayno Benjamin, 13 Nico Lee, 12 William Small-Smith, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Niel Marais, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Henco Venter, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Justin Basson, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld (c), 1 Ox Nche
Replacements: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Armandt Koster, 19 Tienie Burger, 20 Niell Jordaan, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Fred Zeilinga

Date: Thursday, September 16
Venue: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Kick-off: 19:00 local (17:00 GMT)
Referee: Jaco van Heerden
Assistant referees: Lourens van der Merwe, Jaco Kotze
TMO: JJ Wagner