The Cheetahs team to face the Sharks on Saturday has been named.
Wing Lionel Mapoe is back from injury and will join Jongi Nokwe and Hennie Daniller in an exciting back three. JP Joubert comes back in for Tewis de Bruyn at scrumhalf, while Jacques-Louis Potgeiter is back at flyhalf after missing out against Boland last week.
The pack has a settled look. Coenie Oosthuizen is back on the bench after being pressed into service as a starting tighthead option last week – an experiment that was not wholly successful. WP Nel will be back in the number 3 jersey this week.
The Cheetahs have again opted to make do without a hooker replacement on the bench. Number 8 Ashley Johnson will take over in the middle of the scrum if required, with both Hendro Scholtz and Kabamba Floors named as loose forward reserves.
Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Lionel Mapoe, 13 Corné Uys, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Jongi Nokwe, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 JP Joubert, 8 Ashley Johnson, 7 Frans Viljoen, 6 Heinrich Brussuow, 5 David de Villiers, 4 Nico Breedt (capt), 3 WP Nel, 2 Richardt Strauss, 1 Wian du Preez.
Replacements: 16 Coenie Oosthuizen, 17 Izak van der Westhuizen, 18 Hendro Scholtz, 19 Kabamba Floors, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Louis Strydom, 22 Fabian Juries.