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Fred gets a start


Written by Udo Lütge (pastorshark)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Currie Cup, Original Content on 13 Aug 2015 at 10:35
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The Cheetahs have named their team for the second round of Currie Cup fixtures…and the news is that former Sharks flyhalf, Fred Zeilinga gets his first start for the men in white.

In the first round of fixtures, the Cheetahs went with rookie flyhalf Niel Marais. Marais had a very good Varsity Cup for the eventual Champions, the Shimlas! He will have built a good relationship with the Shimlas coach at the time, Franco Smith. Smith was promoted and took over the reigns at the Cheetahs. He promptly gave Marais a shot towards the end of the Super Rugby Campaign, and to be honest, he made a very good impression, but the Cheetahs were thumped badly by the Bulls at home in week 1 of the Currie Cup Competition and Marais is one of the players to the price of that heavy defeat.

Zeilinga, who moved away from the Sharks after receiving very little game time there and dropping below Lionel Cronje in the pecking order, will be thrilled to receive his chance this weekend. He will also be wanting to make a very good impression, as Sias Ebersohn has returned to Bloemfontein after a few seasons playing for the Western Force in Super Rugby. Ebersohn must surely being eyeing the number 10 jersey for the Cheetahs and it will take a good performance by Zeilinga to keep Ebersohn on the bench.

The Cheetahs face a tough task as they tackle the defending champions, Western Province, at Newlands. If Fred can spearhead a turnaround for the Cheetahs, he will certainly have gone a long way to making the flyhalf position his own at his new home. I, for one, wish Fred everything of the best and hope that he has a blinder. Good luck Fred!

Cheetahs: 15. AJ Coertzen, 14. Clayton Blommetjies, 13. Francois Venter, 12. Ryno Benjamin, 11. Raymond Rhule, 10. Fred Zeilinga, 9. Shaun Venter, 8. Niell Jordaan, 7. Henco Venter, 6. Boom Prinsloo, 5. Francois Uys (capt), 4. Armandt Koster, 3. Luan de Bruin, 2. Jacques du Toit, 1. Caylib Oosthuizen.
Replacements:
16. Elandre Huggett, 17. Nicolaas van Dyk, 18. Hugo Reniel, 19. Gerhard Olivier, 20. Zee Mkhabela, 21. Tertius Kruger, 22. Sias Ebersohn.



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