The Toyota Cheetahs will attempt to register their first victory against Munster in the Guinness PRO14 after going down in all three previous clashes between the sides, while they will also be determined to avenge their 38-0 defeat in the last outing between the sides.
They will, however, draw inspiration from their first victory of the season last week against the Cardiff Blues, and the fact that they came close to a victory in their last home match against Munster in April, in which they went down 19-17.
On Sunday, 4 November, Free State Rugby will be honouring and saluting the Armed Forces in commemoration of Remembrance Day on the 11th of November.
A procession by the SANDF, SAPS, Traffic Department, Fire Department and Rescue Unit, which includes the SAPS Diving Unit, Dog Unit and Mounted Unit, will be lead around Toyota Stadium from 13:45 to 14:00. (Route: Att Horak Avenue, First Avenue, Kingsway, Gate 5). Vehicles participating in the parade, as well as additional ones will be on display on the hockey pitch behind the main stand inside Toyota Stadium. The public are invited to come and have a look on what the Armed Forces are all about and enjoy the rugby on Sunday afternoon.
Performances by the Army Support Base Band and Drill Platoon before kick-off and a demonstration by the SAPS Dog Unit during half time will entertain supporters. Gates open at 14:00.
Tickets are only R40 for the main stand, R30 for the open stand and R20 for students and kids. Kids under the age of 7 can collect a free ticket from the gate. Tickets are available from the ticket office in Toyota Stadium or online at www.fscheetahs.co.za.
Coach Franco Smith has announced his team for the clash with some changes:
· Aidon Davis will be replacing Niell Jordaan due to injury.
· Nico Lee moves to his usual position on inside centre and William Small-Smith moves to right wing, sending Rhyno Smith to fullback.
· Daniel Maartens is new to the bench
The following players are not eligible for team selection due to injury:
Quintin Vorster (ankle), Ntokosa Vidima (wrist), Dries Swanepoel (shoulder), Oupa Mohoje (knee), Luan de Bruin (ankle), Jasper Wiese (shoulder), Lloyd Greeff (ankle), Sibabalo Qoma (ankle), Ryno Eksteen (knee), Jacques Du Toit (knee), Malcolm Jaer (hand), Neill Jordaan (nose).
Come and enjoy a special afternoon in the company of the Toyota Cheetahs.
1 Ox Nche (29)
2 Joseph Dweba (8)
3 Aranos Coetzee (29)
4 Walt Steenkamp (7)
5 JP du Preez (7)
6 Gerhard Olivier (7)
7 Junior Pokamela (18)
8 Aidon Davis (3)
9 Shaun Venter (23) – Captain
10 Tian Schoeman (7)
11 Rabz Maxwane (15)
12 Nico Lee (20)
13 Benhard Janse van Rensburg (7)
14 William Small-Smith (22)
15 Rhyno Smith (1)
16 Reinach Venter (1)
17 Charles Marais (27)
18 Erich de Jager (4)
19 Sinthu Manjezi (1) / Justin Basson (18)
20 Daniel Maartens (4)
21 Abongile Nonkontwana (2)
22 Tian Meyer (22)
23 Louis Fouche (4)
· Guinness PRO14 caps indicated next the player’s name.
The referee for the match is Marius Mitrea (FIR, 83rd competition game). He will be assisted by Joy Cwengile Jadewenzi (SARU) and Ruhan Meiring (SARU). The TMO is Shaun Veldsman (SARU).