Cheetahs tweak pack for Stormers

Naka Drotske has made three changes among his forwards for the Cheetahs’ pre-season match against the Stormers on Saturday.

Head coach Drotske has named a similar side that beat the Southern Kings (made up of just Border and SWD players) 33-20 last weekend after resting the bulk of his first-choice players during the Cheetahs’ 38-7 win over the Griffons in Welkom on Tuesday.

There are only three changes to the starting line-up that ran out in East London. No 8 Ashley Johnson drops to the bench as flanker Philip van der Walt is promoted. This sees Davon Raubenheimer shifted to eighthman. Lock Andries Ferreira starts ahead of Francois Uys while tighthead prop WP Nel takes the place of Trevor Nyakane in the front row.

The backline remains the same, which means 20-year-old flyhalf Johan Goosen retains the No 10 jersey ahead of Sias Ebersohn.

Cheetahs – 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Dusty Noble, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Rocco Jansen, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Davon Raubenheimer, 7 Philip van der Walt, 6 Heinrich Brussow, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 WP Nel, 2 Adriaan Strauss (c), 1 Marcel van der Merwe.
Subs: 16 Lourens Adriaanse, 17 Ryno Barnes, 18 George Earle, 19 Ashley Johnson, 20 Marnus Hugo, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Willie le Roux, 23 Philip Snyman, 24 Ryno Benjamin, 25 Francois Uys.