Cheetahs expect a physical game against the Bulls

BY NATALI IVERSON - SEPTEMBER 26, 2014

Toyota Free State Cheetahs coach, Rory Duncan, said he expects a tough game against the Vodacom Blue Bulls at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein in their Currie Cup match on Friday.

"We know it is going to be very physical," Duncan said on Thursday.

"That is the way the Bulls play their rugby. But we have some good momentum going into the game and we want to use that to our advantage. We aren't focusing on the semi-finals, but are taking it game for game."

After losing against the Cell C Sharks last weekend, the Bulls plan on recapturing their winning streak.

The Cheetahs are currently sitting fifth on the log and will move a position up, provided they triumph over the Bulls side, and the Pumas go down against Western Province on the same day.

Last week’s game against the Eastern Province Kings have given the Cheetahs confidence, as they are hoping to secure a spot in the semi-finals.

Duncan has made three positional changes to his team for Friday’s clash.

Lose-head prop, Coenie Oosthuizen; Flank, Jean Cook and Centre, Rayno Benjamin, have all returned from injury and will add power to the Cheetahs team.

“We are really happy that guys like Coenie, Jean and Rayno are back in the setup. They are all experienced players that will add spice to the side,” Duncan said

"And of course their physical presence will also be very welcome. From the back guys like Clayton, Rayno Benjamin and Raymond Rhule can come into play if our forwards produce good quality ball."

The Cheetahs team:

 Clayton Blommetjies, Rayno Benjamin, Francois Venter, Joubert Engelbrecht, Raymond Rhule, Willie du Plessis, Sarel Pretorius, Jean Cook, Lappies Labuschagne, Tienie Burger, Francois Uys, Henco Venter, George Marich, Torsten van Jaarsveld (captain), Coenie Oosthuizen.

Replacements:

Hercu Liebenberg, Caylib Oosthuizen, Werner Lourens, Neil Claassen, Shaun Venter, Pieter-Steyn de Wet, JP du Plessis

 

Photo Caption: Cheetahs Coach, Rory Duncan expects a tough game against the Blue Bulls. Photo courtesy of www.beeld.com