Bloemfontein – Free State Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske made only one change to his run-on side for their Currie Cup clash against the Sharks at Kings Park in Durban on Saturday.
The Cheetahs are currently third on the overall points log after narrowly beating the Golden Lions at the Free State stadium in Bloemfontein last weekend.
Stalwart and lock Lood de Jager has recovered from a concussion and will reclaim his place in the starting line up at the cost of Teboho Mohoje, who has been moved to the replacement bench.
Burly eighth man Philip van der Walt has recovered from a shoulder injury which kept him out of the Cheetahs clash with the Lions, but Drotske placed him on the replacement bench, with Davon Raubenheimer keeping his spot in the run-on loose trio.
“Both Lood and Philip are back and will each play a role against the Sharks,” Drotske said.
“We also welcome back winger Rayno Benjamin after he proved his fitness. He can also play a big role as impact player.”
Drotske admitted their ability to play the full 80 minutes was something they looked at during the build up to their Durban visit. The Cheetahs dominated the first half against the Lions, only to allow them back into the game in the second stanza.
“It is something that almost cost us dearly against the Lions and something we can ill afford on Saturday against the Sharks,” the Cheetahs coach said.
The Cheetahs side: Hennie Daniller, Riaan Smit, Johann Sadie, Robert Ebersohn, Raymond Rhule, Elgar Watts, Sarel Pretorius, Davon Raubenheimer, Lappies Labuschagne, Boom Prinsloo (captain), Waltie Vermeulen, Lood de Jager, Rossouw de Klerk, Hercu Liebenberg, Trevor Nyakane. Replacements: AJ le Roux, Schalk van der Merwe, Teboho Mohoje, Philip van der Walt, Piet van Zyl, Ryno Benjamin, Willie du Plessis. – Sapa