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SA CUP TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Toyota Cheetahs vs Suzuki Griquas

Posted on Thursday, 16 May 2024

SA CUP TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT:  Toyota Cheetahs vs Suzuki Griquas

In the Toyota Cheetahs’ last SA Cup match of the season, the team will face their neighbours, the Suzuki Griquas, on Friday, 17 May, at Shimla Park on the campus of the University of the Free State. The game will be live on SuperSport Rugby.

Due to the re-sowing process and the field in Toyota Stadium not being ready for play, the match has been relocated to Shimla Park.

The gates open at 12:00, with the Free State U.13 side taking on their counterparts from the Griquas. At 15:00, the Toyota Cheetah u. 21 play against the Leopards u.21’s. Tickets are R20 and available at three entrances at Shimla Park. Season tickets and suite tickets will be valid at Shimla Park.

The access points for supporters entering Shimla Park will be as follows: Main Gate (Gate 1) on Nelson Mandela Drive. Medical Gate (Gate 3) on DF Malherbe Drive & Wynand Mouton Street intersection. Furstenberg Gate (Gate 4) opposite Tempe Military Base. The exciting points after the game will be as follows: All entrances above and an emergency exit at Koos Van Der Walt (on the western side of the University).

Alulutho Tshakweni will run onto the field in his 50th and last match for the Toyota Cheetahs.

Together with him, three other teammates, Marnus van der Merwe (Scarlets), Tapiwa Mafura (Lions) and Sibabala Qoma (Lions), will be saying goodbye to the orange jersey on Friday.

A true legend of South African rugby, Ruan Pienaar, will hang up his boots on Friday evening. He will be leading the team in his 85th match for the Toyota Cheetahs.

“It’s a sad day. I think South Africa has had great rugby players over the years, and I think as far as Ruan is concerned, the credit he deserves has not always come his way.” Said the Toyota Cheetahs’ Director of Rugby, Frans Steyn.


“My rugby career has gone full circle, and finishing where it all began in Bloemfontein and in front of family and friends is special.” Said Ruan Pienaar.

“To come back at the age of 35 and be part of two Currie Cup titles was special. I’m still a huge fan of the Currie Cup series and hope it can continue for another 100 years. It’s a competition with so much history. So many big names in South African rugby have been privileged to lift the cup and play in the series. For me, it still holds a special place on the local rugby calendar.”

Ruan took the first steps in his coaching career when he officially joined the Free State U. 21 and Toyota Academy coaching staff as the new backline and attack coach in the beginning of May.

Free State Rugby proudly celebrates this exceptional player, anticipating even more significant achievements as he transitions into a coaching role.

Coach Izak van der Westhuizen announced his team for the encounter:

Toyota Cheetahs vs Suzuki Griquas


15. Tapiwa Mafura, 14. Daniel Kasende, 13. Munier Hartzenberg, 12. Jooste Nel, 11. Litha Nkula, 10. George Lourens, 9. Ruan Pienaar (C ), 8. Jeandré Rudolph, 7. Sibabalo Qoma, 6.Gideon van der Merwe, 5. Oupa Mohoje, 4. Pierre-Raymond Uys, 3. Aranos Coetzee, 2. Marnus van der Merwe, 1. Alulutho Tshakweni.

On bench: 16. Louis van der Westhuizen, 17. Cameron Dawson, 18. Justin Forwood, 19. Sisonke Vumazonke, 20. Will Hickey, 21. Neels Volschenk, 22. Marco Jansen van Vuren, 23. Rewan Kruger.

The referee for the match is AJ Jacobs.

Players not available:


The following players are not eligible for team selection due to injury:

Daniel Maartens (hip), Reagan Oranje (knee), Rynier Bernardo (neck), Ali Mgijima (groin), Siba Xamlashe (bone fracture), Reinhardt Fortuin (back), Hencus van Wyk (neck), Ruben de Haas (hamstring), Laurence Victor (calf), Carl Wegner (hip), Andisa Ntsila (ankle), Thabang Mahlasi (foot), James Verity-Amm (knee), Michael Annies (knee), Friedle Olivier (ankle)

The Toyota Cheetahs u21 will take on Leopards u21 as curtain-raiser game before the main match at Shimla Park, UFS Campus on Friday. Kick-off is at 15:00

Ciach Henley Du Plessis announced his team for the encounter:

Toyota Cheetahs u21:

15. Shaun Ray Jr, 14. Martin Botha, 13. James Jonker, 12. Freddie Dreyer, 11. Themba Sibisi, 10. Bradley Giddy, 9. Erich Visser, 8. Maynard Kleynhans, 7. Keegan Scholtz, 6. Ramon Uys, 5. Katlego Lobakeng, 4. AJ Burger, 3. Loyola Mtwa, 2. Nick Greyling, 1. Marco Coetzee

On bench: 16. Sifiso Mpanza, 17. Ayanda Nkokazi, 18. Cassie Botes, 19. Sandile Nzuza, 20. Ferdi Vergotini, 21. Raydon Swartbooi, 22. Liam Prinsloo, 23. Riego Heath.

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