New Cheetahs coach Smith rings the changes




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New Cheetahs coach Franco Smith has named his first Super Rugby team and has
made several changes to the Naka Drotske team that played the Stormers last

In the backline Smith has chosen to start Niel Marais at flyhalf which pushed
Joe Pietersen out on to the replacements bench.

Smith has also started Sarel Pretorius at scrumhalf, Cornal Hendricks on the
left wing and Coenie van Wyk will start as fullback replacing Clayton Blommetjies.

Rayno Benjamin moves up from the bench replacing Michael van der Spuy.

In the forwards Tienie Burger and Boom Prinsloo swops places on flank and Niell
Jordaan will make his Super Rugby debut as eightman

On the replacements bench Elandre Hugget will be taking Stephan Coetzee’s
seat, Gerhard Olivier replaces Carel Greeff and Shaun Venter will also be on the

Willie Britz was originally named on the bench but was then replaced by Gerhard Olivier. ON Thursday there was another late change as Willie Le Roux replaced Joe Pietersen on the bench.


15 Coenie van Wyk, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Rayno Benjamin,
11 Cornal Hendricks, 10 Niel Marais, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Niell Jordaan, 7 Tienie
Burger, 6 Boom Prinsloo, 5 Francois Uys (captain), 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Maks van
Dyk, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 BG Uys

Replacements: 16 Elandre Huggett, 17 Danie Mienie, 18 Ewald van der Westhuizen,
19 Seven Sykes, 20 Willie Britz, 21 Henco Venter, 22 Shaun Venter, 23.Willie Le Roux

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