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Smith ring changes against Pumas


Free State Cheetahs coach Franco Smith has named his team for their Currie Cup clash against the Pumas in Nelspruit on Saturday (13:15 kick-off).


Smith has made several changes to the team that lost 73-31 at home to the Golden Lions last weekend.

Among the backs, Rayno Benjamin replaces Tertius Kruger at inside centre, with Ruan van Rensburg on the bench.

Springbok Raymond Rhule replaces Maphutha Dolo at left wing, with Shaun Venter selected at scrumhalf in place of Zee Mkhabela, with Niel Marais on the bench.

Flyhalf Fred Zeilinga is sidelined with a knee injured, with AJ Coertzen taking his place on the bench.

Up front, De Wet Kruger replaces Neill Jordaan at No 8, while Oupa Mohoje starts at No 7, with Gerhard Olivier moving to openside flank.

Lock Francois Uys leads the team onto the field with Reniel Hugo his lock partner and Freddy Ngoza on the bench.



Free State Cheetahs:

15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Rayno Benjamin, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 De Wet Kruger, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Gerhard Olivier, 5 Francois Uys (captain), 4 Reniel Hugo, 3 Luan de Bruin, 2 Neil Rautenbach, 1 Teunis Nieuwoudt

Substitutes: 16 Chase Morison, 17 BG Uys, 18 Willem Serfontein, 19 Freddy Ngoza, 20 Ruan van Rensburg, 21 Niel Marais, 22 AJ Coertzen

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