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Marais at 12 for Cheetahs


  • 12 Jan 2018
Niel Maras Niel Maras

Niel Marais has replaced the injured Francois Venter for the Cheetahs' clash against the Kings in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

That change sees Nico Lee shift to outside centre, while hooker Torsten van Jaarsveld will lead the side in Venter's absence.

Clayton Blommetjies starts at fullback, with Craig Barry moving to the right wing.

There are also changes to the front row as Tom Botha and Ox Nche replace Johann Coetzee and Charles Marais.

The Cheetahs are third in Conference A of the Pro14, 13 points behind second-placed Munster but with two games in hand.

Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Craig Barry, 13 Nico Lee, 12 Niel Marais, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Uzair Cassiem, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Justin Basson, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld (c), 1 Ox Nche.
Subs :16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Johann Coetzee, 19 Rynier Bernardo, 20 Junior Pokomela, 21 Henco Venter, 22 Zee Mhkabela, 23 AJ Coertzen.

PREVIEW: Kings vs Cheetahs

Photo: Lee Warren/Gallo Images

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