Currie Cup and Rugby Champs teams for this weekend

All the Currie Cup team sheets here.

All the Rugby Championship team sheets here.

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Cheetahs make big changes for Province match (team sheet)

Cheetahs’ coach Naka Drotske has made 4 changes and a positional switch to the team that got smashed by the Sharks last weekend.

After such a good year for the franchise, what happened last weekend was nothing short of humiliating. It seems the coaching staff want to send a message to those who performed poorly, by dropping them for such a big match.

Changes include:

  • Wing Raymond Rhule, loose forward Davon Raubenheimer, lock Waltie Vermeulen and prop Rossouw de Klerk are all dropped
  • Rhule and Raubenheimer drop out of the matchday 22 completely
  • Wing Piet Lindeque, loose forward Oupa Mohoje, lock Freddie Ngoza and prop Schalk van der Merwe are all promoted to the starting 15
  • And Oupa Mohoje shifts from lock to blindside flank

Free State Cheetahs – 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Riaan Smit, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 Piet Lindeque, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Boom Prinsloo, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Lappies Labuschagné, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Freddie Ngoza, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Hercu Liebenberg, 1 Schalk van der Merwe.
Subs: 16 AJ le Roux, 17 Rossouw de Klerk, 18 Francois Uys, 19 Davon Raubenheimer, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Rayno Benjamin, 22 Willie du Plessis.

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Schreuder back at 9 for one-change Western Province (team sheet)

Western Province team to play the Sharks:

15. Gio Aplon
14. Gerhard van den Heever
13. Juan de Jongh
12. Damian de Allende
11. Cheslin Kolbe
10. Kurt Coleman
9. Louis Schreuder (vice-captain)
8. Nizaam Carr
7. Rynhardt Elstadt
6. Deon Fourie (captain)
5. De Kock Steenkamp
4. Michael Rhodes
3. Pat Cilliers
2. Tiaan Liebenberg
1. Steven Kitshoff

Replacements:
16. Scarra Ntubeni
17. Brok Harris
18. Gerbrandt Grobler
19. Rohan Kitshoff
20. Nic Groom
21. Gary van Aswegen
22. Michael van der Spuy

Referee: Craig Joubert

Lions team to play in Griquas friendly (team sheet)

The Lions take on the Griquas at Ellis Park this Saturday in a pre-Currie Cup friendly. Kick-off is at 15h00.

Lions: Ruan Combrinck, Deon van Rensburg, Stokkies Hanekom, Dylan des Fountain, Anthony Volmink, Marnitz Boshoff, Guy Cronje, Lambert Groenewald, Derick Minnie, Warwick Tecklenburg, JJ Breet, Hendrik Roodt, Julian Redelinghuys, Francois du Toit, JC Janse van Rensburg (captain)

Replacements: Mark Pretorius, Jacques van Rooyen, Ruan Dreyer, Hugo Kloppers/Gavin Annandale, Willie Britz, Ross Cronje/Viaan van der Watt, Lionel Cronje, Chrysander Botha, Deon Helberg