In a surprise move, Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské has not dropped Sias Ebersohn, and the young flyhalf will get to start another match for the Bloemfontein side.
The team has seen a bit of a shuffle amongst the loose forwards, with news that Heinrich Brüssow is out of action for six months, and has replaced the Springbok with a lock in Francois Uys, on the side of the scrum.
The young Carl Wegner will take Uys’ spot in the second row, forming a partnership with Izak van der Westhuizen. The loose trio is made up of Lappies Labuschagne, Uys and Philip van der Walt, while Davon Raubenheimer is the only remaining fit loose forward in the Free State.
In the backline, Andries Strauss, who is on his way to the Kings at the end of the season, gets a start with Raymond Rhule moving back to wing.
Free State Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Nico Scheepers, 13 Robert Ebersohn (captain), 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Francois Uys, 6 Lappies Labuschagne, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Hercu Liebenberg, 1 Marcel van der Merwe.
Substitutes: 16 AJ le Roux, 17 Brummer Badenhorst, 18 Waltie Vermeulen, 19 Davon Raubenheimer, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Philip Snyman, 22 Rayno Benjamin.Tweet