Cheetahs coach Hawies Fourie has named a strong lineup for Saturday’s Currie Cup clash against the Sharks in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
Following his release from the Springbok squad, wing Rosko Specman has been fast-tracked into the Cheetahs’ starting XV, alongside Clayton Blommetjies and Duncan Saal in the back three.
David Brots and Siya Masuku are the preferred midfield duo with Brandon Thomson and captain Ruan Pienaar serving as the halfback axis.
Up front, Aidon Davis, Jacques Potgieter and Jeandre Rudolph make up the loose trio. Jean Droste partners Rynier Bernardo in the second row and in the front row, hooker Marnus van der Merwe will scrum down with props Hencus van Wyk and Aluluthu Tshakweni.
Cheetahs – 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Duncan Saal, 13 David Brits, 12 Siya Masuku, 11 Rosko Specman, 10 Brandon Thomson, 9 Ruan Pienaar (c), 8 Aidon Davis, 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 Jeandre Rudolph, 5 Jean Droste, 4 Rynier Bernardo, 3 Hencus van Wyk, 2 Marnus van der Merwe, 1 Aluluthu Tshakweni.
Subs: 16 Louis van der Westhuizen, 17 Cameron Dawson, 18 Conraad van Vuuren, 19 Victor Sekekete, 20 Junior Pokomela, 21 Zinedine Booysen, 22 Reinhardt Fortuin, 23 Chris Smit.