Toyota Cheetahs face Glasgow Warriors in first home game

Guinness PRO14 Rugby Editor
14 September 2018

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The first Guinness PRO14 match of the season on South African soil will take place in Bloemfontein where the Toyota Cheetahs host Glasgow Warriors in Toyota Stadium.

Tian Meyer

The action kicks off at 19:30 (SA time) with a live broadcast on SuperSport 1, ei sport and Free Sports (19:30). Gates open at 16:00 with a curtain raiser between the Free State and Border Woman’s teams at 17:00.

After two tough matches on tour in Ireland and Wales, the Toyota Cheetahs are ready to face Glasgow Warriors and would certainly use the home ground to their advantage.

Dave Rennie’s Warriors have made a strong start to the campaign with wins away to Connacht and at home to Munster to date. This is also a clash between two of last year’s Final Series team in Conference A.

The Toyota Cheetahs only lost twice in Bloemfontein last season, to Glasgow in round 6 and Munster in round 20.

Coach Franco Smith has announced his team for the match.

· The starting front row is: Charles Marais and Aranos Coetzee (props) and Joseph Dweba hooker. Ox Nche, Günther Janse van Vuuren and Jacques du Toit will be providing cover on the bench.

· Walt Steenkamp moves to the starting line-up with Dennis Visser on the bench.

· Due to Jasper Wiese’s injury (shoulder) the loose trio is Gerhard Oliver, Junior Pokomela and Aidon Davis. Niell Jordaan will be providing cover on the bench.

· William Small-Smith and Rabz Maxwane switch places on wing.

· Scrum halves, Tian Meyer and Shaun Venter switch place. Meyer will be leading the side onto the field for this match.

The following players are not eligible for team selection due to injury:

Quintin Vorster (ankle), Ntokosa Vidima (wrist), Dries Swanepoel (shoulder), Erich de Jager (bicep), Oupa Mohoje (knee), Luan de Bruin (ankle), Justin Basson (pneumonia), Jasper Wiese (shoulder), Louis Fouche (bicep), Zee Mkhabela (ankle), Lloyd Greeff (ankle), Elandre Huggett (knee), Sibabalo Qoma (ankle). Niell Stannard to Griffons.

Toyota Cheetahs

15 Malcolm Jaer

14 William Small-Smith

13 Benhard Janse van Rensburg

12 Nico Lee

11 Rabz Maxwane

10 Tian Schoeman

9 Tian Meyer

1 Charles Marais

2 Joseph Dweba

3 Aranos Coetzee

4 Walt Steenkamp

5 JP du Preez

6 Gerhard Olivier

7 Junior Pokomela

8 Aidon Davis

 

16 Jacques du Toit

17 Ox Nche

18 Gunther van Rensburg

19 Dennis Visser

20 Niell Jordaan

21 Marnus van der Merwe

22 Shaun Venter

23 Ryno Eksteen

The referee for the match is Frank Murphy (IRFU, 16th competition game). He will be assisted by Andy Brace (IRFU), Cwengile Jadezweni (SARU). The TMO is Shaun Veldsman (SARU).

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