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February 12, 2014

ROUND 1: Cheetahs name two debutants for Lions

ROUND 1: Cheetahs name two debutants for Lions

By SANZAR News Service

As teams finalise preparation for the 2014 Super Rugby season, the Cheetahs are the first to announce their Round 1 squad which will take on the Lions on Saturday evening in Bloemfontein.

Adriaan Strauss will lead a team that includes one debutant in the starting lineup - Cornal Hendricks - and another potential debutant on the bench in Max van Dyk.

Hendricks joins the Cheetahs this year after 18 tournaments in the IRB Sevens World Series and a World Cup appearance in Moscow. The combination of pace, acceleration and anticipation make him a threaterning ball runner who can also be utilised in the centres.

Van Dyk has represented the South African U20 team at the Junior World Championships on home soil, playing in four of the team's five matches, including the triumphant final against New Zealand. He has previously played youth rugby at Western Province and later joined the Sharks Academy. This week, he could earn his first Super Rugby cap in the season-opener.

The match will be refereed by Craig Joubert and kicks off at 5:05pm local time on Saturday (2:05am Australia and 4:05am New Zealand on Sunday)

Cheetahs Starting XV:

1. Caylib Oosthuizen
2. Adriaan Strauss (C)
3. Coenie Oosthuizen
4. Lodewyk de Jager
5. Francois Uys
6. Boom Prinsloo
7. Lappies Labuschagne
8. Philip van der Walt
9. Shaun Venter
10. Johan Goosen
11. Raymond Rhule
12. Francois Venter
13. Johann Sadie
14. Cornal Hendricks*
15. Willie le Roux


Ryno Barnes
Trevor Nyakane
Max van Dyk *
Ligtoring Landman
Jean Cook
Sarel Pretorius
Elgar Watts
Rayno Benjamin

* uncapped

Cornal Hendricks - Wing

Born: 18 April 1988 (25) in Paarl
Height: 189cm
Weight: 90kg

Max van Dyk - Prop
Born: 21 January 1992 (22) in Johannesburg
Height: 186cm
Weight: 114kg


Last 8 Meetings:
7 April 2012: Cheetahs 26 d. Lions 5 (Bloemfontein)
25 February 2012: Lions 27 d. Cheetahs 25 (Johannesburg)
6 May 2011: Cheetahs 53 d. Lions 19 (Johannesburg)
12 March 2011: Lions 25 d. Cheetahs 20 (Bloemfontein)
15 May 2010: Cheetahs 59 d. Lions 10 (Welkom)
13 February 2009: Lions 34 d. Cheetahs 28 (Johannesburg)
16 February 2008: Lions 23 d. Cheetahs 22 (Bloemfontein)
5 May 2007: Cheetahs 16 d. Lions 10 (Johannesburg)

Click here to view the 2014 Super Rugby fixture