JOHANNESBURG – The Cheetahs have made four changes to their starting team to face the Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth on Friday, in what will be both teams' final Super Rugby match for the foreseeable future.
Carl Wegner will be replace Armand Koster at lock, while the latter shifts to the bench.
Uzair Cassiem moves to openside flank while Oupa Mohoje is back in the starting line-up at blindside flank. Henco Venter received a red card against the Stormers and was suspended.
Fred Zeilinga will be starting at flyhalf with Niel Marais on the bench. William Small-Smith will be starting on the right wing, replacing the injured Sergeal Petersen.
On the bench, Junior Pokomela has been included in the match 23.
“For us it was about pride from day one and nothing has changed. We’ve treated every game as if it was the most important of the season,” said Cheetahs coach Franco Smith.
Cheetahs team: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 William Small-Smith, 13 Francois Venter (captain), 12 Clinton Swart, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Niell Jordaan, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Uzair Cassiem, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Elandre Huggett, 1 Ox Nche. Replacements: 16 Joseph Dweba, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Tom Botha, 19 Armandt Koster, 20 Junior Pokomela, 21 Chris Dry, 22 Ruan van Rensburg, 23 Niel Marais.