SA Sevens star, Chris Dry to lead the Toyota Free State Cheetahs

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The SA Sevens star, Chris Dry will be leading the Toyota Free State Cheetahs when they tank on the Cell C Sharks on Saturday, 2 September in a Currie Cup match in Durban.  Kick-off is at 16:15.

The referee for the game is Marius van der Westhuizen.  He will be assisted by Ben Crause and Archie Sehlako.  The TMO is Marius Jonker.

Free State Rugby awaits in great anticipation with the first Guinness PRO14 match on Friday 1 September 2017, against Ulster followed a week later against Munster in Ireland.  On the same dates, the Toyota Free State Cheetahs will play in the Currie Cup against the Sharks (Durban) and Western Province (Cape Town), consecutively.

“Free State Rugby looks forward to the challenge for all players, staff, coaches as well as our supporters.   It is necessary to point out that the overlapping of the Currie Cup and PRO14 is an extraordinary occurrence because it was implemented at short notice. It is however, foreseeable, that there will not be overlapping in future,”   said Harold Verster, Managing Director of the Free State Cheetahs (Pty) Ltd.

Where the PRO14 overlaps with the Currie Cup, structures will be as follows:

Currie Cup Coach will be Daan Human with MJ Smith as backline coach. Albert Keuris will act as skills coach and Erick Colyn is the Physiotherapist.  Ashwell Rafferty will be the Currie Cup Team Manager for the Season and will join Guinness PRO14 moving forward.  Franco Smith, Director of Rugby will assist both teams with skills, structures and strategy.                            

Toyota Free State Cheetahs vs Cell C Sharks 

                          Currie Cup 

                   2 September, 16:15    

         Growthpoint Kings Park, Durban

  1. Gert Kotze
  2. Reinach Venter
  3. Luan de Bruin
  4. Nicolaas Immelman
  5. Dennis Visser
  6. Junior Pokomela
  7. Chris Dry (Captain)
  8. Japer Wiese
  9. JP Smith
  10. Ryno Eksteen
  11. Luther Obi
  12. Stephan Janse van Rensburg
  13. JW Jonker
  14. Carel-Jan Coetzee
  15. Reinhardt Erwee


  1. Elandre Huggett
  2. Andrew Kuhn
  3. Sibabalo Qoma
  4. Ntokoza Vidima
  5. Daniel Maartens
  6. Dian Badenhorst
  7. Marco Mason                                            

Toyota Free State Cheetahs u.21 vs Vodacom Blue Bulls u.21  

                  SA Rugby Under 21 Championship

                                1 September, 16:00

                           Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria


  1. Kwenzohuhle Blose
  2. James Janse van Vuuren
  3. Joseph Johannes Botha
  4. Ewan Coetzee
  5. Ruben Schoeman
  6. Musa Mahlasela
  7. Phumzile Maqondwana
  8. Bertus De Bod
  9. Jaywinn Juries
  10. Justin Taylor
  11. Tiisetso Gorden Modonsela
  12. Niell Stannard
  13. Ruan Wasserman
  14. Christiaan Nel
  15. Ruan Henning


  1. Marnus Van der Merwe
  2. Abram Adrian Venter
  3. Brendan Verster
  4. Gerhardus Jacobus Lombard
  5. Berco Venter
  6. Shelwynn Dyssel
  7. Kurt Leon Eybers


Coach: Izak van der Westhuizen

Assistant Coach: Sinovuyo Ganto

Team Manager: Renaldo Meyer

Toyota Free State Cheetahs u.19 vs Blue Bulls u.19

             SA Rugby Under 19 Championship

                            1 September, 14:20

                     Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria


  1. Bheki Qaba
  2. Quintin Vorster
  3. Gideon Jacobus Beukes
  4. Nathan Jordan
  5. Mervyn Roos
  6. Reynardt Theron
  7. Henk Pretorius
  8. Willem Petrus Van Heerden
  9. Rewan Kruger
  10. Lubabalo Dobela
  11. Marthinus Boshoff
  12. Sango Xamlashe
  13. Aya Oliphant
  14. Athi Halom
  15. Darren Lance Adonis


  1. Ruben Cross
  2. Bulelani Sali
  3. Olehile Allan Losaba
  4. Johannes Terblanche
  5. Zinedine Booysen
  6. Gerrie Koegelenberg
  7. Johannes Nicolaas Van eeden
  8. Tristan Jake Spies

Head Coach: Melusi Mduduzi Mthethwa

Assistant Coach (Forward Coach): Christiaan Rudolph Liebenberg

Team Manager: Edward Booi

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