Cheetahs change two for Bulls clash

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Ox Nche PHOTO: NICOLETTE TALJAARD

The Toyota Cheetahs have made just two changes to their starting XV to tackle the Bulls on Saturday evening in the Super Rugby.

The Springboks Sevens stalwart, Rayno Benjamin, moves from the bench into the run-on side at wing to replace the injured Sergeal Petersen.

Benjamin came on for Petersen last week in the second half during their 28-25 defeat to the Lions.

Upfront the exciting Ox Nche also comes off the bench to start at loosehead prop, while Charles Marais moves to the bench for the match.

The versatile Ruan van Rensburg comes into the match 23 on the bench in the place of Benjamin.

The team’s assistant coach, Corniel van Zyl, says the injuries in their backline gives an opportunity to other players.

“There are few backline players who injured so that puts a little bit of pressure one the squad.

“Benji had a really good preseason and I think he can be positive going into this game.

“Ruan who is on the bench also had a very good preseason. He had problem with his had but he is fit now and he is a good all-round player.

“We can look to good performances this weekend.”

The team’s captain, Torsten van Jaarsveld, in his turn said that they have learnt their lessons from the first round loss and are looking to be more clinical this weekend.

“I think he had a good game against the Lions, we left a lot of points on the field so we worked on being more clinical with ball in hand”.

On that Van Zyl added that they have to take their chances when they are on offer.

“We must get points on the board when we are in the attacking zone. That is our main focus, and we also have to look after ball better when it comes to ruck time”.

Saturday evening’s match between the Toyota Cheetahs and the Bulls at the Toyota Stadium kicks off at 19:30.

Toyota Cheetahs – 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Rayno Benjamin, 13 Nico Lee, 12 Clinton Swart, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Tier Schoeman, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Uzair Cassie, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Justin Basson, 3 Aranos Coetzee, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld (captain), 1 Ox Nche.

Replacements – 16 Elandré Huggett, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Danie Mienie, 19 Francois Uys, 20 Niell Jordaan, 21 Zee Mkhabela, 22 Niel Marais, 23 Ruan van Rensburg.

Bulls – 15 Jesse Kriel, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Dries Swanepoel, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Handre Pollard (captain), 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Hanro Liebenberg, 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 Nic de Jager, 5 RG Snyman, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Lizo Gqoboka.

Replacements – 16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Pierre Schoeman, 18 Jacobie Adriaanse, 19 Renaldo Bothma, 20 Ruan Steenkamp, 21 Piet van Zyl, 22 Tian Schoeman, 23 Warrick Gelant. – MORGAN PIEK