The creaking Cheetahs wagon rolls into Cape Town this evening, where they’ll meet a Province side still smarting from a loss against the Bulls that should never have been.
Allister Coetzee has made some changes to his team, but bafflingly, the useless Fijian flop is still in the team. His coaches will be looking for a huge performance tonight, to make up for the numerous golden opportunities he botched at Loftus last week.
For the Cheetahs, who are in the unusual position of being 0 from 2 at this stage of the competition, any sort of win whatsoever would be like gold dust. This team just isn’t firing tonight and it would take a massive turnaround for them to upset Province at Newlands.
Kick-off is at 7pm
Western Province: 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Tonderai Chavhanga, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Peter Grant, 11 Sireli Naqelevuki, 10 Willem de Waal, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Luke Watson (captain), 7 Pieter Louw, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Anton van Zyl, 4 Chris Jack, 3 Brock Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Wicus Blaauw.
Replacements: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 JD Moller, 18 Hilton Lobberts, 19 Pieter Myburgh, 20 Conrad Hoffmann, 21 Morgan Newman, 22 Frikkie Welsh.
Free State Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Danwel Demas, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Corné Uys, 11 Lionel Mapoe, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Tertius Carse, 8 Francois Uys, 7 Hendro Scholtz (captain), 6 Johan Wessels, 5 David de Villiers, 4 Nico Breedt, 3 WP Nel, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Wian du Preez.
Replacements: 16 Richardt Strauss, 17 Coenie Oosthuizen, 18 Frans Viljoen, 19 Lucas Floors, 20 JP Joubert, 21 Louis Strydom, 22 JW Jonker.
Referee: Phillip Bosch
Assistant Referees: François Veldsman, Ben Crouse
TMO: Shaun Veldsman