Bear with me here, fans. Our efforts to find something resembling an official Cheetahs team announcement continue to be confounded by the fact that they have yet to discover the telephone, type-writer or Internet down in Bloemfontein. As usual, wading through their Afrikaans-only website has proved fruitless, so we are forced to announce the team as carried on Keo and hope that it’s correct.
The forward pack is unchanged from the unit that did so well against the Sharks, although there is a change on the bench, with Hans van Dyk taking over from Richardt Strauss as reserve hooker. Barend Pieterse will be playing in his final Super 14 game, having announced that he will retire at the end of the season. His lock partner, Rory Duncan, is considered an outside bet to make teh Bok training squad, so he will have plenty to play for.
Regular halfbacks Falie Oelschig and Conrad Barnard are both out. Oelschig has a knee injury, while Barnard pays for some mediocre play against the Sharks by being dropped to the bench. Tobie Botes and Tewis de Bruyn, both of whom are pretty much uitility halfbacks, will operate at scrumhalf and flyhalf respectively.
There are further changes among the backs, with outside centre JW Jonker and fullback Hennie Daniller both playing off the bnech this week. Their places in the starting lineup go to Hendrk Meyer and Bok Bevin Fortuin respectively.
15 Fortuin, 14 Fredericks, 13 Meyer, 12 Bosman, 11 Nokwe, 10 de Bruin, 9 Botes, 8 Vermeulen, 7 Simth (capt), 6 Brüssow, 5 Pieterse, 4 Duncan, 3 van der Linde, 2 A Strauss, 1 du Preez
16 van Dyk, 17 Roux, 18 van der Merwe, 19 Scholtz, 20 Barnard, 21 Jonker, 22 Daniller