BLOEMFONTEIN – Cheetahs coach Rory Duncan has announced his team for Friday’s encounter against Leinster at the Free State Stadium.
Springbok Sevens star Rosco Specman will be making his return after an injury, sending Luther Obi to the bench, while scrumhalves Tian Meyer and Shaun Venter will be switching places, with Meyer in the starting line-up.
Prop Charles Marais will be starting at loosehead, with Ox Nche providing cover on the bench.
Springbok Oupa Mohoje has recovered from an injury and will be starting at No 8, sending Junior Pokomela to the bench.
The following players are not eligible for team selection due to injury: Elandré Huggett (knee), Neil Jordaan (ankle and knee), Steven Meiring (appendix), Gerhard Olivier (ankle), Clinton Swart (knee), Ruan van Rensburg (knee), Fred Zeilinga (hip) and Niel Marais (shoulder).
15 Sergeal Petersen, 14 Rosco Specman, 13 Francois Venter (captain), 12 William Small-Smith, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Ernst Stapelberg, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Oupa Mohoje, 7 Henco Venter, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Justin Basson, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Charles Marais.
Bench: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Ox Nche, 18 Johan Coetzee, 19 Rynier Bernardo, 20 Junior Pokomela, 21 Shaun Venter, 22 Nico Lee, 23 Luther Obi.
African News Agency (ANA)