Venter back as Cheetahs ring changes

The Cheetahs have made eight changes for Saturday's match against the Waratahs in Sydney.

Captain Francois Venter, who was ruled out of the Reds match due to a calf injury, is back at inside centre, with Michael van der Spuy dropping to the bench. Tian Meyer will start at scrumhalf in place of Shaun Venter.

There are six changes to the pack, with Ox Nche, Elandré Huggett, Luan de Bruin, Francois Uys, Willie Britz and Oupa Mohoje all starting. Torsten van Jaarsveld, Charles Marais, Maks van Dyk, Lood de Jager and Uzair Cassiem are on the bench.

Cheetahs – 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Nico Lee, 12 Francois Venter (c), 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Henco Venter, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Willie Britz, 5 Francois Uys (c), 4 Carl Wegener, 3 Luan de Bruin, 2 Elandré Huggett, 1 Ox Nche.
Subs: 16 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Maks van Dyk, 19 Lood de Jager, 20 Uzair Cassiem, 21 Shaun Venter, 22 Niel Marais, 23 Michael van der Spuy.

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