Venter replaces injured Mohoje as Cheetahs captain

Shaun Venter (Gallo Images)
Shaun Venter (Gallo Images)

Bloemfontein - After a disappointing start in round 1 the Cheetahs are set to take on Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea on Saturday. 

The match kicks off at 18:30 (SA time). 

“We have a big challenge ahead of us. The Ospreys team has a number of international players with a great pack of forwards and players like Alyn Wyn Jones, who is an excellent line-out jumper with lots of experience in the Wales and British and Irish Lions jersey, and forwards like Justin Tipuric, Brandley Davies, Dan Lydiate as well as George North and Scott Williams who’s names stand out in the backline,” said coach Franco Smith.

Oupa Mohoje has been side lined after suffering an ACL tear in his right knee sustained in last week’s match against Munster.  He is expected to be out of action for 9 months.

Gerhard Olivier has joined the team in Swansea and will be providing cover on the bench for Aidon Davis, while Shaun Venter will be leading the side onto the field for this match. 

The team will be travelling back to South Africa on Sunday for their Round 3 match against Glasgow Warriors on Saturday, September 15 in Bloemfontein.   

Cheetahs team:

15 Malcolm Jaer, 14 Rabz Maxwane, 13 Benhard Janse van Rensburg, 12 Nico Lee, 11 William Small-Smith, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Shaun Venter (captain), 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Aidon Davis, 6 Junior Pokomela, 5 JP du Preez, 4 Justin Basson, 3 Luan de Bruin, 2 Jacques du Toit, 1 Ox Nche

Substitutes: 16 Joseph Dweba, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Aranos Coetzee, 19 Walt Steenkamp, 20 Gerhard Olivier, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Ernst Stapelberg/Marnus van der Merwe, 23 Ryno Eksteen

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