Andries Strauss has served his two-week suspension and will start for the Cheetahs against the Rebels on Sunday.
The inside centre was banned after his dangerous tackle on Lions lock Wikus van Heerden during the Cheetahs’ 27-25 opening round defeat in Johannesburg. Head coach Naka Drotské has confirmed to keo.co.za that he will pick Strauss in the No 12 jersey for the clash in Melbourne.
Another change will see Davon Raubenheimer promoted to the starting line-up after being dropped to the bench against the Brumbies last weekend. Raubenheimer will start at blindside flank, with Philip van der Walt shifting to No 8. This sees Ashley Johnson relegated to the reserves.
Meanwhile, Drotské confirmed that he had a chat with referee Keith Brown and Sanzar head of referees Lyndon Bray after the Cheetahs’ 24-23 defeat to the Brumbies in Canberra. The Cheetahs were heavily penalised at the death by Brown, which saw inside centre Christian Lealiifano kick the hosts to a late win with two three-pointers in the last five minutes of the match.
‘I’ve had a chat with Keith and Lyndon, and we will move on from the incident,’ Drotské told this website. ‘We made crucial errors late in the match, which cost us the win. We have done our video reviews and will learn from that experience.’
Cheetahs – 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Cameron Jacobs, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Willie le Roux, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Tewis de Bruyn, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Davon Raubenheimer, 6 Heinrich Brussow, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 George Earle, 3 WP Nel, 2 Adriaan Strauss (c), 1 Coenie Oosthuizen.
Subs: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Justin Downey, 19 Ashley Johnson, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Rayno Benjamin.
By Gareth Duncan