Pietersen at fullback for Cheetahs

2015-04-22 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske has named his team to tackle the Lions in a Super Rugby clash in Johannesburg on Saturday.

Joe Pietersen has been moved from flyhalf to fullback, with Willie du Plessis given the No. 10 jersey.

With both Willie le Roux and Coenie van Wyk out with ankle ­injuries, Drotske decided to move the versatile Pietersen to fullback.

In other changes to the team who lost 18-17 at home to the Reds last weekend, Danie Minnie starts at loosehead prop, replacing BG Uys who is suffering from a back injury. Caylib Oosthuizen comes in on the bench as prop cover.

Tienie Burger replaces Heinrich Brussow at flank after the latter broke his arm against the Reds. Carel Greeff will provide loose forward cover from the bench.

With Du Plessis promoted to the starting team, Clayton Blommetjies also comes in on the bench.

Kickoff for Saturday’s clash at Emirates Airline Park is scheduled for 5.05 pm.

Cheetahs: 15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Johann Sadie, 11 Rayno Benjamin, 10 Willie du Plessis, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Boom Prinsloo, 6 Tienie Burger, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveldt, 1 Danie Minnie Replacements: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Maks van Dyk, 19 Steven Sykes, 20 Carel Greeff, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Michael van der Spuy, 23 Clayton Blommetjies.

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