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Where: Free State Stadium
When: 16.05 (BST)
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Flyhalf Johan Goosen and prop Coenie Oosthuizen have been named in the starting side to take on the Western Force at Free State Stadium today.
The two Springboks make the step up from the bench last weekend in their sides narrow loss to the Bulls.
Goosen has overcome the affects of a concussion to replace Elgar Watts in the starting team while Oosthuizen come in for Maks van Dyk at tight head prop.
Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské said the pair on internationals had done enough in game and during the week in the lead-up to the Force, to show they were ready for a full 80-minute performance.
“It is good to have both Johan and Coenie back. They are two quality players that are very influential in the way we want to play,” Drotske said.
“Coenie played 30 minutes against the Bulls and I think he showed he is ready for more this week. We will see how it goes with his fitness, but we are excited to have him back.
“Goose has had a rough patch were he had a couple of niggles, so hopefully everything is now 100 percent fine and he can play longer.”
Raymond Rhule has been named on the wing for the Cheetahs despite picking up an ankle injury last weekend, with Cornal Hendricks named as cover.
With flanker Jean Cook sidelined with a shoulder injury after the last game, versatile loose forward and lock Teboho Mohoje gets his chance in what will be his run on debut against the Force.
Western Force coach Michael Foley has retained the same side that beat the Bulls 15-9 last start in Perth for today’s clash.
The match will mark flyhalf Sias Ebersohn’s first in Bloemfontein since joining the Western Australian club from the Cheetahs for the 2013 Super Rugby season. The Bloemfontein-born pivot played 30 matches for the Cheetahs between 2010 and 2012.
Lock Wilhelm Steenkamp, who will start from the bench on Saturday, also makes his return to the Free State, where he played 13 matches for the Cheetahs in 2012. Steenkamp also represented the Bulls (2008-2009, 2012-2013) and the Sharks (2010) before joining the Western Force this season.
Hennie Daniller, Raymond Rhule/Cornal Hendricks, Johann Sadie, Rayno Benjamin, Willie le Roux, Johan Goosen, Sarel Pretorius. Boom Prinsloo, Teboho Mohoje, Heinrich Brüssow, Francois Uys, Andries Ferreira, Coenie Oosthuizen, Adriaan Strauss (captain), Caylib Oosthuizen.
Replacements: Torsten van Jaarsveld, Trevor Nyakane, Maks van Dyk, Carel Greeff, Waltie Vermeulen, Shaun Venter, Elgar Watts, Cornal Hendricks/Howard Mnisi.
1. Pek Cowan,2. Nathan Charles,3. Kieran Longbottom,4. Adam Coleman,5. Sam Wykes,6. Angus Cottrell,7. Matt Hodgson (c),8. Ben McCalman,9. Ian Prior,10. Sias Ebersohn,11. Nick Cummins ,12. Kyle Godwin,13. Marcel Brache,14. Dane Haylett-Petty,15. Jayden Hayward
Replacements : 16. Heath Tessmann,17. Tetera Faulkner ,18. Ollie Hoskins,19. Wilhelm Steenkamp,20. Brynard Stander,21. Justin Turner,22. Zack Holmes ,23. Chris Tuatara-Morrison