Another clash of round 1 losing teams sees the Cheetahs visit Perth.
The Force has only won 7 home games in 3 years of super rugby. The Cheetahs will hope to capitalize on this lack of home success combined with the obvious internal problems in Perth. Ryan Cross’ tantrum at being substituted last week has made it clear that their internal problems are all but resolved.
The Cheetahs themselves have only 3 away wins in 3 years of super rugby and have never managed a win over these opponents. A win could be just what the doctor ordered to get some sort of semblance of a smile in the Western Force camp.
More a question of who will lose this one, than who will win it really.
Venue: Subiaco Oval, Perth
Kick-off: 19.45 Local Time, 12:45 SA Time
Referee: James Leckie (Australia)
ARs: Paul Marks (Australia), Julian Pritchard (Australia)
TMO: Geoff Acton (Australia)
15 Cameron Shepherd, 14 Nick Cummins, 13 Ryan Cross, 12 James O’Connor, 11 Drew Mitchell, 10 Matt Giteau, 9 Josh Valentine, 8 Richard Brown, 7 David Pocock, 6 Tamaiti Horua, 5 Nathan Sharpe, 4 Pat O’Connor, 3 Ben Castle, 2 Tai McIsaac, 1 Gareth Hardy.
16 Luke Holmes, 17 Kieran Longbottom, 18 Tom Hockings, 19 Matt Hodgson, 20 Chris O’Young, 21 Josh Tatupu, 22 Scott Staniforth.
15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Danwel Demas, 13 Piet van Zyl, 12 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 11 Fabian Juries, 10 Meyer Bosman, 9 Tewis de Bruyn, 8 Frans Viljoen, 7 Juan Smith (captain), 6 Heinrich Brussöw, 5 David de Villiers, 4 Nico Breedt, 3 Jacobus Roux, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Wiaan du Preez.
16 Richardt Strauss, 17 Kobus Calldo, 18 Wayne van Heerden, 19 Hendro Scholtz, 20 Sarel Pretorius, 21 Hanno Coetzee, 22 Bjorn Basson.