The Valke have named their squad to take on the Cheetahs in their final home game of the season. Frank Wagenstroom and Thabo Mamojele, both on loan from the Sharks, have been named in the starting 15 for the first time.
Wagenstroom will start on the left wing this week, forming a powerful looking back three with Johan Jackson and Dewald Potgieter. Jackson and Potgieter are both contracted to the Bulls and also only representing the Valke on a loan basis, making one wonder exactly what the East Rand union actually achieves out of playing virtually an entire team of mercenaries from richer unions. Franco Booysen starts his first game at inside centre with stalwart Rouan Cloete outside him. Regular skipper Hanno Coetzee is at flyhalf this week, with Gerrie Odendaal his scrumhalf partner. Odendaal will join the regular post-season exodus from the Valke ranks as he has managed to secure a contract with the Cheetahs for next year.
Mamojele will start at eighthman this week, with the promising Daan van Coller on the blindside of the scrum. Uwe Sauer, one of the most consistent Valke players this season will continue at openside, where he cause the Sharks pack quite a few hassles last weekend. Nico Luus continues at lock; the veteran having turned in a masterful display in the set pieces in his first game back from retirement last week. Former Shark (and current Bull) Wouter Moore will partner Luus in the second row.
Jody Jenneker is again at hooker, with young props Zane Killian and Dewald “Snoepie” Coetzee packing down at loose and tighthead respectively. The fifth member of the ex-Sharks contingent is journeyman prop Gavin Whittingham, who will wear hte number 17 jersey this week.
The Valke will have their work cut out for them against a Cheetahs outfit whose stated objective is to win by at least 50 points this week.
15 Johan Jackson; 14 Dewald Pretorius, 13 Rouan Cloete, 12 Franco Booysen, 11 Frank Wagenstroom; 10 Hanno Coetzee (capt) 9 Gerrie Odendaal; 8 Thabo Mamojele, 7 Daan-Roux van Coller, 6 Uwe Sauer, 5 Nico Luus, 4 Wouter Moore, 3 Dewald Coetzee, 2 Jody Jeneker, 1 Zane Killian.
Reserves: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Gavin Whittingham, 18 Nico Pretorius, 19 Marius Coetzer, 20 Gert Lubbe, 21 Straatkat van Zyl, 22 Jeff Perkins.