Two changes to Cheetahs side for Force clash

2013-03-21 00:00

PERTH — Injuries to Johan Goosen and Frans Viljoen have forced Naka Drotske to make two changes to the Cheetahs match-day 22 for their clash with the Force in Perth on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 12.45 pm SA time.

The freak accident to flyhalf Johan Goosen is the one change, with Riaan Smit getting his first start of the tournament for 2013.

Smit is up against his understudy from last season, Sias Ebersohn, after he replaced the Force flyhalf after two disappointing performances last season.

Smit (28) will hope to make an impression for the Cheetahs, with journeyman flyhalf Burton Francis breathing down his neck from the bench.

The other change in the starting XV sees the return of Heinrich Brüssow.

The Cheetahs are going to have their work cut out for them when they head to Perth as the Force are coming off a historic win against the Reds, where they outplayed the former champions in almost every aspect of the game.

Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Willie le Roux, 13 Johan Sadie, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Riaan Smit, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Phillip van der Walt, 7 Pieter

Labuschagne, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lodewyk de Jager, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Trevor Nyakane. Replacements: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Coenie Oosthuisen, 18 Rynhard Landman, 19 Johannes Prinsloo, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Burton Francis, 22 Ryno Benjamin.

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