It’s the last game of Round 4 (if you can believe it) and the Hurricanes start their tour of the republic in scenic Bloemfontein.The Canes are one of only two unbeaten teams left at this stage and will be very keen to keep that record going for another week. The Cheetahs are a tough old team, though, mostly because you simply never know what they’re going to be like on the day. They were sublime against the Sharks in Durban, only to tank badly against the Highlanders a week later.
The Canes are a good enough side to deal with virtually any challenge on any given Saturday and one feels that they will need to be very bad indeed to slip up here – especially given that they have brought a Kiwi ref with them. That said, the Cheetahs are not going to roll over, so it could be a hell of a good game.
Kick-off in Bloemfontein is at 19h10.
Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Lionel Mapoe, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Jongi Nokwe, 10 Naas Olivier, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Frans Viljoen, 7 Juan Smith (captain), 6 Heinrich Brussow, 5 Waltie Vermeulen, 4 Nico Breedt, 3 WP Nel, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Wian du Preez.
Replacements: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Coenie Oosthuizen, 18 David de Villiers, 19 Kabamba Floors, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Riaan Viljoen, 22 Danwel Demas
Hurricanes: 15 Cory Jane, 14 Andre Taylor, 13 Alapati Leiua, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 David Smith, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Piri Weepu, 8 Rodney So’oialo, 7 Karl Lowe, 6 Victor Vito, 5 Michael Paterson, 4 Bryn Evans, 3 Neemia Tialata, 2 Andrew Hore (captain), 1 John Schwalger.
Replacements: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Anthony Perenise, 18 Jeremy Thrush, 19 Scott Waldrom, 20 Tyson Keats, 21 Willie Ripia, 22 Brett Mather.
Referee: Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa), Joey Salmans (South Africa)
TMO: Johann Meuwesen (South Africa)