Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske has handed former Valke pivot Riaan “True Blue” Smit the number 10 jersey ahead of his side’s clash against the Sharks this weekend.
Smit, who has been out of favour as a flyhalf since arriving in Bloemfontein a few seasons back, has been forced to make do with a handful appearances at wing and fullback, however, injury first-choice flyhalf Johan Goosen and a run of nightmarish form from stand-in Sias Ebersohn have seen the latter dropped to the bench for this weekend’s game.
Aside from the change at flyhalf, Drotske has kept faith in the balance of the side that narrowly went down against the Stormers at Newlands over the weekend.
Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Cameron Jacobs, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Willie le Roux, 10 Riaan Smit, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Justin Downey, 6 Heinrich Brussouw, 5 George Earle, 4 Izak van der Westhuizen, 3 WP Nel, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Coenie Oosthuizen
Substitutes: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Andries Ferreira, 19 Ashley Johnson, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Philip SnymanTweet