Springbok Meyer Bosman’s hamstring injury has forced Free State Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske to take the bold step and include SA Under-20 centre Robert Ebersohn for Saturday’s Absa Currie Cup match against the Sharks in Bloemfontein.
The inclusion of the youngster, who also a Sevens Springbok, is one of three changes to the starting lineup that lost to the Blue Bulls at Loftus last weekend.
At hooker, Jaco van Zyl gets a rare chance to start after the Springbok call-up to Adriaan Strauss, whose cousin Richardt Strauss moves onto the bench in Van Zyl’s place.
David de Villiers replaces Flip van der Merwe at lock in an effort to bolster the Cheetahs’ lineout.
Springbok flank Kabamba Floors is back on the bench after sitting out last weekend’s match for disciplinary reasons.
The team is:
Bevin Fortuin; Eddie Fredericks, JW Jonker, Robert Ebersohn, Jongi Nokwe; Chris Rossouw, Neil Powell; Schalk van der Merwe, Hendro Scholtz (capt.), Heinrich Brussow, Barend Pieterse, David de Villiers, Kobus Calldo, Jaco du Toit, Wian du Preez. Replacements: Richardt Strauss, Phillip Lemmer, Flip van der Merwe, Kabamba Floors, Tewis de Bruyn, Hendrik Meyer, Fabian JuriesTweet