Zeilinga out, Marais in for Cheetahs

Date published: April 13 2017

Cheetahs head coach Franco Smith has named his team for Saturday’s Super Rugby clash against the Chiefs in Bloemfontein.

Props Ox Nche and Johan Coetzee move from the bench to the starting line-up and Charles Marais and Tom Botha will be the front row replacements.

Carl Wegner and Francois Uys swap places with Wegner starting at lock and Uys on the bench.

Niel Marais will be starting at fly-half while Fred Zeilinga will be his back-up.

Nico Lee shifts from wing to centre and Sergeal Petersen will be starting in the number 14 jersey. Junior Pokomela or Luther Obi will be replacing Clinton Swart on the bench.

Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter (c), 12 Nico Lee, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Niel Marais, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Henco Venter, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Carl Wegner, 4 Armandt Koster, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Ox Nche
Replacements: 16 Elandré Huggett, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Tom Botha, 19 Francois Uys, 20 Niell Jordaan, 21 Junior Pokomela / Luther Obi, 22 Tian Meyer, 23 Fred Zeilinga

Date: Saturday, April 15
Venue: Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein
Kick-off: 15:05 local (13:05 GMT)
Referee: Jaco van Heerden
Assistant Referees: Marius van der Westhuizen, Lourens van der Merwe
TMO: Johan Greeff