Tewis De Bruyn will start at flyhalf against Western province in the absence of Chris Rossouw.
Reports indicate that Rossouw has a head injury and will miss the opportunity to play against his birth province. He has not recovered as well as expected after being concussed during the Cheetahs’ match against the Lions two weeks ago. Neil Powell will now start at scrumhalf.
Springbok loose forward Juan Smith returns straight into the side and takes over the captaincy from Hendro Scholtz who will be on the other flank. Duane Vermeulen will round out the loose trio for the Cheetahs.
As expected Adriaan Strauss takes over the hooker birth from cousin Richardt.
In a bit of news that I find very difficult to believe Kabamba Floors is on the bench and according to Volksblad, Naka Drotske has said Floors could be used on the wing. Apparently Drotske is planning on using Floors at wing quite regularly in the future and it will be interesting to see if this actually happens.
Cheetahs: 15 Bevin Fortuin, 14 Wilton Pietersen, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Fabian Juries, 10 Tewis de Bruyn, 9 Neil Powell, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Juan Smith (Capt), 6 Hendro Scholtz, 5 Barend Pieterse, 4 David de Villiers, 3 Kobus Calldo, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Wian du Preez.
Reserves: 16 Richardt Strauss, 17 Phillip Lemmer, 18 Nico Breedt, 19 Heinrich Brussow, 20 JW Jonker, 21 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 22 Kabamba Floors.