Rassie Erasmus has made three changes to his pack for Saturday’s vital Vodacom Super 14 match against the Hurricanes.
Lions lock Cobus Grobler gets his first start for his adopted franchise, Jannie du Plessis comes in for CJ van der Linde at tighthead prop, while Kabamba Floors returns to the side of the scrum with Gareth Krause falling out of the 22.
Erasmus has resisted the urge to rotate players in the backline with Meyer Bosman keeping the No 10 jersey.
The Cheetahs have lost both their home matches this season, to the Bulls and Highlanders, and are desperate to end that losing streak against a Hurricanes team that is currently topping the log with maximum points from their three matches.
Cheetahs team to play Hurricanes:
15 Bevin Fortuin, 14 Giscard Pieters, 13 Ronnie Cooke, 12 Barry Goodes, 11 Gaffie du Toit, 10 Meyer Bosman, 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Ryno van der Merwe, 7 Juan Smith (c), 6 Kabamba Floors, 5 Cobus Grobler, 4 Barend Pieterse, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Os du Randt.
Subs: 16 Ollie le Roux, 17 CJ van der Linde, 18 Ockie van Zyl, 19 Frans Viljoen, 20 Noel Oelschig, 21 Sinethemba Zweni, 22 Eddie Fredericks.