The Cheetahs will have their front-line players back when they play the Brumbies in a Super 14 rugby match in Canberra on Friday.
Pieter Jordaan writes in Volksblad that after resting a number of stars against the Crusaders last week, the Cheetahs coaches have reverted to the starting lineup that faced the Chiefs.
The Cheetahs, after losing 22-20 to the Chiefs and 55-7 to the Crusaders, now have to try to register their first win of the season.
Dawie Theron, who coaches the forwards, says the Cheetahs have to put the Christchurch result behind them as soon as possible.
“The guys know we played some good rugby in our previous matches. Now they just have to go out and attack with confidence,” Theron said on Tuesday.
No 8 Duanne Vermeulen and flank Heinrich Brüssow are among the stalwarts returning for the match against the Brumbies.
They performed with great confidence against the Chiefs and their energy was infectious.
One of the few survivors
The Cheetahs missed, in particular, Brüssow’s presence against the Crusaders, who had All Black captain Richie McCaw in the pack.
Now he will be up against Brumbies captain and Wallaby flank George Smith, who is scheduled to play in his 100th Super Rugby match.
Smith is one of the few survivors of the successful Brumbies teams of recent years.
Stephen Larkham, George Gregan and Jeremy Paul are playing in the northern hemisphere and Stirling Mortlock, Clyde Rathbone and Julian Huxley are among a number of injured Brumbies stars
However, the Brumbies are known as a clever and disciplined team and Theron says the Cheetahs will respect their Australian opponents.
“But we are looking for our first victory. We have to win somewhere. I believe if we are at our best and play the way we practise we should have a good chance.”
Lock Rory Duncan will return as captain after Hendro Scholtz led the team in Christchurch.
CJ van der Linde and Jacques-Louis Potgieter have been named among the substitutes and Kabamba Floors may have recovered sufficiently to be employed as impact player.
The Cheetahs team:
Hennie Daniller, Eddie Fredericks, JW Jonker, Meyer Bosman, Jongi Nokwe, Conrad Barnard, Falie Oelschig, Duanne Vermeulen, Darron Nell, Heinrich Brüssow, Barend Pieterse, Rory Duncan (capt), Kobus Calldo, Adriaan Strauss, Wian du Preez.
Substitutes: Richardt Strauss, CJ van der Linde, David de Villiers, Kabamba Floors, Tewis de Bruyn, Jacques-Louis Potgieter and Hendrik Meyer.