Sydney - The possibility of rain and a heavier reliance on tactical kicking are the reasons why Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske has opted for scrumhalf Tewis de Bruyn to partner Naas Olivier in Sydney.
De Bruyn is one of three changes to the starting XV - and five to the match day 22 - from the team that lost against the Reds in Bloemfontein last weekend for the first tour match against the Waratahs on Saturday.
Kick-off is at 10:40 SA time.
According to team sources, De Bruyn won the nod over Sarel Pretorius because of his kicking abilities, while the other two changes see Jongi Nokwe return from a calf strain and Hennie Daniller from a kidney injury at wing and fullback respectively.
Nokwe replaces Bjorn Basson, who replaced him at the last minute before the Reds game, while Daniller comes in for Riaan Viljoen who drops to the bench. Basson is not on tour with the Cheetahs due to “personal reasons”.
Barend Pieterse will continue at blindside flank after Juan Smith stayed home to be with his critically ill father.
On the bench last year’s Springbok surprise selection, Davon Raubenheimer, comes in and looks set to get his first taste of Super 14 action this year while Rayno Barnes replaces Skipper Badenhorst on the bench.
15. Kurtley Beale, 14. Lachlan Turner, 13. Rob Horne, 12. Berrick Barnes, 11. Drew Mitchell, 10. Daniel Halangahu, 9. Luke Burgess, 8. Ben Mowen, 7. Chris Alcock, 6. Dave Dennis, 5. Kane Douglas, 4. Dean Mumm (captain), 3. Al Baxter, 2. Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1. Benn Robinson
Substitutes: 16. Damian Fitzpatrick, 17. Sekope Kepu, 18. William Caldwell, 19. Locky McCaffrey, 20. Joshua Holmes, 21. Tom Carter, 22. Sosene Anesi
15. Hennie Daniller, 14. Danwel Demas, 13. Robert Ebersohn, 12. Meyer Bosman, 11. Jongi Nokwe, 10. Naas Olivier, 9. Tewis de Bruyn, 8. Ashley Johnson, 7. Barend Pieterse, 6. Hendro Scholtz, 5. Walti Vermeulen, 4. Nico Breedt, 3. WP Nel, 2. Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1. Wian du Preez
Substitutes: 16. Ryno Barnes, 17. Coenie Oosthuizen, 18. Davon Raubenheimer, 19. Kabamba Floors, 20. Sarel Pretorius, 21. Corné Uys, 22. Riaan Viljoen