Well, it’s the only televised game of the weekend, so it’s the only one that will get a thread here!
The Cheetahs will be desperate to get their campaign started at last after three successive defeats. They love beating the Sharks and will be at home. Also, they have lost hardly any first-choice players to either the Bok cause, or to injury.
The Sharks, though, have been buoyed by the return of several players, not least of whom is Ryan Kankowski. They showed last week that they know how to dig deep for a win and an away victory over the Cheetahs would set them up nicely for a top four position by the time their Boks return.
Kick-off is at 19h10 SA Time.
The Sharks: 15 Stefan Terblanche (captain), 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Andries Strauss, 12 Riaan Swanepoel, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Guy Cronjé, 9 Rory Kockott, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Albert van den Berg, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Patric Cilliers, 2 Craig Burden, 1 Deon Carstens.
Replacements: 16 Skipper Badenhorst, 17 Wiehahn Herbst, 18 Michael Rhodes/Nikolai Blignaut, 19 Keegan Daniel, 20 Charl McLeod, 21 Monty Dumond, 22 Waylon Murray.
Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Danwel Demas, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Corné Uys, 11 Jongi Nokwe, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Tertius Carse, 8 Francois Uys, 7 Hendro Scholtz (captain), 6 Frans Viljoen, 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 Izak van der Westhuizen, 19 Kabamba Floors, 20 JP Joubert, 21 Louis Strydom, 22 JW Jonker.
Referee: Willie Roos
Assistant referees: Pro Legoete, Cobus Wessels
TMO: Shaun Veldsman