Charles Marais will start ahead of Ox Nche when the Cheetahs take on the Blues at Eden Park on Friday.
Nche has been a highly impressive performer for the Cheetahs, but his place at loosehead prop will be taken by Marais in one of two changes to the starting lineup.
The one injury-enforced change sees Niell Jordaan come in for injured Paul Schoeman on the flank.
Cheetahs – 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter (c), 12 William Small-Smith, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Henco Venter, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Niell Jordaan, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Charles Marais.
Subs: 16 Elandre Huggett, 17 Ox Nche, 18 Johan Coetzee, 19 Armandt Koster, 20 Uzair Cassiem, 21 Shaun Venter, 22 Niel Marais, 23 Clinton Swart.
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