Hawies Fourie has made five changes to the Cheetahs’ starting lineup for Saturday’s match against the Ospreys in Neath.
Fresh off a two-week break due to European Champions Cup action, the Cheetahs will take on an Ospreys side in turmoil.
Fourie, though, is not taking their opponents lightly and has named a strong match 23 to go into battle.
In the backline, Craig Barry comes into the fold as the starting right wing. His inclusion sees Clayton Blommetjies shift to the right in place of Anthony Volmink.
There are four changes to the pack. No 8 Aidon Davis and openside flank Chris Massyn will start at the expense of Jasper Wiese and Gerhard Olivier. Wilmar Arnoldi gets the nod at hooker and Boan Venter’s selection at loosehead prop means Luan de Bruin switches over to tighthead.
Louis Fouche loses his spot on the bench, where he is replaced by Chris Smit.
Cheetahs – 15 Rhyno Smith, 14 Craig Barry, 13 William Small-Smith, 12 Benhard Janse van Rensburg, 11 Clayton Blommetjies, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Ruan Pienaar (c), 8 Aidon Davis, 7 Junior Pokomela, 6 Chris Massyn, 5 Walk Steenkamp, 4 Sintu Manjezi, 3 Luan de Bruin, 2 Wilmar Arnoldi, 1 Boan Venter.
Subs: 16 Marnus van der Merwe, 17 Reinach Venter, 18 Erich de Jager, 19 JP du Preez, 20 Gerhard Olivier, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 George Whitehead, 23 Chris Smit.