Venter starts for Cheetahs

Date published: May 5 2016

Cheetahs head coach Franco Smith has made a handful of changes to his starting line-up that will face the Waratahs in Sydney on Saturday.

Up front Ox Nche, Elandre Huggett, Luan de Bruin, Francois Uys, Willie Britz and Oupa Mohoje are all included, with Torsten van Jaarsveld, Charles Marais, Maks van Dyk, Lodewyk de Jager and Uzair Cassiem named on the bench after a tough workload over recent Super Rugby rounds.

Tian Meyer and Shaun Venter switch places at scrum-half with Venter on the bench as the Cheetahs look to respond from successive losses.

Meanwhile, captain Francois Venter is back at inside centre after being withdrawn from the fixture against the Reds due to a calf injury.

Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Nico Lee, 12 Francois Venter (c), 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Henco Venter, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Willie Britz, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Luan de Bruin, 2 Elandre Huggett, 1 Ox Nche
Replacements: 16 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Maks van Dyk, 19 Lodewyk de Jager, 20 Uzair Cassiem, 21 Shaun Venter, 22 Niel Marais, 23 Michael van der Spuy

Date: Saturday, May 7
Venue: Allianz Stadium
Kick-off: 19:45 local (09:45 GMT)
Referee: Nic Berry
Assistant Referees: Andrew Lees, Graham Cooper
TMO: George Ayoub