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Cheetahs trio to start against Edinburgh

───   MORGAN PIEK 07:46 Fri, 01 Mar 2024

Cheetahs trio to start against Edinburgh | News Article
Jeandré Rudolph and Victor Sekekete - Morgan Piek

“The experience of playing for the Ospreys has been great for me. I'm enjoying every single part of it and I'm taking it all in. That's so that when I go to my next chapter, I take all of these learnings with me.”

All three Toyota Cheetahs players have been named in the Ospreys starting XV for their United Rugby Championship game against Edinburgh on Friday night.

The Cheetahs captain, Victor Sekekete, as well as the loose forward Jeandré Rudolph and centre Evardi Boshoff are in the run-on side for the clash in Scotland.

Sekekete and Boshoff will both be playing in their second game for the Ospreys after starting against Ulster nearly a fortnight ago, while Rudolph is on debut.

Sekekete told OFM Sport that while they miss the South African weather, they are learning a lot regarding the overseas game.

“We've had two days of sunshine in two weeks, so that's as bad as it gets,” said the Currie Cup-winning Cheetahs skipper.

“I think rugby wise it's been a great experience and I've learnt a lot in the Ospreys system. Seeing how they do things and their approach, especially in wet weather games, which is the most of them.

“The experience of playing for the Ospreys has been great for me. I'm enjoying every single part of it and I'm taking it all in. That's so that when I go to my next chapter, I take all of these learnings with me and share it with other players as well.”

In addition, the former Cheetahs tighthead prop, Tom Botha, will start in the front-row. He is however a settled member at the Welsh outfit after joining them back in 2018.

Friday evening’s game at the Scotstoun Stadium kicks off at 21:35.

Edinburgh Rugby - Emiliano Boffelli (Duendes Rugby Club), Harry Paterson (Edinburgh Accies), Mark Bennett (Cumnock RFC), Matt Currie (Dumfries Saints RFC), Chris Dean (North Berwick RFC/ Edinburgh Accies), Ben Healy (Nenagh Ormond RFC), Ben Vellacott (Barnstaple RFC) (CAPT), Boan Venter (Griquas), Dave Cherry (Edinburgh Accies), WP Nel (Durbanville Belville Rugby Club), Sam Skinner (Topsham Rugby Club), Glen Young (Jed Forest RFC), Tom Dodd (Old Leamingtonians), Hamish Watson (Wilmslow Wolves), Viliame Mata (Lami Steelers/Gaunavou Rugby)

Replacements - Paddy Harrison (Peebles RFC), Luan de Bruin (Pretoria Police Rugby Club), Javan Sebastian (Carmarthen Athletic), Marshall Sykes (Woodbridge Rugby Club), Ben Muncaster (North Berwick RFC), Ali Price (West Norfolk), James Lang (London Irish amateur), Wes Goosen (Wellington Lions)

Ospreys - Jack Walsh (Manly Marlins), Alex Cuthbert (Hucclecote RFC), Evardi Boshoff (Cheetahs), Keiran Williams (Glynneath RFC), Keelan Giles (Waunarlywdd RFC), Dan Edwards (Cwmafan RFC), Luke Davies (Cefneithin RFC), Nicky Smith (Waunarlywdd RFC), Sam Parry (Haverdforwest RFC), Tom Botha - (Paul Roos Gymnasium), James Ratti Dunvant RFC), Victor Sekekete (Cheetahs), Harri Deaves (Pontyclun RFC), Justin Tipuric (Trebanos RFC) (CAPT), Jeandre Rudolph (Cheetahs)

Replacements - Lewis Lloyd (Treorchy RFC), Rhys Henry (Cwmafan RFC), Ben Warren (Ystrad Rhonda), Rhys Davies (Penclawdd RFC), Morgan Morris (Penclawdd RFC), Cameron Jones (Maesteg Quins), Owen Williams (Ystradgynlais RFC), Mat Protheroe (Waunarlywdd RFC)

Morgan Piek OFM Sport

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