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Marais in midfield for Cheetahs

Regular flyhalf Niel Marais will fill the midfield position for the injured Francois Venter in the Toyota Cheetahs team to face the Southern Kings in their Pro14 match on Saturday.

Marais will play in the 12 jersey, partnering Nico Lee in the midfield after Venter was forced to miss the fixture with a blow to the neck in last weekend’s loss to Treviso.

In other changes, William Small-Smith’s knee injury means that Clayton Blommetjies will slot in at fullback, with Craig Barry returning to the win for the clash.

There are further changes in the front row, with Tom Botha and Ox Nche coming into the starting line-up, and swopping with Charles Marais and Johan Coetzee, who will be on the bench.

Justin Basson comes in at lock for Carl Wegner while Henco Venter is back on the bench after recovering from his concussion.

Fred Zeilinga will be playing his 50th match for the Toyota Cheetahs as well.

The following players are not eligible for team selection due to injury: Francois Venter (neck), William Small-Smith (knee), Niel Jordaan (ankle), Tian Meyer (groin), Elandré Huggett (knee), Ruan van Rensburg (knee), Dennis Visser (knee), Tertius Kruger (lower leg), Lloyd Greeff (shoulder), Luther Obi (forearm), Malcolm Jaer (ankle).

TEAM: Clayton Blommetjies, Craig Barry, Nico Lee, Niel Marais, Makazole Mapimpi, Fred Zelinga, Shaun Venter, Uzair Cassiem, Oupa Mohoje, Paul Schoeman, Reniel Hugo, Justin Basson, Tom Botha, Torsten van Jaarsveld (captain), Ox Nche.

RESERVES: Jacques du Toit, Charles Maras, Johan Coetzee, Rynier Bernardo, Junior Pokomela, Henco Venter, Zee Mkhabela, AJ Coertzen.


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