Barry Geel will start at No 12 while Justin Downey is preferred at No 8 for what should be a bruising clash against the Stormers.
Downey replaces Ashley Johnson at the back of the scrum, with the Springbok moving to the bench. Coach Naka Drotské has opted for WP Nel at tighthead and favoured Nico Scheepers and Cameron Jacobs on the wings.
Lock Andries Ferreira is struggling with a shoulder injury and will face a late fitness test on Thursday. If he fails to recover, George Earle will start in Saturday’s match.
Cheetahs – 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Nico Scheepers, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Barry Geel, 11 Cameron Jacobs, 10 Riaan Smit, 9 Pieter van Zyl, 8 Justin Downey, 7 Lappies Labuschagné, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Andries Ferreira/George Earle, 3 WP Nel, 2 Adriaan Strauss (c), 1 Trevor Nyakane.
Subs: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 Marcel van der Merwe, 18 George Earle/Waltie Vermeulen, 19 Ashley Johnson, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Philip Snyman.