Milestone match for Masixole Banda in PRO14 derby

The lone game in the PRO14 this week comes from Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth where the struggling Southern Kings take on the Cheetahs in a South African derby on Saturday.

Both these sides come into the game on the back of defeats last time out in what has been a difficult few months due to a lack of fixtures.

It will be a special occasion for Southern Kings full-back Masixole Banda, who is set to make his 50th appearance for the team this week.

He is joined in the back three by Erich Cronje and Yaw Penxe while John-Thomas Jackson and Sibusiso Sithole are the midfield pairing.

In the absence of centre Howard Mnisi, scrum-half Stefan Ungerer will lead the Kings and is joined in the half-backs by Bader Pretorius.

Meanwhile, the Cheetahs have named Joseph Dweba at hooker as he takes over from Wilmar Arnoldi, who moves to the replacements.

Gerhard Olivier is number eight while Tian Schoeman returns to 10. The wings are lethal duo Anthony Volmink and Clayton Blommetjies.

The two sides have had six previous PRO14 encounters, with the Cheetahs victorious on each occasion and will fancy their chances again.

The teams:

Southern Kings: 15 Masixole Banda, 14 Yaw Penxe, 13 Sibusiso Sithole, 12 John-Thomas Jackson, 11 Erich Cronje, 10 Bader Pretorius, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Elrigh Louw, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 Ruaan Lerm, 5 Aston Fortuin, 4 Jerry Sexton, 3 Rossouw de Klerk, 2 Jacques du Toit, 1 Schalk Ferreira Replacements: 16 Alandre van Rooyen, 17 Xandre Vos, 18 Ignatius Prinsloo, 19 Bobby de Wee, 20 Lusanda Badiyana, 21 Theo Maree, 22 Courtney Winnaar, 23 Andell Loubser

Cheetahs: 15 Rhyno Smith, 14 Clayton Blommetjies, 13 William Small-Smith, 12 Benhard Janse van Rensburg, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Tian Meyer (c), 8 Gerhard Olivier, 7 Junior Pokomela, 6 Chris Massyn, 5 Walt Steenkamp, 4 Sintu Manjezi, 3 Aranos Coetzee, 2 Joseph Dweba, 1 Boan Venter Replacements: 16 Wilmar Arnoldi, 17 Erich de Jager, 18 Luan de Bruin, 19 JP du Preez, 20 Aidon Davis, 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22 George Whitehead, 23 Chris Smit

Venue: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium Kick-off: 15:30 local (13:30 GMT) Referee: Stuart Berry (South Africa) Assistant referees: Divan Uys (South Africa), Quinton Immelman (South Africa) Television match official: Johann Greeff (South Africa)