Two Boks return for Cheetahs against WP

The Free State Cheetahs have announced their team to take on Western Province at Newlands in Cape Town this Saturday, with two Springboks returning to the fold for the Bloemfontein outfit.


Springbok prop Coenie Oosthuizen returns to the team for this decisive encounter. The 23-year-old will celebrate his 50th Currie Cup cap in the process and is joined by Springbok vice-captain Adriaan Strauss. Strauss will captain the side once more.


Pieter Labuschagne has been ruled out of the match due to a concussion he sustained against the Sharks last weekend.

Hendro Scholtz, who was called out of retirement after a loose forward crisis hit the team, will start in his place.

“We know that our game at Newlands is of great importance,” Drotske
said after he named his team on Wednesday.

“Therefore we have chosen to play Coenie and Adriaan, and we are hoping
that they will light the fire for us.

“It is bad to be without Johan Goosen, but the rest of the side know what
is up for grabs.”

Free State Cheetahs:


15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Nico Scheepers, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Francois Uys, 6 Hendro Scholtz, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Marcel van der Merwe.


Replacements: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 Ross Geldenhuys, 18 Waltie Vermeulen, 19 Davon Raubenheimer, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Philip Snyman, 22 Ryno Benjamin.

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