Steyn and Ntsila on debut for the Cheetahs

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Frans Steyn PHOTO: MORGAN PIEK
The two-time World Cup-winning Springbok, Frans Steyn, has admitted that there are nerves ahead of his Toyota Cheetahs debut this weekend.
Steyn was named in the Cheetahs starting XV for Saturday’s Super Rugby Unlocked first-round clash against the Pumas in Bloemfontein.

Steyn was the Cheetahs biggest signing of the season, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic is only able to make his debut this week.

Steyn told OFM Sport that being able to wear a Cheetahs jersey is a big deal for him.

“Everybody is looking forward to the rugby to begin now.

“For me making my debut, I am a little nervous.

“When I was a little kid I always came here with my dad to watch the Cheetahs in games where they beat the Lions and so on.

“It’s actually a massive thing for me to be here at the stadium and to be able to play for the Cheetahs.

“I hope that it will be a good one and that we can pull it through.”

Other players that will be on debut this weekend are the flanker, Andisa Ntsila, and the hooker, Chucky van der Westhuizen, who will play off the bench.

Carl Wegner will be backing his return to the Cheetahs after returning to the team following a stint in Japan. The Springbok Sevens speedster, Rosko Specman, also makes a welcome return to the Cheetahs team following a stint at the Bulls.

Saturday’s clash at the Toyota Stadium kicks off at 16:30.

Toyota Cheetahs – 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Malcolm Jaer, 13 Benhard Janse van Rensburg, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Rosko Specman, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Junior Pokomela, 6 Andisa Ntsila, 5 Walt Steenkamp, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Luan de Bruin, 2 Reinach Venter, 1 Charles Marais.

Replacements – 16 Chucky van der Westhuizen, 17 Boan Venter, 18 Erich de Jager, 19 JP du Preez, 20 Chris Massyn 21 Aidon Davis, 22 Tian Meyer, 23 William Small-Smith – MORGAN PIEK