Cheetahs stalwart to start against Griquas
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Cheetahs coach Hawies Fourie has made two changes to his starting line-up for their Currie Cup Round 12 match against Griquas on Saturday.
The unbeaten Cheetahs travel to Kimberley to face Griquas in what promise to be an epic encounter between the neighbouring sides.
Clayton Blommetjies, who returns from injury, will replace Cohen Jasper at fullback.
This is set to be Blommetjies’ last season at the Cheetahs after it has been confirmed that the 31-year-old signed a two-year deal with the Stormers earlier this month.
Blommetjies is set to replace Warrick Gelant, as the Springbok will leave Cape Town for a Frensch Top14 club.
The other change is in the pack.
Cameron Dawson will be wearing the number 1 jersey – replacing Schalk Ferreira.
Meanwhile, Alulutho Tshakweni provides cover on the bench.
Veteran Ruan Pienaar retains the captain’s armband.
Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies , 14 Daniel Kasende, 13 David Brits, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Rosko Specman, 10 Siyabonga Masuku, 9 Ruan Pienaar (captain), 8 Mihlali Mosi, 7 Andisa Ntsila, 6 Gideon van der Merwe, 5 Victor Sekekete, 4 Aidon Davis, 3 Aranos Coetzee, 2 Marnus van der Merwe, 1 Cameron Dawson.
Replacements: 16 Louis van der Westhuizen, 17 Alulutho Tshakweni, 18 Conraad van Vuuren, 19 Ockie Barnard, 20 Jeandré Rudolph, 21 Rewan Kruger, 22 Reinhardt Fortuin, 23 Cohen Jasper.
Date: Saturday, May 28
Venue: Griquas Park, Kimberley
Kick-off: 14.30 (12.30 GMT)
Referee: Cwengile Jadezweni
Assistant Referees: Phumzile Mbewu, Local
TMO: Christie du Preez