Sarel Pretorius’ Perfect XV

The former Cheetahs, Waratahs, Dragons and Kings scrumhalf names a team of the best he played alongside and against.

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15 Riaan Viljoen

Riaan is very strong with ball in hand, has a big handoff and massive boot that can put any team on the front foot.

14 Nemani Nadolo

A 137kg wing with speed and the Fijian skill. Nemani is like a runaway train on the pitch.

13 Robert Ebersohn

Brilliant on attack and a massive team player with a high work rate and a big heart.

12 Frans Steyn

A world-class all-round player, Frans is good on defence, a great ball-carrier and a team man. He will always give his team a massive advantage with his big boot.

11 Cheslin Kolbe

One of the best attacking players in the world, Cheslin can create something out of nothing. A true X-factor player.

10 Beauden Barrett

Beauden reads the game very well. He is excellent on attack and quick off the mark.

9 Aaron Smith

A nippy scrumhalf, Aaron loves to speed up the game. He has a great pass and his decision-making is always spot on.

8 Toby Faletau

One of the most skilful players around. Brilliant with the ball in hand. He always gets over the advantage line.

7 Juan Smith (c)

Juan always led by example. The heart of the Cheetahs team. He would be the first name on your team sheet.

6 Heinrich Brussow

He was a world-class fetcher and it was always great to have him in your team. Heinrich had a never-say-die attitude.

5 Brodie Retallick

Brodie is simply brilliant around the park. He has a high work rate and is a great lineout option.

4 Bakkies Botha

Big and solid, Bakkies is one of the most physical players of all time.

3 WP Nel

He is a very good scrummager and is strong with ball in hand. He is also a skilful prop. We called him the Buffalo.

2 Adriaan Strauss

Adriaan was a great leader. Solid in the lineouts and played like a fourth loose forward.

1 Tendai Mtawarira

Beast was an explosive and mobile prop, and a powerful scrummager.

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