Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske seems to have lost his patience with Sias Ebersohn by dropping him to the bench for the match against the Lions, opting instead to play a scrumhalf in the pivot jersey, with Tewis de Bruyn getting the nod.
Drotske, who has called on Nico Scheepers to do the goal kicking in an attempt to relieve Sias of any other pressure, seems to have made a decision to leave Sias on the bench until he finally leaves at the end of the year, to play for the Western Force in Super Rugby next year.
Other changes to the Cheetahs starting line-up see ex-retiree Hendro Scholtz coming into the starting line-up in place of Davon Raubenheimer and a return to action for lock Francois Uys, replacing Andries Ferreira.
Free State Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Nico Scheepers, 13 Robert Ebersohn (c), 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Tewis du Bruyn, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Hendro Scholtz, 7 Lappies Labuschagne, 6 Heinrich Brussow, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Francois Uys, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Hercu Liebenberg, 1 Schalk van der Merwe.
Subs: 16 Elandré Huggett, 17 Ross Geldenhuys, 18 Carl Wegner, 19 Davon Raubenheimer, 20 Sias Ebersohn, 21 Phillip Snyman, 22 Rayno Benjamin.Tweet