The late news that Francois Hougaard has had to withdraw from the Bulls team for the match against the Cheetahs this afternoon should make no difference to the result.
Hougaard has been replaced by the MORE than able John Mametsa who has enough S14 experience himself. Hougaard suffered a repeat injury to the ligaments in his knee at training on Thursday, it is not known how long he will be sidelined for.
I cannot believe there are people who believe this will be a fair contest. Even the loss of Hougaard should still the Bulls walk away with a rather large margin of victory this evening.
Ref: Jonathan Kaplan
ARs: Marius Jonker, Reuben Rossouw
TMO: Shaun Veldsman
Venue: Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein
Kick-off: 19.10 SA Time (17.10 GMT)
Cheetahs: 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Lionel Mapoe, 13 Corné Uys, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Jongi Nokwe, 10 Naas Olivier, 9 Tewis de Bruyn, 8 Ashley Johnson, 7 Juan Smith (captain), 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 David de Villiers, 4 Nico Breedt, 3 WP Nel, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Wian du Preez.
Replacements: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Coenie Oosthuizen, 18 Waltie Vermeulen, 19 Frans Viljoen, 20 Sarel Pretorius, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Danwel Demas.
Bulls: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Jaco Pretorius, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 John Mametsa, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Pedrie Wannenburg, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Victor Matfield (captain), 4 Danie Rossouw, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Gary Botha, 1 Gurthrö Steenkamp.
Replacements: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Bees Roux, 18 Flip van der Merwe, 19 Derick Kuün, 20 Heini Adams, 21 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 22 Stephan Dippenaar.