Free State Cheetahs make six Currie Cup changes

Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske has rung the changes to his Currie Cup side for their encounter on Friday against the Blue Bulls, in the Free State stadium in Bloemfontein.


The Cheetahs delivered a lacklustre performance against the Lions last week in Johannesburg and six changes have been made to the lineup for the meeting with the Pretoria-based side.


Drotske opted to drop centre Andries Strauss altogether and replaced him with Barry Geel, while Riaan Smit moves from flyhalf to winger instead of Nico Scheepers, who finds himself on the bench.


Sias Ebersohn, who leaves the Cheetahs at the end of the season for Australian Super Rugby side Western Force, earns his first start at flyhalf.


Ebersohn will partner with Sarel Pretorius, with scrumhalf Pieter van Zyl moving to the bench.


Kabamba Floors and Frans Viljoen come into the loose trio for Davon Raubenheimer and Boom Prinsloo respectively. At lock, Andries Ferreira comes in for Waltie Vermeulen.


“We didn’t play well against the Lions. Our defence wasn’t up to scratch and we didn’t convert our chances,” said Drotske.


“Those are two very important aspects of our play we need to sort out before taking on the Bulls.”


Cheetahs team


Hennie Daniller, Riaan Smit, Robert Ebersohn (captain), Barry Geel, Raymond Rhule, Sias Ebersohn, Sarel Pretorius, Kabamba Floors, Pieter Labuschagne, Frans Viljoen, Izak van der Westhuizen, Andries Ferreira, Marcel van der Merwe, Hercu Liebenberg, Trevor Nyakane


Replacements: Elandre Huggett, Schalk van der Merwe, Francois Uys, Davon Raubenheimer, Piet van Zyl, Philip Snyman, Nico Scheepers.

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