Naka backs Van Zyl at 9

Scrumhalf Piet van Zyl has been preferred to Tewis de Bruyn for the Cheetahs’ important match against the Stormers this Saturday.

De Bruyn started at No 9 last week but has been replaced by Van Zyl for this particular match. The more experienced player has been included on the bench, but it is Van Zyl’s running game that has been preferred first up.

Coach Naka Drotské hasn’t made any other changes to the match 22 that faced the Force last week.

Meanwhile, Boland flyhalf Elgar Watts is training with the side in Bloemfontein and will come into the squad if one of Sias Ebersohn or Riaan Smit are injured.

Cheetahs – 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Cameron Jacobs, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Willie le Roux, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Justin Downey, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 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 Andries Ferreira, 19 Ashley Johnson, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Riaan Smit, 22 Philip Snyman