Posted on Thursday, 25 Jul 2019
The Toyota Free State Cheetahs will be facing the Tafel Lager Griquas in their first home game of the Currie Cup on Saturday at 15:00.
Gates open at 11:00 with curtain raisers between Tjokkies u.11 and Zastron, Fichardpark u.13 and a Barbarian side at 11:35. The Toyota Free State Cheetahs u.21’s will be taking on the Golden Lions at 12:30.
Wicus van der Merwe will be providing entertainment at the Castle Deck after the match.
Free State Rugby offers attractive ticket prices for the season. Supporters only pay R60 for the main stand and R50 for the open stand. Students and kids only pay R20 while kids under 7 enter for free.
“I have huge respect for Brent and what he has done at the Griquas. They have always been a very though side with a lot of players with more than 50 caps. It means that there is continuity.” Said Coach Franco Smith.
“Going out on Saturday against them, we know that the Griquas will be a very determined side. I think that they might be the favourites, coming from a SuperSport Challenge Cup victory and two Currie Cup wins. ”
“We as a team will not be focusing on the team we face, but on our own objectives – to be the best team we can be. There are still a lot of improvements that we can make from last week. We look forward to play our brand and to make a step up.”
Coach Franco Smith announced his team with only two changes. Darron Adonis and Louis Fouche will be switching places and Marnus van der Merwe will be replacing Jasper Wiese (light injury).
The following players are not eligible for team selection due to injury: Oupa Mohoje (knee), Aidon Davis (broken leg), Justin Basson (knee), Ali Mgijima (Achilles), Luan de Bruin (neck), Malcolm Jaer (Groin) and Daniel Maartens (ankle), Jasper Wiese. Ruben de Haas – Rugby World Cup – USA.
Toyota Free State Cheetahs vs Tafel Lager Griquas
16.Jacques du Toit, 17.Charles Marais 18. Reinach Venter 19.JP du Preez 20. Marnus van der Merwe, 21. Gerhard Olivier, 22. Dian Badenhorst, 23. Louis Fouche
The referee for the match is Jaco Peyper. He will be assisted by Stephan Geldenhuys and Eon van Zyl. JJ Wagner will be the TMO.