Axed Nyakane to start at tighthead for Cheetahs (team sheet)

Up-and-coming prop, Trevor Nyakane, who dropped from the Springbok squad for disciplinary reasons, will get some much need game time this weekend for his provincial side, the Free State Cheetahs.

His return has come at a crucial time for the men from Bloem, as they struggled in the scrum last weekend against western Province, having also lost Adriaan Strauss and Coenie Oosthuizen to the Boks.

‘From our perspective it is good to have Trevor back. We struggled in the scrums last week and we need him because we are a little bit thin on the ground after losing Coenie Oosthuizen and Adriaan Strauss to the Springboks.’

‘Trevor can play loosehead and tighthead,’ Drotské added. ‘His versatility is what makes him such a valuable player. Not many guys have the same ability to play on both sides of the scrum.’

Other changes include lock Teboho Mohoje coming into the starting line-up as a replacement for the injured Waltie Vermeulen, which means Freddie Ngoza joins the squad as lock cover on the bench.

Sarel Pretorius will start at scrumhalf again and Kevin Luiters replaces Piet van Zyl (called up for the Springbok tour to Argentina) on the woodwork.

Cheetahs:

15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Riaan Smit, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Lappies Labuschagne, 6 Boom Prinsloo (c), 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Teboho Mohoje, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Hercu Liebenberg, 1 Caylib Oosthuizen.
Subs: 16 Ethienne Reynecke, 17 Rossouw de Klerk, 18 Freddie Ngoza, 19 Davon Raubenheimer, 20 Kevin Luiters, 21 Willie du Plessis, 22 Joubert Engelbrecht.

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