Read back for Cheetahs clash
Cape Town - Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder has named his team to play the Cheetahs at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
According to the Crusaders' official website
, the coach has stuck with largely the same 23 players who beat the Lions in Johannesburg last week.
The only player who was not involved last week is Kieran Read, who returns to captain the side having recovered from a head knock two weeks ago. He replaces Luke Whitelock who has returned to New Zealand with a knee injury.
There are also some rotations between starting positions and the bench - Corey Flynn will start at hooker this weekend with Ben Funnell moving to the reserves.
Nepo Laulala comes into the tighthead prop position while Owen Franks takes a spot on the bench.
Scrumhalves Willi Heinz and Andy Ellis have swapped with Heinz to wear the No 9 jersey.
Saturday's clash kicks off at 17:05.Teams:Cheetahs:
15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Rayno Benjamin, 11 Hennie Daniller, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Sarel Pretorius
, 8 Jean Cook, 7 Pieter Labuschagné, 6 Johannes Prinsloo, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lodewyk de Jager, 3 Nicolaas van Dyk, 2 Adriaan Strauss
(captain), 1 Trevor Nyakane
Substitutes: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Rossouw de Klerk, 19 Andries Ferreira, 20 Teboho Mohoje, 21 Shaun Venter, 22 Elgar Watts, 23 Howard MnisiCrusaders:
15 Israel Dagg, 14 Johnny McNicholl, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Willi Heinz, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Matt Todd, 6 George Whitelock, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett
Substitutes: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Daniel Lienert-Brown, 18 Owen Franks, 19 Jimmy Tupou, 20 Jordan Taufua, 21 Andy Ellis, 22 Tyler Bleyendaal, 23 Tom Taylor