John Plumtree has made a few rotational change in the pack, with Jannie du Plessis coming in at tight head prop and John Smit starting in the number 2 jersey this week. Deon Carstens will start at looshead prop, with Tendai Mtawarira and Bismarck du Plessis both confined to the woodwork this week.
Amongst the backs, Frans Steyn moves one spot closer to the action and will operate at flyhalf in Ruan Pienaar’s absence. Somehwat surprisingly, Adrian Jacobs will remain at outside centre this week with Super 14 newbie Riaan Swanepoel named in the number 12 shirt.
It would appear that last week’s front row are paying the price for a sub-par performance against the lowly Reds. Plumtree clearly hopes that this week’s combination will be ablt to get the upper-hand over the Force and lay a platform for victory.
There are a number of interesting changes among the reserves, though, with both flyhalf Monty Dumond and loose forward Justin Downey poised to make their Super Rugby debuts off the bench this week. Skholiwe Ndlovu drops out of this week’s match 22.
15. Stefan Terblanche 14. Odwa Ndungane 13. Adrian Jacobs 12. Riaan Swanepoel 11. JP Pietersen 10. Francois Steyn 9. Rory Kockott 8. Ryan Kankowski 7. Keegan Daniel 6. Jacques Botes 5. Johann Muller (Captain) 4. Steven Sykes 3. Jannie du Plessis 2. John Smit 1. Deon Carstens
Replacements: 16. Bismarck du Plessis 17. Tendai Mtawarira 18. Albert van den Berg 19. Justin Downey 20. Ross Cronje 21. Monty Dumond 22. Luzuko Vulindlu