Currie Cup

Drotske tinkers with Cheetahs for Griquas

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Free State Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske has tinkered with his team selections after last week’s loss to Western Province for this week’s Currie Cup match against Griquas in Kimberley.

Drotske has moved Piet Lindeque to right wing in place of Riaan Smit who has a hamstring injury and Raymond Rhule takes over Lindeque’s place from last week.

In the forwards Francois Usy comes in for Freddy Ngoza who drops down to the replacements bench.

“Riaan’s (Smit) loss is a big one, specially because he has been our main goal-kicker thus far,” Drotske said.

“Raymond comes back into the side and we are looking for something good from his side.”

De Jager replaces Freddie Ngoza, who is relegated to the replacements’ bench.

“It is good to have Francois back. He did well as impact player against Western Province and deserves another shot,” Drotske added.

“He and Lood will again partner to help us in both the line-outs and scrums.”

Another positive for the Bloemfontein side is the return of loose forward Philip van der Walt, after recovering from a shoulder injury.

Van der Walt has been included on the replacements’ bench and looks set to earn a shot against their neighbouring union.

Van der Walt replaces Davon Raubenheimer, who has been left out of the squad.

Centre Joubert Engelbrecht can also be used as impact player after a good stint with the Griffons in the First Division of the Currie Cup.

Free State Cheetahs

15 Daniller Hennie ,14 Lindeque Piet ,13 Sadie Johann ,12 Ebersohn Robert ( vc ) ,11 Rhule Raymond ,10 Watts Elgar ,9 Pretorius Sarel ,8 Prinsloo Boom ( c ) ,7 Labuschagne Pieter ,6 Mohoje Teboho ,5 De Jager Lodewyk ,4 Uys Francois ,3 Nyakane Trevor ,2 Liebenberg Hercu ,1 Van der Merwe Schalk

Replacements :16 Le Roux AJ ,17De Klerk Rossouw ,18 Van der Walt Philip ,19 Ngoza Freddy ,20 Van Zyl Piet ,21 Du Plessis Willie ,22 Engelbrecht Joubert

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