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Cheetahs v Stormers: Teams

At Free State Stadium, Saturday 7 July, KO: 15.00 (13.00 GMT)

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The Cheetahs have made three changes ahead of Saturday's clash with South African conference leaders the Stormers in Bloemfontein.

Justin Downey comes into the starting XV at number eight ahead of Ashley Johnson, who goes back to his role as an impact player off the bench.

In the three-quarters, Cameron Jacobs is preferrred to Rocco Jansen on the left wing, while Barry Geel gets a rare opportunity to start in place of Andries Strauss at centre.

Big guns back

The Stormers are boosted by the return of several first-choice players for the derby clash at Free State Stadium.

Steven Kitshoff returns from a week's rest, after the Junior World Championships, to partner last week's man of the match Deon Fourie and Frans Malherbe in the front-row. Brok Harris is forced out of the matchday 22 with a broken nose and Deon Carstens and Tiaan Liebenberg act as cover.

For the second weekend running Eben Etzebeth is not considered due to an ankle injury leaving De Kock Steenkamp and Andries Bekker to form the second row.

Siya Kolisi moves to six and is joined in the back row by Rynhardt Elstadt at seven, who returns from suspension, and Canadian international Jebb Sinclair at eight.

Tyrone Holmes, who had a first start last week, falls out of the matchday 22, with Don Armand providing cover in jersey nineteen.

Joe Pietersen and Bryan Habana, who were both withdrawn with flu last week, return to make up a back three of Pietersen (15), Gio Aplon (14) and Habana (11).

Cheetahs: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Philip Snyman, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Barry Geel, 11 Cameron Jacobs, 10 Riaan Smit, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Justin Downey, 7 Pieter Labuschagne, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Andries Ferreira/George Earle, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Trevor Nyakane
Replacements: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 WP Nel, 18 George Earle/Waltie Vermeulen, 19 Ashley Johnson, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Nico Scheepers

Stormers: 15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers (capt), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Jebb Sinclair, 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 De Kock Steenkamp, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 Steven Kitshoff
Replacements: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 Deon Carstens, 18 Quinn Roux, 19 Don Armand, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Burton Francis, 22 Gerhard van den Heever

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