Ruan Pienaar takes Cheetahs captain's armband for Sharks clash

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Ruan Pienaar during a Cheetahs training session. (Photo by Johan Pretorius/Gallo Images)
Ruan Pienaar during a Cheetahs training session. (Photo by Johan Pretorius/Gallo Images)

Cheetahs coach Hawies Fourie has named his team for Wednesday's preparation series clash against the Sharks in Bloemfontein.

Fourie made numerous changes to the starting XV which beat the Stormers 34-33 in Cape Town late last month.

Ruan Pienaar, who made his return to action against the Stormers off the bench, replaces Tian Meyer and also takes the captain's armband from Carl Wegner.

In other backline changes, Malcolm Jaer starts at right wing in place of Duncan Saal, while Dries Swanepoel comes in for Chris Smit at outside centre.

Up front, Aidon Davis takes the No 8 jersey from Jeandre Rudolph, while in the front row, Khutha Mchunu, starts at tighthead prop in place of Aranos Coetzee and Cameron Dawson comes in for Schalk Ferreira at loosehead.

Wednesday's clash at Free State Stadium kicks off at 19:00.

Teams:

Cheetahs

15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Malcolm Jaer, 13 Dries Swanepoel, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Rosko Specman, 10 Reinhardt Fortuin, 9 Ruan Pienaar (captain), 8 Aidon Davis, 7 George Cronje, 6 Andisa Ntsila, 5 Rynier Bernardo, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Khutha Mchunu, 2 Wilmar Arnoldi, 1 Cameron Dawson

Substitutes: 16 Marnus van der Merwe, 17 Conraad (Beertjie) van Vuuren, 18 Aranos Coetzee, 19 Jean Drotste, 20 Oupa Mohoje, 21 Brandon Thomson/Duncan Saal, 22 Tian Meyer, 23 Chris Smit

Sharks

15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Thaakir Abrahams, 13 Jeremy Ward (captain), 12 Murray Koster, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Jordan Chait, 9 Grant Williams, 8 Phepsi Buthelezi, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 James Venter, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 JJ van der Mescht, 3 John-Hubert Meyer, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Khwezi Mona 

Substitutes: 16 Fez Mbatha, 17 Ntuthuko Mchunu, 18 Michael Kumbirai, 19 Reniel Hugo, 20 Mpilo Gumede, 21 Jaden Hendrikse, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Werner Kok

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