Cheetahs make one Currie Cup change for Griquas

Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske made one change to his starting line-up for their Currie Cup encounter against the Griquas at the Free State Stadium on Saturday.

Tighthead prop Rossouw de Klerk will replace Caylib Oosthuizen following the Cheetahs’ 18-15 defeat to the Sharks in Bloemfontein last Friday.

Oosthuizen injured his shoulder against the coastal side, but Drotske said the burly prop nevertheless needed to work on.

“Rossouw has done well in the games he played for the Griffons in the Currie Cup First Division. He deserves a chance,” Drotske said.

“Caylib knows what the situation is and we trust he will work hard to regain his place.”

De Klerk’s inclusion sees prop Trevor Nyakane move to loosehead.

“Trevor did very well against the Sharks and he showed that he wants to play rugby,” Drotske said.

“His versatility is such a huge plus for the side. We look forward to another good performance by him.”

Lock Waltie Vermeulen recovered from a mouth-injury and will play off the bench.

Cheetahs

Hennie Daniller, Riaan Smit, Johann Sadie, Robert Ebersohn, Raymond Rhule, Elgar Watts, Sarel Pretorius, Philip van der Walt, Lappies Labuschagne, Boom Prinsloo (captain), Lood de Jager, Teboho Mohoje, Rossouw de Klerk, Hercu Liebenberg, Trevor Nyakane.

Replacements: Ethienne Reynecke, Wian du Preez, Waltie Vermeulen, Davon Raubenheimer, Kevin Luiters, Willie du Plessis, Piet Lindeque.

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