Willem de Waal has been dropped from the Cheetahs match 22 to play the Sharks in Durban on Saturday. Meyer Bosman will wear the No 10 jersey.
Former Bok fullback Gaffie du Toit starts on the right wing, with Giscard Pieters wearing jersey 11.
“I believe Meyer is the right man for Saturday’s game,” coach Rassie Erasmus told keo.co.za. “Gaffie can move to flyhalf if Meyer is injured during the match, so there was no need to include Willem in the squad.”
Erasmus has also made changes to the front row with Os du Randt, Tiaan Liebenberg and CJ van der Linde packing down against the Sharks, and Wiaan du Preez and Ollie le Roux on the bench.
With Samoan Trevor Leota not available due to injury, Le Roux will also provide cover at hooker.
Cheetahs team to play Sharks:
15 Bevin Fortuin, 14 Gaffie du Toit, 13 Ronnie Cooke, 12 Barry Goodes, 11 Giscard Pieters, 10 Meyer Bosman, 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Ryno van der Merwe, 7 Juan Smith (c), 6 Kabamba Floors, 5 Barend Pieterse, 4 Corniel van Zyl, 3 CJ van der Linde, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Os du Randt.
Subs: 16 Ollie le Roux, 17 Wiaan du Preez, 18 Frans Viljoen, 19 Gareth Krause, 20 Noel Oelschig, 21 Sinethemba Zweni, 22 Eddie Fredericks.