Super Rugby

Oupa back in Cheetahs squad

Oupa Mohoje (Gallo Images)
Oupa Mohoje (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Cheetahs coach Franco Smith has named his team for their Super Rugby clash against the Sunwolves in Bloemfontein on Friday (19:00 kick-off).

Smith has made a few changes to the team that lost 23-18 to the Bulls in Pretoria on April 2.

Up front, Charles Marais moves into the starting line-up, replacing Ox Nche at loosehead prop.

Maks van Dyk and Johan Coetzee also switch places, with Van Dyk starting at tighthead prop and Coetzee moving to the bench.

Hilton Lobberts also replaces the injured Boom Prinsloo at flank, with the latter ruled out for the season with a hamstring injury.

In the backline, captain Francois Venter and Nico Lee switch places in midfield, with Venter moving to inside centre and Lee taking the No 13 jersey.

Another significant change sees the return of Springbok loose forward Oupa Mohoje, who is making his comeback after an injury. He will start on the bench in place of Henco Venter.

Teams:

Cheetahs

15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Nico Lee, 12 Francois Venter (captain), 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Niel Marais, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Paul Schoeman, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Hilton Lobberts, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lood de Jager, 3 Maks van Dyk, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Charles Marais

Substitutes: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Danie Minnie, 18 Johan Coetzee, 19 Carl Wegner, 20 Henco Venter, 21 Oupa Mohoje, 22 Tian Meyer, 23 Fred Zeilinga

Sunwolves

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