Toyota Cheetahs coach Naka Drotskè moved Tewis de Bruyn into flyhalf for his side’s Absa Currie Cup clash with defending champions, the MTN Golden Lions, on Saturday.
De Bruyn has played as a pivot at this level before, but few expected him to start as a flyhalf with Sias Ebersohn being demoted to the bench.
Francois Uys is back after serving a suspension and will start at lock, with Andries Ferreira out injured.
Robert Ebersohn retains the captaincy for the Bloemfontein clash.
The Toyota Free Sate Cheetahs side is:
15. Hennie Daniller, 14. Nico Scheepers, 13. Robert Ebersohn (Captain, 12. Andries Strauss, 11. Raymond Rhule, 10. Tewis du Bruyn, 9. Sarel Pretorius, 8. Hendro Scholtz, 7. Lappies Labuschagne, 6. Heinrich Brussow, 5. Izak van der Westhuizen (Vice Captain), 4. Francois Uys, 3. Marcel van der Merwe, 2. Hercu Liebenberg, 1. Schalk van der Merwe. Replacements: 16. Elandré Huggett, 17. Ross Geldenhuys, 18. Carl Wegner, 19. Davon Raubenheimer, 20. Sias Ebersohn, 21. Phillip Snyman, 22. Rayno Benjamin.