The wounded Cheetahs limp into Sydney and it’s going to take a brave man to predict anything other than a proper thrashing for the boys from Bloem.
The only thing working in the Cheetahs’ favour is the fact that Tahs coach Chris Hickey has decided to give his B-side a run. Not that it’s going to matter. The Cheetahs don’t travel well even with Juan Smith at the helm and without their talismanic skipper, expect them to conceded a bonus point within half an hour and at least 50 by the time the 80 minutes are up.
For the Tahs, it’s like manna from heaven.
Ref: Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand)
ARs: Steve Walsh (Australia), James Leckie (Australia)
TMO: Steve Leszczynski (Australia)
Venue: Sydney Football Stadium
Kick-off: 10h40 SA Time, 09h40 BST
Waratahs: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Lachie Turner, 13 Rob Horne, 12 Berrick Barnes, 11 Drew Mitchell, 10 Daniel Halangahu, 9 Luke Burgess, 8 Ben Mowen, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Dave Dennis, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Dean Mumm (captain), 3 Al Baxter, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Benn Robinson.
Replacements: 16 Damien Fitzpatrick, 17 Sekope Kepu, 18 Will Caldwell, 19 Locky McCaffrey, 20 Josh Holmes, 21 Tom Carter, 22 Sosene Anesi.
Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Danwel Demas, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Meyer Bosman (vice-captain), 11 Jongi Nokwe, 10 Naas Olivier, 9 Tewis de Bruyn, 8 Ashley Johnson, 7 Barend Pieterse, 6 Hendro Scholtz, 5 Walti Vermeulen, 4 Nico Breedt, 3 WP Nel, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Wian du Preez .
Replacements: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Coenie Oosthuizen, 18 Davon Raubenheimer, 19 Kabamba Floors, 20 Sarel Pretorius, 21 Corné Uys, 22 Riaan Viljoen.