The Toyota Cheetahs return to action in Round 10 when they take on Zebre at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi in Parma, Italy on Saturday at 17:00 (SA time), with four changes to the starting line-up from their last match against Ospreys on 30 November. Live broadcast on SuperSport 1, DAZN, and Premier Sports.
Aranos Coetzee returns from injury and will be starting on tight head prop. Luan de Bruin and Joseph Dweba will be providing cover on the bench.
Tian Meyer will be leading the side with George Whitehead on flyhalf and Rabz Maxwane returning to play. Ruan Pienaar and Tian Schoeman are named as replacements.
Hawies Fourie’s side currently occupy a Final Series place, sitting third in Conference A and have never lost to Zebre.
Toyota Cheetahs’ head coach said: “We’re looking forward to start the year on the right foot. We’ve ended 2019 on a high note and we want a good start for 2020.”
“It is important for us to win this match. We are third on the log, two points ahead of Glasgow and they’ve played two games more than us. We’ll have to use the opportunity to stay in a good position on the log, while competing with Ulster for second position.”
“The players had a much needed break and they are excited about Saturday’s encounter”
Zebre vs Toyota Cheetahs, Saturday, 4 January, 17:00 (SA time)
1 Boan Venter; 2 Wilmar Arnoldi; 3 Aranos Coetzee; 4 Sintu Manjezi; 5 Walt Steenkamp; 6 Chris Massyn; 7 Junior Pokomela; 8 Aidon Davis; 9 Tian Meyer (Captain); 10 George Whitehead; 11 Rabz Maxwane; 12 Benhard Janse van Rensburg; 13 William Small-Smith; 14 Craig Barry; 15 Rhyno Smith
16 Joseph Dweba; 17 Erich de Jager; 18 Luan de Bruin; 19 JP du Preez; 20 Marnus van der Merwe; 21 Gerhard Olivier; 22 Ruan Pienaar; 23 Tian Schoeman.
The following players are not eligible for team selection due to injury: Justin Basson (knee) and Charles Marais (bicep). Players on suspension: Dries Swanepoel, Jasper Wiese.
The referee for the match is Sam Grove-White (SRU, 19th Championship appearance). He will be assisted by Gianluca Gnecchi (FIR) and Hollie Davidson (SRU). The TMO is Paul Larter (SRU).