• Cheetahs chop and change

    Coach Franco Smith has made seven personnel changes to the Cheetahs' starting XV ahead of Saturday's match against the Hurricanes in Wellington.

    Of the five changes among the forwards, Smith has opted for an all-new front row of Ox Nche, Elandre Huggett and Johan Coetzee. Charles Marais, Tom Botha and Torsten van Jaarsveld drop to the bench.

    Elsewhere, lock Armandt Koster comes in ahead of Francois Uys and Uzair Cassiem takes over on the side of the scrum from Niell Jordaan.

    In the backline, scrumhalf Shaun Venter and centre Clinton Swart earn starting berths, with Tian Meyer and Ruan van Rensburg providing cover on the bench.

    Cheetahs – 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter (c), 12 Clinton Swart, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Henco Venter, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Uzair Cassiem, 5 Carl Wegner, 4 Armandt Koster, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Elandré Huggett, 1 Ox Nche.
    Subs: 16 Torsten van Jaarsvel, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Tom Botha, 19 Francois Uys, 20 Niell Jordaan, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Niel Marais, 23 Ruan van Resnburg.

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