Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské has selected Caylib Oosthuizen ahead of Springbok Trevor Nyakane for their warm-up match against the Pumas in Parys on Saturday.
The coach said Oosthuizen had played better than Nyakane in their match against the Kings last weekend.
Former Kings scrumhalf Shaun Venter will start for the Cheetahs, with Sarel Pretorius, who had a shoulder injury, set to make his return off the bench.
Both the Cheetahs and the Pumas will field 24-man squads.
Cheetahs – 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Lappies Labuschagne, 6 Jean Cook, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lood de Jager, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Adriaan Strauss (c), 1 Caylib Oosthuizen.
Subs: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Ligtoring Landman, 19 Boom Prinsloo, 20 Sarel Pretorius, 21 Elgar Watts, 22 Rayno Benjamin, 23 Riaan Smit, 24 Maks van Dyk.
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