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Fri Apr 18 07:44:37 SAST 2014

Cheetahs make changes for Bulls as Oosthuizen returns

TEAMtalk Media | 19 September, 2012 15:040 Comments
Absa Currie Cup: Toyota Free State Cheetahs v MTN Golden Lions in Bloemfontein, South Africa
Raymond Rhule of the Free State Cheetahs during the Currie Cup match against the Golden Lions at Free State Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Bloemfontein, South Africa
Image by: Johan Pretorius / Gallo Images

The Free State Cheetahs have made three changes, including two positional switches, to their starting XV for Saturday's clash with the Blue Bulls in Pretoria.

The most notable change is the inclusion of SA U20 speedster Raymond Rhule at centre in place of Andries Strauss, who drops down to the replacements bench.

Rhule will partner captain Robert Ebersohn in the midfield while his position on the left wing is taken by Rayno Benjamin who is promoted from the replacements bench.

In other changes to the run-on side, Philip van der Walt comes in at number eight for former Springbok Hendro Scholtz and Ross Geldenhuys takes over from Marcell van der Merwe at tighthead prop.

Van der Merwe, who scored two tries in the Cheetahs' defeat to the Lions last week, moves to loosehead prop where takes over from Schalk van der Merwe who drops out of the matchday squad.

Coenie Oosthuizen has been named as front row cover on the replacements bench and is set to return to action after sustaining a neck injury while on duty for the Springboks against England in June.

Free State Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Nico Scheepers, 13 Raymond Rhule, 12 Robert Ebersohn (c), 11 Rayno Benjamin, 10 Tewis de Bruyn, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Lappies Labuschagne, 6 Heinrich Brussow, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Francois Uys, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Hercu Liebenberg, 1 Marcell van der Merwe.

Replacements: 16 AJ le Roux, 17 Coenie Oosthuizen, 18 Carl Wegner, 19 Hendro Scholtz, 20 Sias Ebersohn, 21 Philip Snyman, 22 Andries Strauss.

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