Challenge Cup – Toyota Cheetahs Named Line-up To Play ASM Clermont Auvergne In Clermont


In the EPCR Challenge Cup Round of 16, the Toyota Cheetahs will take on ASM Auvergne Clermont on Saturday, 6 April at 13:30 (SA Time) at the Stade Marcel Michelin in Clermont.

The Toyota Cheetahs secured a spot in the knockout stage despite narrowly missing out on home advantage. They finished third in Pool 1, earning a place alongside other qualified teams. Key victories include a home win against the Hollywoodbets Sharks.

Izak van der Westhuizen recently took over the reins from Hawie Fourie as head coach of the Toyota Cheetahs.

Coach Izak van der Westhuizen: "I think the guys know what is expected of them and the conditions. Playing is always difficult because you never know which side will arrive for the game. I think it helps a lot to have that experience within the group."

Captain Victor Sekekete: "From the boy's side, we are more eager, especially because we've been there, and last year's defeat to Toulon left a bitter taste in our mouths."

"There is more hunger, and what is important to us is the game management and to realize that when you're playing over there, anything can happen on the day. The most important thing is to ensure we control what we can control."

Louis van der Westhuizen will run onto the field for his 50th cap for the Toyota Cheetahs.

Toyota Cheetahs: 15. Tapiwa Mafura, 14. Daniel Kasende, 13. Munier Hartzenberg, 12. Reinhardt Fortuin, 11. Litha Nkula, 10. George Lourens, 9. Ruan Pienaar, 8. Friedle Olivier, 7. Oupa Mohoje, 6. Jeandré Rudolph, 5. Victor Sekekete (c), 4. Carl Wegner, 3. Aranos Coetzee, 2. Louis van der Westhuizen, 1. Schalk Ferreira. Replacements: 16. Marko Janse van Rensburg, 17. Alulutho Tshakweni, 18. Laurence Victor, 19. Mzwanele Zito, 20. Gideon van der Merwe, 21. Siba Qoma, 22. Andell Loubser, 23. Rewan Kruger.