Cheetahs bolstered by returning Cassiem
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Springbok Uzair Cassiem has been named in the Cheetahs' matchday 23-man squad that will take on the Bulls in Pretoria on Saturday.
Cassiem has been sidelined for a month after he sustained a grade two knee ligament tear during the Cheetahs' first match against the Bulls on March 4.
The flank will replace Junior Pokomela on the bench.
While in the starting XV, Charles Marais replaces Retshegofaditswe Nche at loosehead prop, while Nche takes a seat on the bench.
Out on the wing, William Small-Smith will be wearing the number 14 jersey in the place of star wing Sergeal Petersen.
The regular right wing Petersen started last week against the Chiefs but has been sidelined due to an ongoing hamstring strain.
Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 William Small-Smith, 13 Francois Venter (captain), 12 Nico Lee, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Niel Marais, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Henco Venter, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Carl Wegner, 4 Armandt Koster, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Charles Marais.
Replacements: 16 Elandré Huggett, 17 Retshegofaditswe Nche, 18 Tom Botha, 19 Francois Uys, 20 Niell Jordaan, 21 Uzair Cassiem, 22 Tian Meyer, 23 Fred Zeilinga
Date: Saturday, April 22
Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kick-off: 17.15 (15.15 GMT)
Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Angus Gardner (Australia), AJ Jacobs (South Africa)
TMO: Willie Vos (South Africa)