Juan Smith returns to Cheetahs line up

The Cheetahs have been strengthened by the return of captain Juan Smith who missed his team’s Super rugby opener against the Sharks.

Smith missed last week’s loss to the Sharks in which Adriaan Strauss took over the captaincy role until he was injured.

Strauss has now been ruled out for the Cheetahs so Smith’s return is a timely boost for the Bloemfontein based team.

Smith’s return to the team is one of three changes as he comes in for Phillip van der Walt Ryno Barnes comes in for Strauss at hooker.

Francois Uys drops to the bench as Waltie Vermeulen will partner former Bull Wilhelm Steenkamp in the second row.


15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Philip Burger, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Ryno Benjamin, 10 Naas Olivier 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Kabamba Floors, 7 Juan Smith (captain), 6 Frans Viljoen, 5 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 4 Waltie Vermeulen, 3 WP Nel, 2 Rayno Barnes, 1 Coenie Oosthuizen.

Replacements: 16 Skipper Badenhorst, 17 Kobus Calldo, 18 Francois Uys, 19 Ashley Johnson, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Riaan Viljoen.

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