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Ebersohn start at 10 for Cheetahs

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Sias Ebersohn will start at number ten for the Free Sate Cheetahs when they face the Golden Lions in their Currie Cup clash in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

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Cheetahs head coach Franco Smith revealed that the former Western Force pivot will form part of new half-back combination with scrum-half Zee Mkhabela also starting.

The duo replaces former Sharks fly-half Fred Zeilinga and Shaun Venter respectively.

Staying with the backline, Ryno Benjamin takes a spot in the bench and is replaced by Tertius Kruger at inside centre.

Meanwhile, Niell Jordaan moves to seven while Gerhard Olivier starts at number eight. A knee injury has forced lock Armand Koster out of the matchday 22 altogether. He is replaced by Freddy Ngoza.

The Cheetahs will be looking to build on their impressive 44-24 win against Griquas last week.

Free State Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Tertius Kruger, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Zee Mkhabela, 8 Gerhard Olivier, 7 Niell Jordaan, 6 Vincent Jobo, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Freddy Ngoza, 3 Luan de Bruin, 2 Jacques du Toit, 1 Teunis Nieuwoudt
Replacements: 16 Neil Rautenbach, 17 BG Uys, 18 Willem Serfontein, 19 De Wet Kruger, 20 Rayno Benjamin, 21 Shaun Venter, 22 Fred Zeilinga

Date: Saturday, 26 September
Venue: Free State Rugby Stadium, Bloemfontein
Kick-off: 13:15 local (11:15 GMT)
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant referees: Sindile Ngcese, Francois Pretorius
Television match official: JJ Wagner

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