Cheetahs change seven for Hurricanes

Cheetahs head coach Franco Smith has made seven changes to his starting line-up for Saturday’s clash with the Hurricanes in Wellington.

In the back-line, there are two changes to the run-on side which lost to the Blues in Auckland last weekend.

Clinton Swart comes in at inside centre to replace the injured William Small-Smith while Shaun Venter comes in for Tian Meyer at scrum-half.

In the forwards, Uzair Cassiem is preferred to Niel Jordaan on the openside flank and Armandt Koster takes over from Francois Uys in the second row.

Smith has also picked a brand new front row with Ox Nché, Johan Coetze and Elandré Huggett replacing Charles Marais, Tom Botha and Torsten van Jaarsveld as the starting props and hooker respectively.

Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter (c), 12 Clinton Swart, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Henco Venter, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Uzair Cassiem, 5 Carl Wegner, 4 Armandt Koster, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Elandré Huggett, 1 Ox Nché
Replacements: 16 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Tom Botha, 19 Francois Uys, 20 Niell Jordaan, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Niel Marais, 23 Ruan van Rensburg

Date: Saturday, May 20
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Kick-off: 19:35 local (07:35 GMT)

Referee: Nic Berry

Assistant Referees: Will Houston, Ben O’Keeffe
TMO: Ben Skeen

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