Posted on Thursday, 12 Oct 2017
The Toyota Free State Cheetahs have named a strong side for Saturday afternoon’s Currie Cup match against the Xerox Golden Lions at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg.
Note that the Guinness Pro14 is currently on a two-week European break to resume again on the 28 October 2017.
Free State Rugby’s vision and objective is to keep the Currie Cup in the Free State, and therefore, each and every match from now on will be seen and played as a potential final.
Even though some players have played a substantial amount of rugby through Super Rugby, Currie Cup and now Guinness Pro14 the defence of the Currie Cup remains paramount. As expected there might be a few niggles at this stage in the competition and these players will be assessed and given an opportunity to recover.
The full coaching structure will take charge of the Currie Cup team in preparation for the upcoming match. The structure includes Franco Smith as Director of Rugby, Rory Duncan as Head Coach assisted by Corniel van Zyl, Daan Human, Charl Strydom, Dave Williams.
It is all systems go for the current Currie Cup Champions in defending the title.
“This is an extremely important game for the Toyota Free State Cheetahs. We will be pushing as hard as we can to get results,” said Coach Rory Duncan.
“We aim to perform on the standard that we played on in Guinness PRO14,” said Captain Torsten van Jaarsveld.
The referee for the match is Rasta Rasivhenge. He will be assisted by AJ Jacobs and Stephan Geldenhuys. The TMO is Johan Greeff.
Xerox Golden Lions vs Toyota Free State Cheetahs
1 Charles Marais
2 Torsten van Jaarsveld (c)
3 Johan Coetzee
4 Justin Basson
5 Reniel Hugo
6 Paul Schoeman
7 Henco Venter
8 Oupa Mohoje
9 Tian Meyer
10 Ernst Stapelberg
11 Makazole Mapimpi
12 William Small-Smith
13 Nico Lee
14 Rosko Specman
15 Raymond Rhule
16 Ox Nche
17 Jacques du Toit
18 Rynier Bernardo
19 Junior Pokomela
20 Shaun Venter
21 Ali Mjijima
22 Luther Obi
The Toyota Free State Cheetahs Under 19 and Under 21 qualified for the Semi Finals witch will take place next week.
• The u.21’s will be playing on Friday, 20 October against their counterparts from the Blue Bulls at Loftus Versfeld. Time to be confirmed.
• The u.19’s will be playing against Western Province on Saturday, 21 October. Time and place to be confirmed.