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Cheetahs coach wields the axe

  • 17 Aug 2017
Francois Venter on the run against the Bulls Francois Venter on the run against the Bulls

Coach Rory Duncan has made eight changes to the Free State Cheetahs team for Saturday’s clash against the Blue Bulls at Loftus.

In the backline, right wing Sergeal Petersen, outside centre Francois Venter and inside centre William Small-Smith are thrust back into the run-on XV at the expense of Rosko Specman, JW Jonker and Rayno Benjamin.

In the revamped pack, flank Oupa Mohoje and Gerhard Olivier complete the loose trio, Rynier Bernardo takes over at No 5 lock and the props are rotated, with Tom Botha and Ox Nche earning starting berths this week.

Free State Cheetahs – 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter (c), 12 William Small-Smith, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Ryno Eksteen, 9 Zee Mkhabela, 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Gerhard Olivier, 5 Rynier Bernardo, 4 Armand Koster, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Jacques du Toit, 1 Ox Nche.
Subs: 16 Erich de Jager, 17 Joseph Dweba, 18 Dennis Visser, 19 Henco Venter, 20 Juan-Philip Smith, 21 Ali Mgijima, 22 Rosko Specman.

Photo: Johan Pretorius/Gallo Images

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