Cheetahs to bench Sias

Sias Ebersohn will not start at flyhalf for the Cheetahs in their first Super 14 warm-up match against Eastern Province next Saturday.

Many media reports expected Ebersohn or Griquas fullback Riaan Viljoen to spearhead the Cheetahs’ backline as incumbents Naas Olivier and Louis Strydom are recovering from knee injuries.

Cheetahs backline coach Hawies Fourie, however, has confirmed with this site that Tewis de Bruyn will start in the No 10 jersey.

‘Sias will not start against EP,’ Fourie told ‘Naas and Louis are still out, so we have decided to select Tewis because he is our number one goal kicker at the moment.

‘Sias will come on off the bench later in the match and then we will probably shift Tewis to scrumhalf.’

Fourie has also confirmed that the Cheetahs have requested to cancel their warm-up match against Namibia.

‘It will be too much of a hassle to travel the guys up to Windhoek to face Nambia,’ he said. ‘We will probably just face our Vodacom Cup side instead.’

By Gareth Duncan