Cheetahs tweak side for crucial WP Currie Cup visit


Cheetahs coach Hawies Fourie has selected Rhyno Smith on the right wing in one of two changes to his team to face Western Province in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

Kick-off is now at 16:30.


Fourie tweaked his side which claimed a convincing win over the Sharks last weekend, making one change in the backline and one in the forward pack.

Smith will return to the starting line-up after playing off the bench last Sunday as he replaces William Small-Smith who will miss the match with a knee injury.

The only other change sees Wilmar Arnoldi start at hooker, with Marnus van der Merwe dropping to the bench as a result.

Fourie has opted for a six-two split between forwards and backs on the bench.

The Cheetahs are currently in fifth place on the Currie Cup log, with WP in second place.

Victory for the Cheetahs would keep them in the playoff hunt and give them a shot at defending their title.

However, a loss will make it very difficult for the Bloemfontein side to qualify for the semi-finals.



15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Rhyno Smith, 13 Dries Swanepoel, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Rosko Specman, 10 Reinhardt Fortuin, 9 Ruben de Haas, 8 Jeandre Rudolph, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Andisa Ntsila, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Carl Wegner (captain), 3 Khutha Mchunu, 2 Wilmar Arnoldi, 1 Boan Venter

Substitutes: 16 Marnus van der Merwe, 17 Erich de Jager, 18 Conraad van Vuuren, 19 Victor Sekekete, 20 Chris Massyn, 21 George Cronje,  22 Howard Mnisi, 23 Tian Meyer

Western Province

15 Damian Willemse, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Dan du Plessis, 12 Rikus Pretorius, 11 Angelo Davids, 10 Tim Swiel, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Johan du Toit, 6 Jaco Coetzee, 5 David Meihuizen, 4 JD Schickerling, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff (captain)

Substitutes (from): 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Kwenzo Blose, 18 Neethling Fouche, 19 Chris van Zyl, 20 Marcel Theunissen, 21 Paul de Wet, 22 Ruhan Nel, 23 Tristan Leyds, 24 Leon Lyons, 25 Chad Solomon, 26 Ben-Jason Dixon Protection Status


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