There has been a little niggle during the week in the build up to this match.
FS Cheetahs boss Harold Verster acted like a spoilt little kid and threw his toys out the playpen when it was revealed that Bakkies Botha was to play for the Blue Bulls this weekend. Exactly what the “Harold Verster” head’s gripe was has not been revealed. One can only speculate that the reason for behaving like a “Harold Verster” has something to do with the Cheetahs having achieved relative success during the CC when the big unions had lost players to the Springboks.
The Bulls will be doing what they are known best for and bully the Cheetahs into submission.
Expect rising star Jason Jaftha to continue on with the excellent form he has shown thusfar this season.
Ref: Jason Jaftha
ARs: Mlungiseli Mdashe, Reuben Rossouw
TMO: Shaun Veldsman
Venue: Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein
Free State Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Philip Snyman, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Jongi Nokwe, 10 Louis Strydom, 9 Tewis de Bruyn, 8 Ashley Johnson, 7 Philip van der Walt, 6 Hendro Scholtz/Johan Wessels, 5 Waltie Vermeulen, 4 Francois Uys, 3 Kobus Calldo, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Coenie Oosthuizen.
Replacements: 16 Skipper Badenhorst, 17 WP Nel, 18 Izak van der Westhuizen, 19 Kabamba Floors, 20 Tertius Carse, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Corné Uys.
Blue Bulls: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Jaco Pretorius, 12 Stefan Watermeyer, 11 Jaco van der Westhuyzen, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Gerrit-Jan van Velze, 7 CJ Stander, 6 Derick Kuün (captain), 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dean Greyling.
Replacements: 16 Gary Botha, 17 Rossouw de Klerk, 18 Jaco Engels, 19 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 20 Okkie Kruger, 21 Dustin Jinka, 22 Stephan Dippenaar.