Andre Swanepoel will lead a weakened Leopards line-up in their match against the Cheetahs in Potchefstroom on Friday.
With regular captain Wilhelm Koch out with a fractured toe, as well as wing Jan van Zyl (ankle), scrumhalf Michael Bondesio (concussion), and hooker Pellow van der Westhuizen (back), Swanepoel’s job will be made even tougher.
Flank Bennie Adams replaces Koch, Danie Dames comes in for Van Zyl, Theo van Wyk fills in for Bondesio and regular tighthead Philip Lemmer also has to cover hooker off the bench.
Leopards – 15 Russell Jeacocks; 14 Jovan Bowles, 13 Deon van Rensburg, 12 Berndt Theissinger, 11 Danie Dames; 10 Clayton Durand, 9 Theo van Wyk; 8 RW Kember, 7 Bennie Adams, 6 André Swanepoel (c), 5 Draad Linde, 4 Rudi Mathee, 3 Os van der Walt, 2 Gavin Williamson, 1 Divan Kotze.
Subs: 16 Philip Lemmer, 17 Nardus Lombard, 18 Anthonie Gronum, 19 Ligtoring Landman, 20 Jean Tiedt, 21 Bom Samaai, 22 Basil de Doncker.