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The rise and fall of the Cheetahs’ du Plessis-es


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Currie Cup, Original Content on 4 Sep 2014 at 09:21
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Ok, so I have no clue how to form a correct plural of “du Plessis”, but bear with me here anyway.

Cheetahs coach Rory Duncan has kept his pack intact for this weekend’s Currie Cup game against the Pumas in Bloemfontein, but has made two changes to his backline for the encounter.

Former Sharks man Willie du Plessis loses his spot at flyhalf, dropping to the bench to make way for young Shimlas pivot Pieter-Steyn de Wet. In order to fulfill his du Plessis quota, though, Duncan has promoted journeyman centre JP into the starting lineup – he will start at 13 with vice-captain Frans Venter shifting to 12. Joubert Engelbrecht pays the price for having no first name and has to make do with a spot on the wood.

The only new face in the 22 this week comes in the form of Werner Lourens in jersey 18, proof that Waltie Vermeulen really isn’t very highly rated at all. Lourens, at 1.88m, is even shorter than the starting locks, who at 1.89m and 1.94m would battle to look the 1.98m Vermeulen square in the eye.

Toyota Free State Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Rayno Benjamin, 13 JP du Plessis, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Pieter-Steyn de Wet, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Jean Cook, 7 Neil Claassen, 6 Tienie Burger, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Henco Venter, 3 Dolph Botha, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld (captain), 1 Kevin Stevens.
Replacements: 16 AJ le Roux, 17 George Marich, 18 Werner Lourens, 19 Vincent Jobo, 20 Shaun Venter, 21 Willie du Plessis, 22 Joubert Engelbrecht.



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