Junior Pokomela To Lead Toyota Cheetahs Against Emirates Lions

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The Toyota Cheetahs will be facing the Emirates Lions in the third round of their Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked campaign on Saturday, 24 October in Emirates Airlines Park, Johannesburg.

The Toyota Cheetahs battled their way to a close-fought 19-17 win over the Vodacom Bulls in their clash in Bloemfontein on Friday evening, as a result of their second successive win, the Toyota Cheetahs are the log leaders with nine points from two wins, followed by the Vodacom Bulls (five points), the DHL Stormers, Cell C Sharks and Phakisa Pumas, all on four points each.

Coach Hawies Fourie made changes due to the knee injury of Ruan Pienaar, Junior Pokomela will take over the Captaincy for the competition and Tian Meyer will replace Ruan Pienaar at scrumhalf.

Ruben de Haas, the Cheetahs American international scrumhalf will be making his debut in the Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked competition. He represented the USA team at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Toyota Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Malcolm Jaer, 13 Benhard Janse van Rensburg, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Rosko Specman, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Junior Pokomela (captain), 6 Andisa Ntsila, 5 Walt Steenkamp, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Luan de Bruin, 2 Reinach Venter, 1 Charles Marais. Replacements: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Boan Venter, 18 Erich de Jager, 19 JP du Preez, 20 Aidon Davis, 21 Chris Massyn, 22 Ruben de Haas, 23 William Small-Smith.

Players not available: The following players are not eligible for team selection due to injury: Wilmar Arnoldi (cheekbone), Reniel Hugo (knee), Aranos Coetzee (ankle), Rhyno Smith (quad), Duncan Saal (hamstring), Dries Swanepoel (calf), Ruan Pienaar (knee).