As bizarre as this might sound, the Cheetahs now have a very real opportunity to finish outside the bottom four of this competition, for the first time in their history.
It’s not much to play for, but if they beat the Force and the Highlanders lose to the Brumbies, the Cheetahs could be 11th and looking for a big finish next week against the Lions to possibly, just possibly, edge the Sharks out of 10th.
If it wasn’t for the fact that I have the Cheetahs on LMS, I’d be shouting for the Force!
Ref: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
ARs: Joey Salmans (South Africa), Marc van Zyl (South Africa)
TMO: JC Fortuin (South Africa)
Venue: Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein
Kick-off: 17:05 SA time, 15:05 GMT
Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Bjorn Basson, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Corné Uys, 10 Naas Olivier, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Juan Smith (captain), 6 Hendro Scholtz, 5 Barend Pieterse, 4 Izak van der Westhuizen, 3 WP Nel, 2 Skipper Badenhorst, 1 Wian du Preez.
Replacements: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Coenie Oosthuizen, 18 Waltie Vermeulen, 19 Davon Raubenheimer, 20 Marnus Hugo, 21 Danwel Demas, 22 Riaan Viljoen.
Western Force: 15 James O’Connor, 14 Nick Cummins, 13 Mitch Inman, 12 Ryan Cross, 11 Cameron Shepherd, 10 David Hill, 9 Justin Turner, 8 Richard Brown, 7 David Pocock, 6 Matt Hodgson, 5 Nathan Sharpe, 4 Tom Hockings, 3 Tim Fairbrother, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Nick Henderson.
Replacements: 16 Ben Whittaker, 17 Matt Dunning, 18 Sam Wykes, 19 Ben McCalman, 20 Chris O’Young, 21 Sam Harris, 22 Mark Bartholomeusz.