Super Rugby

Cheetahs pick rookie centre for Loftus

Nico Lee (Getty Images)
Nico Lee (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Cheetahs coach Franco Smith has named his team to face the Bulls in a Super Rugby clash in Pretoria on Saturday.

Smith made only one change to the team that lost 25-18 to the Brumbies in Bloemfontein last weekend.

Centre Nico Lee, 22, starts in place of the injured Joubert Engelbrecht. Engelbrecht sustained an injury to his upper arm during his debut Super Rugby match against the Brumbies. 

Saturday’s clash at Loftus Versfeld is scheduled for 19:15.

Teams: 

Bulls

15 Jesse Kriel, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Jan Serfontein, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Arno Botha/Nic de Jager, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Roelof Smit, 5 RG Snyman, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Lizo Gqoboka 

Substitutes: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Pierre Schoeman, 19 Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, 20 Lappies Labuschagne, 21 Ivan van Zyl, 22 Francois Brummer, 23 SP Marais

Cheetahs 

15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Segeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter (captain), 12 Nico Lee, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Niel Marais, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Paul Schoeman, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Boom Prinsloo, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lood de Jager, 3 Johan Coetzee, Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Ox Nche

Substitutes: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Maks van Dyk, 19 Carl Wegner, 20 Hilton Lobberts, 21 Henco Venter, 22 Tian Meyer, 23 Fred Zeilinga