Springbok wing Cornal Hendricks will start for the Cheetahs against the Blues in their second Super Rugby match of the season in Bloemfontein on Friday.
Hendricks replaces Clayton Blommetjies in the backline while upfront in the only other change to the starting XV, Carl Wegner takes over in the second row from the injured Lood de Jager.
Johann Sadie, back from club duty in Japan, is on the Toyota Cheetahs’ bench, next to Tienie Burger, who is in line for a Super Rugby debut.
Cheetahs: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Michael van der Spuy, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Joe Pietersen, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Jean Cook, 5 Francois Uys (c), 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Danie Minnie
Replacements: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 BG Uys, 18 Maks van Dyk, 19 Tienie Burger, 20 Boom Prinsloo, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Willie du Plessis, 23 Johann Sadie.
Date: Friday, February 27
Venue: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Kick-off: 19:10 local (17:10 GMT)
Referee: Rohan Hoffmann (Australia)
Assistant Referees: Andrew Lees (Australia), Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)
TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)