Cheetahs make wholesale changes

Cheetahs head coach Franco Smith names a new front row in a side that sees a number of changes set to face the Kings in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

Charles Marais, Torsten van Jaarsveld and Maks van Dyk pack down in the front row in place of Luan de Bruin, hooker Elandre Huggett and loosehead prop Ox Nche.

Captain Francois Venter shifts from outside centre to the number 12 jersey and pairs up with Michael van der Spuy in the midfield, the latter replaces Nico Lee who is named amongst the replacements.

Scrum-halves Shaun Venter and Tian Meyer swop places as the former is named in the starting XV.

Oupa Mohoje is the only surviving loose forward from last week's side that lost 21-6 to the Waratahs in Sydney, the Springbok pairs up with number eight Uzair Cassiem and flank Paul Schoeman as the loose trio combination.

Lood de Jager and Francois Uys form the lock duo with Carl Wegner making way for the out of form de Jager.

Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Michael van der Spuy, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Uzair Cassiem, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lood de Jager, 3 Maks van Dyk, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Charles Marais
Replacements: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Ox Nche, 18 Luan de Bruin, 19 Henco Venter, 20 Carl Wegner, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Niel Marais, 23 Nico Lee

Date: Saturday, May 14
Venue: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Kick-off: 17:05 local (15:05 GMT)
Referee: Federico Anselmi
Assistant Referees: Stuart Berry, AJ Jacobs
TMO: Johan Greeff