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Cheetahs make changes for Blues match 

BLOEMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 11: Jumpei Ogura of Sunwolves in action during the Super Rugby match between Toyota Cheetahs and Sunwolves at Toyota Stadium on March 11, 2017 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. (Photo by Frikkie Kapp/Getty Images for Sunwolves)

Cheetahs head coach Franco Smith has named his team for their first Super Rugby match on tour which is against the Blues in Auckland on Friday.

The Cheetahs were beaten at the death by the Highlanders last week and Smith has made a number of changes for this week.


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Charles Marais and Ox Nche swap places, with Marais starting as loosehead prop and Nche providing cover on the bench.
Paul Schoeman has been side-lined due to an injury while Niell Jordaan will be wearing the number six jersey.
Clinton Swart comes on to the replacements bench.

Cheetahs 

Charles Marias, Torsten van Jaarsveld, Tom Botha, Carl Wegner, Francois Uys, Niell Jordaan, Oupa Mohoje, Henco Venter, Tian Meyer, Fred Zeilinga, Raymond Rhule, William Small-Smith, Francois Venter (c ), Sergeal Petersen, Clayton Blommetjies

Replacements : Elandré Huggett Ox Nche, Johan Coetzee, Armandt Koster, Uzair Cassiem, Shaun Venter, Niel Marais, Clinton Swart

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