Fouché starts, Abongile on the bench


The Toyota Cheetahs have named their team for Friday nights’ Guinness Pro14 game against Edinburgh at Murrayfield.

Jacques du Toit starts at hooker with Joseph Dweba rotating to the bench, while Justin Basson starts at lock in the place of Walt Steenkamp.

Stephan Malan starts at eighth-man, while Abongile Nonkontwana, has been named on the bench for his Pro14 debut.

Nonkontwana gets his opportunity after Gerhard Olivier returned home for the birth of his first child.

The only change to the backline sees Louis Fouché starting at fullback in the place of the injured Ryno Eksteen, while Ali Mgijima has been drafted onto the bench.

Speaking to Courant from Scotland the coach, Franco Smith, said that they expect good playing conditions on Friday evening.

“It’s a different challenge over the weekend, and there are positives signs.

“It is important for us to put in a good performance of both sides of the equator, and we did let ourselves down a little after a very good and solid defensive and offensive performance for most of the game.

“Unfortunately that sense of not to disappoint got the better of us and that led to one or two errors towards the end.

“We have another chance this week to be better at what we do. The processes are falling in place and it does require a lot of hard work.

“At this stage, it looks like we can expect fair weather and that will suit us at Murrayfield.

Friday evenings’ game at Murrayfield kicks off at 20:35.

Edinburgh – 15 Blair Kinghorn, 14 Darcy Graham, 13 James Johnstone,  12 Juan Pablo Socino, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Smin Hickey, 9 Henry Pyrgos, 8 Bill Mata, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 Magnus Bradbury, 5 Grant Gilchrist, 4 Ben Toolis, 3 WP Nel, 2 Stuart McInally, 1 Rory Sutherland.

Replacements – 16 Ross Ford, 17 Murray McCallum, 18 Simon Berghan, 19 Luke Hamilton, 20 Jamie Ritchie, 21 Sean Kennedy, 22 Jaco van der Walt, 23 Chris Dean.

Toyota Cheetahs – 5 Louis Fouché, 14 William Small-Smith, 13 Benhard Janse van Rensburg, 12 Nico Lee, 11 Sibhale Maxwane, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Tian Meyer (c), 8 Stephan Malan, 7 Junior Pokomela, 6 Neil Jordaan, 5 JP du Preez, 4 Justin Basson, 3 Johannes Coetzee, 2 Jacques du Toit, 1 Ox Nche.

Replacements – 16 Joseph Dweba, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Günther Janse van Vuuren, 19 Walt Steenkamp, 20 Daniel Maartens, 21 Abongile Nonkontwana, 22 Shaun Venter, 23 Ali Mgijima. – MORGAN PIEK