The Cheetahs have named their team to face the Lions in the second match of the Lions Challenge, which doubles as a preseason friendly for the men from Bloemfontein, with Naka Drotske resting, or rather saving, key players.
Cheetahs captain Adriaan Strauss will not take part in the game and neither will Juan Smith, Heinrich Brussow or newly signed Johann Sadie, with Smith and Brussow fit and training, but being saved for Super Rugby, while Sadie has a slight hamstring strain. There is also no sign of the young Johan Goosen.
The biggest problem for Drotske at the moment is his second row, with his first choice pairing of Martin Muller and Andries Ferreira set to miss the opening weeks of Super Rugby. Muller has been ruled out for up to three months, while Ferreira is set to miss the opening match against the Sharks as well as the four week tour thereafter.
Robert Ebersohn will take over the captaincy for this match while we see the Francois Brummer taking the flyhalf berth outside Piet van Zyl. The loose trio of Prinsloo, Daniller and Schoeman is an exciting one, with Daniller making his first appearance in the orange strip.
Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Jannie Boshoff, 13 JP Nel, 12 Robert Ebersohn (captain), 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Pieter van Zyl, 8 Boom Prinsloo, 7 Tertius Daniller, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lodewyk de Jager, 3 Rossouw de Klerk, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Caylib Oosthuizen.
Substitutes: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Ligtoring Landman, 19 Waltie Vermeulen, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Barry Geel, 22 Hansie Graaff.Tweet