Cheetahs scrumhalf Falie Oelschig and flyhalf Conrad Barnard have both been dropped from the team to meet the Waratahs in Sydney on Saturday.
News24 reports that lock Barend Pieterse (calf injury), prop Kobus Caldo (calf injury and centre JW Jonker (rested) were also not to be considered for the match.
“We simply couldn’t gamble with Pieterse, and Jonker has played in every match thus far and needed a rest,” said coach Naka Drotske from Sydney on Tuesday.
Oelschig’s lack of discipline against the Brumbies last weekend probably cost him his place in the team and the Cheetahs will take the field with a new halfback combination in Jacques-Louis Potgieter and Tewis de Bruyn. Oelschig will, however, be on the bench
In midfield Drotske has opted for Hendrik Meyer to partner Meyer Bosman. It is believed the Waratahs will play Lote Tuqiri at outside centre and it will be Meyer’s job to keep the Aussie flyer in check.
CJ van der Linde will replace Caldo who has already returned home. Griquas’ Bees Roux has joined the team as a replacement, and David de Villiers has replaced Pieterse.
Starting XV: Hennie Daniller, Eddie Fredericks, Hendrik Meyer, Meyer Bosman, Jongi Nokwe, Jacques-Louis Potgieter, Tewis de Bruyn, Duanne Vermeulen, Darron Nel, Heinrich Brussow, David de Villiers, Rory Duncan (captain), CJ van der Linde, Adriaan Strauss, Wian du Preez.