The Cheetahs will face defending Super Rugby champions the Chiefs this weekend without regular number 8 Philip van der Walt. The tournament’s leading tackler went under the knife today to repair a broken hand and is expected to be out of action for around two months.
In a further blow, there’ll be no return for Coenie Oosthuizen this week either. While it was initially thought the Bok tighthead might be cleared for a return to the field after picking up a neck injury on tour, it’s since been revealed that he will need at least another two weeks away from the coalface.
Jean Cook will start in the number 8 jersey this week, with Lappies Labuschagne restored to the number 7 jersey. Another change sees Trevor Nyakane start at loosehead for the first time this season, as Caylib Oosthuizen has a niggle that will restrain him to a bench role.
Ryno Benjamin reprises the somewhat unfamiliar number 12 role in an unchanged back division.
Toyota Cheetahs: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Ryno Benjamin, 11 Hennie Daniller, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Jean Cook, 7 Lappies Labuschagne, 6 Boom Prinsloo, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lood de Jager, 3 Maks van Dyk, 2 Adriaan Strauss (capt), 1 Trevor Nyakane.
Reserves: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Rossouw de Klerk, 19 Andries Ferreira, 20 Oupa Mohoje, 21 Shaun Venter, 22 Elgar Watts, 23 Howard Mnisi