Fred Z spearheads Cheetah charge

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Original Content, Super Rugby on 24 Feb 2016 at 13:31
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Former Sharks flyhalf Fred Zeilinga will be in the hot seat when the Cheetahs get their Super Rugby campaign under way against Los Jaguares in Bloemfontein this weekend.

Francois Venter captains a young side that will be without veterans in Francois Uys and Sias Ebersohn for the opener. Venter will have former schoolboy partner William Small-Smith alongside him in midfield and will look to Zeilinga and scrumhalf Shaun Venter to unleash a centre pairing that was highly regarded during their Grey College days.

Teh rest of the backline is exciting, with Clayton Blommetjies, Sergeal Peterseon and Raymond Thule all renowned for their running abilities.

Lood de Jager, as vice captain, adds the steel up front, with Franco Smith having named a pack that while short on big names, does not lack for Super Rugby experience. The Jaguares will certainly test the Cheetahs up front, but this should make for a very exciting match indeed.

Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter (capt), 12 William Small-Smith, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Niell Jordaan, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Boom Prinsloo, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Maks van Dyk, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Charles Marais.
Replacements: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Ox Nche, 18 Luan de Bruin, 19 Reniel Hugo, 20 Henco Venter, 21 Paul Schoeman, 22 Tian Meyer, 23 Niel Marais.


  • Actually sad that the sharks didn’t sign small-smith, I like him as a centre. Hoping the cheetahs can beat the argies!

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.02.16 13:39:41 by Dragnipur Reply
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  • @Dragnipur (Comment 1) : Only Cheetah I really want is Lood

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.02.16 13:48:13 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • This looks a fairly decent team but to be honest im not sure what they will produce…could be good but could also be average if their big players dont stand up.

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.02.16 14:07:11 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 3) : The problem is, if they don’t stand up from the 1st kick of, I think they will be in for a rough afternoon against these jags

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.02.16 14:10:05 by Henkb Reply
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  • @Henkb (Comment 4) : That would be my assumption…but im also not sure what the Jaguares will bring to the party away from home. I think this good go either way

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.02.16 14:53:32 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Cheetas boast an impressive Super Rugby cap difference to los Jaguares :)

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.02.16 14:54:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : 22 to 0 for the Cheetahs over the Jaguares :lol:

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.02.16 14:56:55 by ChrisS Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : then it’s an easy game for the Cheetahs as experience always wins!!!! ;-p

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.02.16 16:44:48 by JD Reply
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  • Cheetah backline makes me envious. Too bad they almost never get good front foot ball.

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.02.16 17:31:54 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 9) : not a bad backline at all!!! Now their forwards needs to step up and give them ball to run!!!

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.02.16 17:43:21 by JD Reply
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  • Hmmmm this is such a hard game to call. I’d like to think the Cheetahs should be able to win at home.

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.02.16 17:47:33 by Kiss_the_Gold Reply

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  • @Kiss_the_Gold (Comment 11) : think it will depend on how the Cheetahs forwards play.

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.02.16 18:32:32 by JD Reply
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  • So definitely supporting the Cheetahs…in this setup we want the guys in our conference to lose every time…

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.02.16 22:00:59 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 13) : would have supported them anyway but now that you put it like that GO CHEETAHS!!!!!!

  • Comment 14, posted at 24.02.16 22:22:03 by JD Reply
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  • I have just read Riaan Viljoen is starting for Sunwolves this weekend.Looks like there are Sharks (or connections) in most of the teams playing in Super Rugby!! :grin: Cheetahs,Bulls,Lions,Kings,Stormers,Sunwolves……… :lol:

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.02.16 11:18:50 by markm Reply

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  • @markm (Comment 15) : Bulls? You mean Jesse Kriel?

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.02.16 11:37:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) : That I do. :grin:

  • Comment 17, posted at 25.02.16 15:15:23 by markm Reply

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