Cheetahs loose forward Philip van der Walt, who was initially included on the bench for this weekend’s Durban clash against the Sharks, has been ruled out.
Van der walt sat out last week’s game against the Lions due to a shoulder knock but was thought to have recovered sufficiently for a replacement role against the Sharks. As of yesterday, though, the joint was still causing him discomfort, according to Beeld and the decision was thus made to replace him with Freddy Ngoza.
Ngoza served as replacement lock last week, but was dropped from the 22 to accommodate the returning Lood de Jager, whose 1-week absence due to concussion should perhaps also raise an eyebrow or two.
Cheetahs (revised): 15. Hennie Daniller, 14. Riaan Smit, 13. Johann Sadie, 12. Robert Ebersohn, 11. Raymond Rhule, 10. Elgar Watts, 9. Sarel Pretorius, 8. Davon Raubenheimer, 7. Lappies Labuschagné, 6. Boom Prinsloo (captain), 5. Waltie Vermeulen, 4. Lood de Jager, 3. Rossouw de Klerk, 2 Hercu Liebenberg 1. Trevor Nyakane.
Replacements – 16. AJ le Roux, 17. Schalk van der Merwe, 18. Oupa Mohoje, 19. Freddy Ngoza, 20. Piet van Zyl, 21. Rayno Benjamin, 22. Willie du Plessis.