The Cheetahs have made one change to their team that returns to Super Rugby action this week, as Frans Viljoen starts in the back-row.
The Cheetahs have made one change to their line-up that returns to Super Rugby action this Friday, with Frans Viljoen starting at blindside flanker.
Head coach Naka DrotskÃ© has chosen Viljoen to replace the injured Lappies LabuschagnÃ© and he will form a back-row trio with Phillip van der Walt and Heinrich Brussow against the Hurricanes.
There is also one alteration to the bench this week as Sarel Pretorius returns, taking the place of Tewis de Bruyn in jersey number 20.
The Cheetahs enjoyed a bye last week and now find themselves second in the South African conference, just two points behind the Bulls.
“We don't have the luxury of a rotation policy because we don't have as much depth as some of the bigger unions,” coach DrotskÃ© said.
“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.”
Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Willie le Roux, 13 Johan Sadie, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Burton Francis, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Phillip van der Walt, 7 Frans Viljoen, 6 Heinrich Brussow, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lodewyk de Jager, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Adriaan Strauss (capt), 1 Coenie Oosthuisen.
Replacements: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Landman Ligtoring, 19 Boom Prinsloo, 20 Sarel Pretorius, 21 Elgar Watts, 22 Ryno Benjamin.
Date: Friday, May 10
Kick-off: 19:10 local (18:10 BST, 17:10 GMT)
Venue: Free State Stadium
Referee: Stuart Berry
Assistant Referees: Lourens van der Merwe and Francois de Bruin
TMO: Gerrie Coetzee