Frans Steyn moves to flyhalf for Pumas clash

Frans Steyn moves to flyhalf for Pumas clash

Cheetahs head coach Hawies Fourie has announced his team to face the Pumas with various changes from the side that lost to the Lions.

The Cheetahs will be travelling to Nelspruit to take on the Phakisa Pumas in their third In Currie Cup game on Friday, 18 December. 


The big change is in the backline with Springbok utility back Francois Steyn starting at flyhalf with Tian Schoeman, who has been linked with a move to Premiership club Bath, dropping out of the 23 entirely.


USA Eagles international Ruben de Haas comes into the starting line up with Tian Meyer providing cover on the bench. 


Former Western Province and Maties winger Duncan Saal is set to make his Currie Cup debut for the Cheetahs with William Small-Smith on the opposite wing.


Having made his return from injury via the bench last week Dries Swanepoel is elevated into the starting #13 jersey with Howard Mnisi shifting from outside centre to inside.


Rhyno Smith and Chris Massyn are new to the bench.



Pumas vs Cheetahs

Friday, 18 December


  1. Clayton Blommetjies
  2. Duncan Saal
  3. Dries Swanepoel
  4. Howard Mnisi
  5. William Small-Smith
  6. Frans Steyn
  7. Ruben de Haas
  8. Jeandré Rudolph
  9. Aidon Davis
  10. Andisa Ntsila
  11. Reniel Hugo
  12. Carl Wegner(C)
  13. Khutha Mchunu
  14. Marnus van der Merwe
  15. Boan Venter


  1. Louis van der Westhuizen
  2. Cameron Dawson
  3. Erich de Jager
  4. Oupa Mohoje
  5. Chris Massyn
  6. Tian Meyer
  7. Reinhardt Fortuin
  8. Rhyno Smith



Rasta Rasivhenge will be the referee for the match.  He will be assisted by Aimee Barrett-Theron and Morne Ferreira.  The TMO is Pro Legoete.



Players not available:  The following players are not eligible for team selection due to injury:  Wilmar Arnoldi (cheek bone), Aranos Coetzee (ankle), Ruan Pienaar (knee), Craig Barry (knee), Charles Marais (neck), Junior Pokomela (wrist), Hencus van Wyk (hamstring) and Rosko Specman (hamstring).


Next match:  Toyota Cheetahs vs Cell C Sharks, Sunday, 27 December at 16:30 in Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein.          



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