Johan Goosen will start at flyhalf for the Cheetahs' Super Rugby match against the Sharks in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
The Springbok flyhalf has recovered from the knee injury that kept him out of a majority of the Springboks' June Tests to take his place in a menacing backline for the clash against the title-chasing Sharks.
A number of players won their first caps for the Boks during the international window and Naka Drotské has wasted no time in getting them back into Super Rugby action. New Bok Cornal Hendricks will start on the right wing, while forwards Teboho Mohoje and Lood de Jager will also be looking to make an impact from the get-go.
Adriaan Strauss will lead the team once again despite murmurings of a possible move north to the Bulls, where he forms an all-Springbok front row along with Trevor Nyakane and Coenie Oosthuizen.
The Cheetahs will be hoping to scrape themselves off the foot of the table before their final match against the Lions at Ellis Park next weekend.
Cheetahs – 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Ryno Benjamin, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lood de Jager, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Adriaan Strauss (c), 1 Trevor Nyakane.
Subs: 16 Caylib Oosthuizen, 17 Luan de Bruin, 18 Carl Wegner, 19 Jean Cook, 20 Henco Venter, 21 Shaun Venter, 22 Elgar Watts, 23 Hennie Daniller.
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