Currie Cup

Skipper Pienaar moves back to scrumhalf for Cheetahs' final Currie Cup outing

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Ruan Pienaar.
Ruan Pienaar.
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Cheetahs coach Hawies Fourie has named his team for their final Currie Cup clash against the Bulls in Pretoria on Saturday.

The game is of academic value for the Cheetahs, as they cannot qualify for the semi-finals. The men from Bloemfontein are sixth on the log with only three wins from 11 outings.

There are several changes to the team that lost 28-19 to the Pumas in Nelspruit last weekend.

Skipper Ruan Pienaar is back at scrumhalf after playing flyhalf last week. He takes the No 9 jersey from Tian Meyer, while Reinhard Fortuin is back at No 10.

Cohen Jasper also replaces Clayton Blommetjies at fullback, while Evardi Boshoff comes in for David Brits at outside centre.

Up front, Marnus van der Merwe moves from hooker to flank, taking the No 6 jersey from Junior Pokomela, while Louis van der Westhuizen features at hooker and Schalk Ferreira starts at loosehead prop in place of Cameron Dawson.

Saturday's clash at Loftus Versfeld kicks off at 16:45.

Teams:

Bulls

15 David Kriel, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Cornal Hendricks, 11 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Marco Jansen van Vuren, 8 Elrigh Louw, 7 WJ Steenkamp, 6 Arno Botha (captain), 5 Ruan Nortje, 4 Janko Swanepoel, 3 Mornay Smith, 2 Jan-Hendrik Wessels, 1 Gerhard Steenekamp 

Substitutes: 16 Joe van Zyl, 17 Simphiwe Matanzima, 18 Jacques van Rooyen, 19 Jacques du Plessis, 20 Jaco Labuschagne, 21 Keagan Johannes, 22 Chris Smith, 23 Ruan Combrinck

Cheetahs

15 Cohen Jasper, 14 Duncan Saal, 13 Evardi Boshoff, 12 Siya Masuku, 11 Malcolm Jaer, 10 Reinhardt Fortuin, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Mihlali Mosi, 7 Aidon Davis, 6 Marnus van der Merwe, 5 Victor Sekekete, 4 Rynier Bernardo, 3 Aranos Coetzee, 2 Louis van der Westhuizen, 1 Schalk Ferreira

Substitutes: 16 Wilmar Arnoldi, 17 Hencus van Wyk, 18 Conraad van Vuuren, 19 Reinier Viljoen, 20 Oupa Mohoje, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 David Brits, 23 Chris Smit


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