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Bekhuis back for Highlanders
Johannesburg - The Highlanders will bring out close to their strongest team to face the Cheetahs on Friday, with only one change to the team that beat the Brumbies last weekend.
Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph has kept faith with the team, bringing back lock Josh Bekhuis for Tom Donnelly in a straight swop from the bench.
On the reserves David Te Moana comes in for Halani Aulika with Robbie Robinson also back on the bench for a second half appearance after injury.
The Cheetahs have been ravaged by injury but will be hoping they can end off their tour on a high note.
15 Ben Smith, 14 Kade Poki, 13 Kendrick Lynn, 12 Shaun Treeby, 11 Siale Piutau, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Jimmy Cowan, 8 Nasi Manu, 7 Alando Soakai, 6 Adam Thomson, 5 Josh Bekhuis, 4 Jarrad Hoeata, 3 Chris King, 2 Jason Rutledge, 1 Jamie Mackintosh (captain)
Substitutes: 16 Mo Schwalger, 17 David Te Moana, 18 Tom Donnelly, 19 Nick Crosswell, 20 Aaron Smith, 21 Robbie Robinson, 22 James Paterson
15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Philip Burger, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Corné Uys, 11 Wilmaure Louw, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Ashley Johnson, 7 Davon Raubenheimer, 6 Kabamba Floors, 5 Wilhelm Steenkamp (captain), 4 Francois Uys, 3 WP Nel, 2 Ryno Barnes, 1 Coenie Oosthuizen
Substitutes: 16 Skipper Badenhorst, 17 Lourens Adriaanse, 18 Martin Muller, 19 Leon Karemaker, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Naas Olivier, 22 Riaan Smit