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Southern Kings have made two changes to their line-up ahead of Saturday's Super Rugby encounter with the Cheetahs in Port Elizabeth.
Experienced centre Andries Strauss has recovered from a shoulder injury to take his place in the starting line-up at No 12 after missing the past two weeks.
The only other change to Alan Solomons' starting XV sees SP Marais come in at full-back to replace George Whitehead, who drops to the bench.
Flanker Jacques Engelbrecht is back from an ankle injury to take his place on the bench in place of Devin Oosthuizen while the only other switch sees Rynier Bernardo included amongst the replacements.
Meanwhile Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske has made just one change to the side which beat the Reds 27-13 last weekend.
The switch sees winger Raymond Rhule demoted to the bench with Ryno Benjamin promoted to the starting line-up.
Benjamin will start on the right wing with Willie le Roux changing to their left hand side as Drotske's Cheetahs look for back-to-back wins.
Victory could see the Cheetahs strengthen their play-off ambitions and leapfrog the Crusaders who lost to league leaders Chiefs on Friday.
Southern Kings: 15 SP Marais, 14 Marcello Sampson, 13 Ronnie Cooke, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Siyanda Grey, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Cornell du Preez, 7 Luke Watson (capt), 6 David Bulbring, 5 Steven Sykes, 4 Wimpie van der Walt, 3 Kevin Buys, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 Schalk Ferreira.
Replacements: 16 Virgile Lacombe, 17 Grant Kemp, 18 Rynier Bernardo, 19 Jacques Engelbrecht, 20 Nicolas Vergallo, 21 Shane Gates, 22 George Whitehead.
Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller 14 Ryno Benjamin, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 Willie le Roux, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Lappies Labuschagne, 6 Heinrich Brussow, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lodewyk de Jager, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Adriaan Strauss (capt), 1 Coenie Oosthuizen.
Replacements:16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Ligtoring Landman, 19 Boom Prinsloo, 20 Sarel Pretorius, 21 Smit Riaan, 22 Raymond Rhule.
What they said...
Southern Kings head coach Alan Solomons
"This will really be a fantastic challenge for us and a real opportunity, although we know how well the Cheetahs are doing, being second in the SA conference and seventh overall."
Cheetahs captain Adriaan Strauss
"I think we have done really well the last couple of weeks in the scrums and lineouts.
"We will have to take the Kings on up front and are looking forward to the challenge."
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|08:40||Brumbies vs Western Force|
|Saturday 7th March|
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|08:40||Reds vs Waratahs|
|15:05||Cheetahs vs Bulls|
|17:10||Stormers vs Sharks|
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|13:00||Stormers vs Chiefs|
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|06:35||Highlanders vs Hurricanes|
|08:40||Melbourne Rebels vs Lions|
|Saturday 21st March|
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|Bulls 43 - 35 Sharks|
|Melbourne Rebels 15 - 20 Brumbies|
|Chiefs 40 - 16 Crusaders|
|Friday 27th February|
|Cheetahs 25 - 24 Blues|
|Western Force 13 - 42 Hurricanes|
|Highlanders 20 - 13 Reds|
|Saturday 21st February|
|Sharks 29 - 12 Lions|
|Stormers 27 - 16 Blues|
|Reds 18 - 6 Western Force|
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|Bulls 13 - 17 Hurricanes|
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|Sharks 29 - 35 Cheetahs|
|Blues 18 - 23 Chiefs|
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|Lions 8 - 22 Hurricanes|
|Brumbies 47 - 3 Reds|
|Crusaders 10 - 20 Melbourne Rebels|
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