A 27-man Cheetahs departed on their Antipodean tour at the weekend after opening their Vodacom Super Rugby account with a 15-9 win over the Bulls in Bloemfontein. A bad loss to the Lions in round 1, however, means that they’ll need to do as well this year on tour as they did in 2013 (when they won three matches) in order to make up the lost ground.
The good news, though, is that they didn’t pick up any fresh injuries during the win over the Bulls and the entire 23 that took part has boarded the plane, along with four others.
New faces added to the squad for the tour are lock Andries Ferreira, hooker Hercu Liebenberg, wing Rayno Benjamin and centre Howard Mnisi. They open their tour with a winnable enough fixture, against the Rebels in Melbourne. This year’s lob-sided fixture list means that the newest Australian franchise will be playing their first game of the campaign, further adding to Cheetah confidence levels.
Toyota Cheetahs tour squad:
Forwards: Philip van der Walt, Pieter Labuschagné, Johannes Prinsloo, Jean Cook, Francois Uys, Lodewyk de Jager, Rynhardt Landman, Andries Ferreira, Coenie Oosthuizen, Caylib Oosthuizen, Trevor Nyakane, Nicolaas van Dyk, Adriaan Strauss (captain), Ryno Barnes, Hercu Liebenberg.
Backs: Willie le Roux, Hennie Daniller, Cornal Hendricks, Raymond Rhule, Rayno Benjamin, Johann Sadie, Francois Venter, Howard Mnisi, Johan Goosen, Elgar Watts, Shaun Venter, Sarel Pretorius.Tweet