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Cheetahs Super Rugby head coach Franco Smith has brought Fred Zeilinga back into the starting line up to play former champions the Highlanders in Bloemfontein.

Smith has made a number of changes to the team that was beaten by the Crusaders for this weekend’s match.

In the forwards Carl Wegner moves to no. 4 lock and Francois Uys will be starting on 5 lock.  Armandt Koster will be providing cover on the bench.

Paul Schoeman will be starting on left flank and Uzair Cassiem moves to reserve while Henco Venter will be starting in the number eight jersey.

In the backs, Tian Meyer and Shaun Venter swap places with Meyer in the starting line-up.  Tian will be running onto the field in his 50th Super Rugby match of which 38 were for the Cheetahs. 

Fred Zeilinga is back on flyhalf with Neil Marias providing cover on the bench.

William Small-Smith will be replacing the injured Nico Lee on inside centre.

I still believe that the growth of this side is immense.  To have a team play against the best every week is the only way to get better.  “

We are a good team with ball in hand and we want to play best to our strengths” said coach Franco Smith.  

Raymond Rhule is a great defender.  He gives us confidence.  The guy next to you makes you stronger.” Captain, Francois Venter.

Cheetahs

Ox Nche,Torsten van Jaarsveld,Johan Coetzee,Carl Wegner,Francois Uys,Paul Schoeman,Oupa Mohoje,Henco Venter,Tian Meyer,Fred Zeilinga,Raymond Rhule,William Small-Smith,Francois Venter (c ),Sergeal Petersen,Clayton Blommetjies,

Replacements : Elandré Huggett,Charles Marais,Tom Botha,Armandt Koster,Uzair Cassiem,Niell Jordaan,Shaun Venter,Niel Marais,

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