Flyhalf Johan Goosen will make his comeback from injury in the Free State Cheetahs’ Currie Cup match against Griquas on Friday.
Goosen suffered a serious shoulder injury midway during the Cheetahs’ Super Rugby season. He was only expected back during September, but will feature this weekend in Kimberley. The 20-year-old replaces Sias Ebersohn in the No 10 jersey.
There is one more change to the starting line-up as Rayno Benjamin comes in for Riaan Smit, who’s out with a dislocated shoulder. Smit and scrumhalf Piet van Zyl (broken collarbone) are out for the rest of the Currie Cup campaign.
Cheetahs – 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Rayno Benjamin, 13 Robert Ebersohn (c), 12 Barry Geel, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Kabamba Floors, 7 Lappies Labuschagne, 6 Frans Viljoen, 5 Andries Ferreira, 4 Izak van der Westhuizen, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Hercu Liebenberg, 1 Trevor Nyakane.
Subs: 16 Elandre Huggett, 17 Schalk van der Merwe, 18 Francois Uys, 19 Davon Raubenheimer, 20 Tewis du Bruyn, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Nico Scheepers.