– Lappies Labuschagne is rested on the bench.
– Frans Viljoen starts in place of Labuschagne.
– On the bench, Tewus de Bruyn replaces Sarel Pretorius.
“Lappies has been a crucial player, not only in our own lineouts, but also when it comes to contesting our opponents’ lineouts, He will be available next week, but for this game it is a big blow for us. I do think that the inclusion of Frans will benefit us against a side like the Hurricanes. His physical approach is what you need if you want to beat them.” Coach Naka Drotske said on Wednesday.
“We don’t have the luxury of a rotation policy because we don’t have as much depth as some of the bigger unions, The players that played the 10 games before the bye were basically the same players, and I could sense against the Kings that the guys were tired. But with regards to intensity there is no excuse not to come back with a bang against the Hurricanes. The next four games are crucial for us if we are to contest for a place in the knockout stages “He added.
Cheetahs vs Hurricanes, Bloemfontein, 19:10 CAT (18:10 BST)
Coenie Oosthuisen ,Adriaan Strauss (captain),Lourens Adriaanse, Lodewyk de Jager,Francois Uys,Heinrich Brussow, Frans Viljoen, Phillip van der Walt,Piet van Zyl, Burton Francis, Raymond Rhule, Robert Ebersohn,Johan Sadie, Willie le Roux, Hennie Daniller
Replacements: Ryno Barnes, Trevor Nyakane, Landman Ligtoring,Boom Prinsloo, Sarel Pretorius, Elgar Watts, Ryno Benjamin.