The Cheetahs have been forced to make changes to their loose trio for this weekend’s game against the in-form Western Province, after both Frans Viljoen and Kabamba Floors suffered injuries against the Sharks last week.
The silver lining to the loose forward injury crisis, though, comes in the form of fit-again Bok fetcher Heinrich Brussow; the chunky flanker was in superb form against the SHarks in a late-season Super Rugby game before a knee injury forced him off the park at half time. He’s now finally back to fitness and will start in his customary number 6 jersey, where he’ll have a job to do against retreaded hooker Deon Fourie, who’s been doing a fine ball-poaching job for Province of late.
Davon Raubenheimer comes in to replace Floors at the back of the scrum, with veteran Hendro Scholtz included in the match 22 as expected. The 33-year-old is also a former Bok (although I’ll be honest that I can’t remember exactly when – it was that long ago) and has just returned to SA after a season or two with Agen in France.
Centre Andries Strauss has seemingly served out his team-imposed suspension for various acts of indiscipline this season and has been brought back into the number 12 jersey, at the expense of Barry Geel this week.
Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Nico Scheepers, 13 Robert Ebersohn (capt), 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Davon Raubenheimer, 7 Lappies Labuschagne, 6 Heinrich Brussow, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 5 Andries Ferreira, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Hercu Liebenberg, 1 Schalk van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Elandré Huggett, 17 Ross Geldenhuys, 18 Waltie Vermeulen, 19 Hendro Scoltz, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Philip Snyman, 22 Rayno Benjamin.Tweet