Four changes for Cheetahs

Date published: May 21 2015

Cheetahs boss Naka Drotske has made four changes to his starting XV for Saturday's clash with the Lions in Bloemfontein.

Regular captain Francois Uys, who was a late withdrawal ahead of last weekend's defeat against the Highlanders, comes into the run-on side at lock with Steven Sykes dropping down to the bench.

The only other change to the pack sees Carel Greeff starting at openside flank in place of Tienie Burger, who misses out due to concussion. Henco Venter takes Greeff's spot on the bench as loose forward cover.

Amongst the backs, Cornal Hendricks and Raymond Rhule return to the starting line-up on the wings in place of Sergeal Petersen and Rayno Benjamin respectively.

Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Michael van der Spuy, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Boom Prinsloo, 6 Carel Greeff, 5 Francois Uys (c), 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Maks van Dyk, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Danie Minnie.
Replacements: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 BG Uys, 18 Ewald van der Westhuizen, 19 Steven Sykes, 20 Henco Venter, 21 Shaun Venter, 22 Coenie van Wyk, 23 Rayno Benjamin.

Date: Saturday, May 23
Venue: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Kick-off: 17:05 local (01:05 AEST, 03:05 NZST, 15:05 GMT)
Referee: Jaco van Heerden (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)
Television match official: Marius Jonker (South Africa)