Fabian Juries replaces Cheetahs attacking weapon Jongi Nokwe while Danwel Demas is bizarrely set to retain his starting spot.
Nokwe has had preciously little game time since coming back from injury, and in a Cheetahs team that’s not firing, he’s had precious few opportunities. Naka Drotske’s decision to start Juries is justified, as the Springbok Sevens legend has been the one true spark for the Cheetahs on attack. But why Juries comes in at the expense of a Springbok winger makes no sense.
Demas possesses a big boot and a lot of speed, but he’s still not a patch on Nokwe. In a team short on quality, you’d expect Drotske to start every Bok available, and you’d expect the Cheetahs coach to build an attack around his most dangerous players. Juries should be starting, but so should Nokwe.
Drotske has shifted Wayne van Heerden to lock allowing Francois Uys to start on the blindside flank. The move sees Nico Breedt dropping to the bench.
Bees Roux has recovered from an ankle injury and will start against the Highlanders at tighthead while Kobus Calldo has also been cleared and will sit amongst the reserves.
Cheetahs – Hennie Daniller; Danwel Demas, Corné Uys, Meyer Bosman, Fabian Juries; Jacques-Louis Potgieter, Tewis de Bruyn; Hendro Scholtz (c), Francois Uys, Heinrich Brüssow, David de Villiers, Wayne van Heerden, Bees Roux, Adriaan Strauss, Wian du Preez.
Subs: Richardt Strauss, Kobus Calldo, Nico Breedt, Kabamba Floors, Sarel Pretorius, Piet van Zyl, Hanno Coetzee.