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Cheetahs mix it up for Edinburgh clash

Franco Smith (Gallo Images)
Franco Smith (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Coach Franco Smith has announced his team to take on Edinburgh at Murrayfield Stadium on Friday evening. 

The Cheetahs are highly-motivated to get their first victory of the season. 

"It’s a great honour for the team to play at Murrayfield. Murrayfield is an icon in world rugby with lots of history and tradition," said coach Franco Smith. 

"We’ve made changes to team due to Gerhard Olivier’s return back home and Ryno Eksteen’s injury. We are glad to have Abongile Nonkontwana, who joined the team on tour."

Nonkontwana joined the Cheetahs earlier this year and proved himself worthy by working himself up through the SuperSport Rugby Challenge and Currie Cup. 

Changes to the starting line-up see Justin Basson, Jacques du Toit and Stephan Malan included. 

Kick-off on Friday is at 20:35 (SA time). 

Teams:

Cheetahs

15 Louis Fouche, 14 William Small-Smith, 13 Benhard Janse van Rensburg, 12 Nico Lee, 11 Rabz Maxwane, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Tian Meyer (captain), 8 Stephan Malan, 7 Junior Pokomela, 6 Neil Jordaan, 5 JP du Preez, 4 Justin Basson, 3 Aranos Coetzee, 2 Jacques du Toit, 1 Ox Nche

Substitutes: 16 Joseph Dweba, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Gunther Janse van Vuuren, 19 Walt Steenkamp, 20 Daniel Maartens, 21 Abongile Nonkontwana, 22 Shaun Venter, 23 Ali Mgijima

Edinburgh

15 Blair Kinghorn, 14 Darcy Graham, 13 James Johnstone, 12 Juan Pablo Socino, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Simon Hickey, 9 Henry Pyrgos, 8 Bill Mata, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 Magnus Bradbury, 5 Grant Gilchrist, 4 Ben Toolis, 3 WP Nel, 2 Stuart McInally (captain), 1 Rory Sutherland

Substitutes: 16 Ross Ford, 17 Murray McCallum, 18 Simon Berghan, 19 Luke Hamilton, 20 Jamie Ritchie, 21 Sean Kennedy, 22 Jaco van der Walt, 23 Chris Dean

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