Cheetahs shake up pack for Brumbies
Cape Town - Cheetahs coach Franco Smith has named his team for their Super Rugby clash against the Brumbies in Bloemfontein on Saturday (15:05 kick-off).
Smith has several changes to the team that went down 39-22 to the Lions in Johannesburg last weekend.
Up front, Ox Nche, Johan Coetzee, Francois Uys and Boom Prinsloo are included in the starting line-up, with Charles Marais, Maks van Dyk, Carl Wegner and Henco Venter doing duty on the bench.
Paul Schoeman also moves to No 8, sending Henco Venter to the bench and Boom Prinsloo starting in the No 6 jersey.
In the backline, Joubert Engelbrecht will be making his Super Rugby debut, replacing William Small-Smith at inside centre.
Small-Smith is sidelined with a toe fracture.
15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Joubert Engelbrecht, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Niel Marais, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Paul Schoeman, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Boom Prinsloo, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lood de Jager, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Ox Nche
Substitutes: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Maks van Dyk, 19 Carl Wegner, 20 Hilton Lobberts, 21 Henco Venter, 22 Tian Meyer, 23 Fred Zeilinga
15 Aidan Toua, 14 Joe Tomane, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Robbie Coleman, 10 Christian Lealiifano (co-captain), 9 Tomás Cubelli, 8 Ita Vaea, 7 David Pocock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore (co-captain), 1 Scott Sio
Substitutes: 16 Robbie Abel, 17 Allan Alaalatoa, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Tom Staniforth, 20 Jordan Smiler, 21 Michael Dowsett, 22 James Dargaville, 23 Nigel Ah Wong