Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske has made a few changes to his starting team for this weekend’s Currie Cup match against the Blue Bulls at Loftus, with the move of young winger Raymond Rhule to outside centre probably the most interesting of them.
It’s been felt that the Cheetahs have lacked thrust on attack and with Rhule, who has been one of the few in the side to shine with ball in hand, preferring centre to wing, the coach has opted to push on his button to see if he can spark something a little closer to the action. Captain Robert Ebersohn moves from 13 to 12, relegating Kings-bound Dries Strauss to the bench.
Rayno Benjamin comes in at left wing to take Rhule’s old spot, while the return to fitness of Philip van der Walt sees him replace Hendro Scholtz in the starting loose trio. The latter drops to the bench, with the injured Davon Raubenheimer missing out this week.
The other changes come in the front row, with Shalk van der Merwe’s injury seeing a shift to loosehead for Marcel van der Merwe and a first start for Ross Geldenhuys on the other side of the scrum. Bok Coenie Oosthuizen is finally fit for selection after picking up a neck injury during the test series against England and he’s been named on the bench this week in the number 17 jersey.
Free State Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Nico Scheepers, 13 Raymond Rhule, 12 Robert Ebersohn (captain), 11 Rayno Benjamin, 10 Tewis de Bruyn, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Pieter Labuschagne, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Francois Uys, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Hercu Liebenberg, 1 Marcel van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 AJ le Roux, 17 Coenie Oosthuizen, 18 Carl Wegner, 19 Hendro Scholtz, 20 Sias Ebersohn, 21 Philip Snyman, 22 Andries Strauss.Tweet