The only local game for this Saturday sees the Cheetahs host the Highlanders in Bloemfontein. The Cheetahs come off their first bye weekend while the Highlanders kick off their tour to South Africa.
The Cheetahs have had a week off following their loss to the Chiefs, and will be fresh to kick off their second half of the tournament with a win against the New Zealanders. Sias Ebersohn drops back to the bench to make way for Baby Bok flyhalf Johan Goosen, with Tewis de Bruyn getting a start ahead of the younger Piet van Zyl. Amongst the forwards, Ashley Johnson is again on the bench and is sure to make an impact off the bench.
The Highlanders are currently lying in second spot on the New Zealand conference, after a tight win over the Blues last weekend. Their match against the Cheetahs will be their target four points as they face the Sharks in Durban next weekend. Ben Smith returns to starting line-up, with Tamati Ellison shifting into the midfield in a backline shuffle.
Cheetahs: Hennie Daniller, Cameron Jacobs, Robert Ebersohn, Andries Strauss, Willie le Roux, Johan Goosen, Tewis de Bruyn, Philip van der Walt, Justin Downey, Heinrich Brüssow, Izak van der Westhuizen, Andries Ferreira, WP Nel, Adriaan Strauss (captain), Coenie Oosthuizen.
Replacements: Hercu Liebenberg, Trevor Nyakane, George Earle, Ashley Johnson, Piet van Zyl, Sias Ebersohn, Philip Snyman.
Highlanders: 1 Jamie Mackintosh (C,) 2 Andrew Hore, 3 Chris King, 4 Josh Bekhuis, 5 Jarrad Hoeata , 6 Adam Thomson, 7 James Haskell ,8 Nasi Manu, 9 Aaron Smith, 10 Mike Delany, 11 Hosea Gear, 12 Shaun Treeby, 13 Tamati Ellison, 14 Buxton Popoali’i, 15 Ben Smith
Reserves 16 Jason Rutledge ,17 Ma’afu Fia ,18 Culum Retallick, 19 Doug Tietjens ,20 Jimmy Cowan, 21 Chris Noakes, 22 Siale Piutau
Referee: Mark Lawrence
Assistant Ref 1:Sindile Mayende
Assistant Ref 2:Stefan Breytenbach
TMO: Shaun Veldsman