Chee­tahs name team for Kings derby

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Chee­tahs coach Rory Dun-can has an­nounced his team to take on the South­ern Kings in a PRO14 en­counter in Port El­iz­a­beth to­day. Dun­can made a few changes to the team that lost 27-21 away to Ital­ian club Benet­ton last week­end. In the back­line, Clay­ton Blom­metjies re­turns to full­back, with Craig Barry start­ing at left wing. Nico Lee starts at out­side cen­tre, re­plac­ing skip­per Fran­cois Ven­ter, who sus­tained a neck in­jury against Ben­neton. Niel Marais will part­ner Lee in mid­field. Up front, props Ox Nche and Tom Botha are in­cluded in the start­ing line-up, with Charles Marais and Jo­han Coet­zee pro­vid­ing cover off the bench.

Lock Justin Bas­son also re­places Carl Weg­ner in the sec­ond row.

Side­lines

Loose for­ward Henco Ven­ter is back on the bench af­ter a long time on the side­lines due to a con­cus­sion.

Hooker Torsten van Jaarsveld will lead the Chee­tahs in Ven­ter’s ab­sence.

It is the first time the two lo­cal teams will meet in the PRO14. The last time they faced each other was last July when they made their fi­nal Su­per Rugby ap­pear­ances.

The Chee­tahs have won all four pre­vi­ous fix­tures be­tween the two.

Pres­sure

“Deal­ing with pres­sure, we’ve been tak­ing this sea­son week by week and not look­ing ahead, but this is the week we’ve been wait­ing for - the first South African derby.

“It is go­ing to be real tough and phys­i­cal game. We ex­pect the Kings to come out guns blaz­ing, but so will we,” Van Jaarsveld said.

Kick-off for to­day's clash is sched­uled for 17:00.

HOOKER: Torsten van Jaarsveld to lead the Chee­tahs.

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