Cheetahs ready for Griquas friendly after Covid scare

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Hawies Fourie. (Photo by Frikkie Kapp/Gallo Images)
Hawies Fourie. (Photo by Frikkie Kapp/Gallo Images)

Cheetahs coach Hawies Fourie has named a team to tackle Griquas in a Currie Cup warm-up match in Kimberley on Friday.

The Cheetahs beat the EP Elephants 74-7 in Bloemfontein last weekend, before it was confirmed this week that EP coach Peter de Villiers and 11 of his players tested positive for Covid-19.

READ | Peter de Villiers on Covid battle: 'It's hit me pretty hard but I'm a fighter'

The Cheetahs group, which includes players and team management, all tested negative for Covid-19 on Monday.

Their warm-up match against the Pumas, which was scheduled for Friday, was however cancelled due to uncertainty. The Cheetahs group was tested again on Thursday morning and only one player tested positive.

The Cheetahs have now been cleared for a match against Griquas in Kimberley on Friday (12:30 kick-off), with veteran scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar leading them out.

The match serves as preparation for the Currie Cup which kicks off for the Toyota Cheetahs on 26 June when the two teams will be facing each other again in Kimberley.

Cheetahs team:

15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Duncan Saal, 13 Evardi Boshoff, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Cohen Jasper, 10 Reinhardt Fortuin, 9 Ruan Pienaar (captain), 8 Jeandre Rudolph, 7 Aidon Davis, 6 Andisa Ntsila, 5 Derik Pretorius, 4 Jacques Potgieter, 3 Aranos Coetzee, 2 Marnus van der Merwe, 1 Cameron Dawson

Substitutes (from): 16 Wilmar Arnoldi, 17 Alulutho Tshakweni, 18 Hencus van Wyk, 19 Brandon Fortuin, 20 Chris Massyn, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Brandon Thomson, 23 David Brits, 24 Branden de Kock, 25 Siya Masuku, 26 Luhan Potgieter, 27 Gideon Van Wyk

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Fixtures
Thu 14 Apr 22 13:00 PM (SAST)
Sigma Lions
Sigma Lions
The Windhoek Draught Griquas
The Windhoek Draught Griquas
Wits Rugby Stadium, Johannesburg
SuperSport
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DHL Western Province
DHL Western Province
Toyota Free State XV
Toyota Free State XV
DHL Stadium, Cape Town
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Cell C Sharks XV
Cell C Sharks XV
Vodacom Bulls
Vodacom Bulls
Hollywoodbets Kings Park, Durban
SuperSport
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Toyota Free State XV
Toyota Free State XV 35
Vodacom Bulls
Vodacom Bulls 5
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Airlink Pumas
Airlink Pumas 44
The Windhoek Draught Griquas
The Windhoek Draught Griquas 45
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DHL Western Province
DHL Western Province 28
Cell C Sharks XV
Cell C Sharks XV 21
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3. The Windhoek Draught Griquas
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