Bloemfontein - The Cheetahs have surprised by including midfielder Corné Uys at wing for their Super 14 game against the Western Force in Bloemfontein.
With Springbok wing Jongi Nokwe out with a broken jaw, coach Naka Drotske has had to find a replacement and despite some good young talent in the region, came up with Uys’s name on the wing in the team named for the clash.
Uys is more known as a midfielder, but has played on the wing for Western Province and the Stormers in the past. However, his defensive qualities will be more on show than the turn of speed the Cheetahs are used to on the outside.
In choosing him in the position, Drotske left out Springbok Sevens flyer Danwell Demas, whose defence has been suspect this season but who is more of a specialist in the position.
Robert Ebersohn put up a good showing in the victory over the Blues and retains the No 13 jersey, while Sevens Springbok Phillip van der Walt gets his first start in the competition at No 8 after Frans Viljoen was forced out again with a broken arm.
Ashley Johnson has been left to play in the Vodacom Cup final while Kabamba Floors is still on suspension and Davon Raubenheimer has a shoulder niggle and will start off the bench.
15. Hennie Daniller, 14. Bjorn Basson, 13. Robert Ebersohn, 12. Meyer Bosman, 11. Corné Uys, 10. Naas Olivier, 9. Sarel Pretorius, 8. Philip van der Walt, 7. Juan Smith (captain), 6. Hendro Scholtz, 5. Barend Pieterse, 4. Izak van der Westhuizen, 3. WP Nel, 2. Skipper Badenhorst, 1. Wian du Preez
Substitutes: 16. Ryno Barnes, 17. Coenie Oosthuizen, 18. Waltie Vermeulen, 19. Davon Raubenheimer, 20. Marnus Hugo, 21. Danwel Demas, 22. Riaan Viljoen
15. James O’Connor, 14. Nick Cummins, 13. Mitch Inman, 12. Ryan Cross, 11. Cameron Shepherd, 10. David Hill, 9. Justin Turner, 8. Richard Brown, 7. David Pocock, 6. Matt Hodgson, 5. Nathan Sharpe (captain), 4. Tom Hockings, 3. Tim Fairbrother, 2. Nathan Charles, 1. Nick Henderson
Substitutes: 16. Ben Whittaker, 17. Matt Dunning, 18. Sam Wykes, 19. Ben McCalman, 20. Chris O’Young, 21. Sam Harris, 22. Mark Bartholomeusz