Pienaar set for Cheetahs debut off bench
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Free State Cheetahs head coach Franco Smith has tweaked his team to face the Golden Lions in a Currie Cup Round Four clash in Bloemfontein on Friday.
In the backline, Tapiwa Mafura will be starting on the wing and making his Currie Cup debut, replacing the injured William Small-Smith.
In the pack, Marnus van der Merwe moves to the starting line-up, with Abongile Nonkontwana providing cover on the bench.
Van der Merwe will wear the No.6 jersey with Junior Pokomela moving to the No.7 flank.
Meanwhile, Springbok scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar will be making his debut in a Free State Cheetahs jersey when he steps onto the field after being named on the bench for Saturday’s encounter.
The Cheetahs are currently sitting on top of the Currie Cup standings with a maximum 10 points from their two matches so far.
The Golden Lions are also unbeaten with nine points from their two matches.
Free State Cheetahs: 15 Darron Adonis, 14 Tapiwa Mafura, 13 Benhard Janse van Rensburg, 12 Dries Swanepoel, 11 Sibahle Maxwane, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Tian Meyer, (captain), 8 Henco Venter, 7 Junior Pokomela, 6 Marnus van der Merwe, 5 Walt Steenkamp, 4 Sitno Manjesi, 3 Aranos Coetzee, 2 Joseph Dweba, 1 Retshegofaditswe Nche.
Replacements: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Reinach Venter, 19 Jean-Pierre du Preez, 20 Abongile Nonkontwana, 21 Gerhard Olivier, 22 Ruan Pienaar, 23 Louis Fouche.
Date: Friday, August 2
Venue: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Kick-off: 19.15 (17.15 GMT)
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen, Griffin Colby
TMO: Lourens van der Merwe
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