After three other games already this Saturday, we get treated to two great matches in succession in the Currie Cup, the first being in Bloemfontein where the Cheetahs host the Sharks, a match that could make life very difficult for the losing team to have the honour of a home semi-final.
The Cheetahs have announced an almost unchanged line-up from the team that drew against the Bulls last weekend, with Boom Prinsloo brought in to add bulk to the Cheetahs loose trio. But it is in the front row that I think the biggest battle lies as the trio of van der Merwe, Strauss and Oosthuizen tackle Chadwick, Burden and van Staden.
The Sharks have brought in Marius Joubert to face his old team mates, forming an ex-Cheetah centre combination with Meyer Bosman. The Sharks will hope to get some good ball to wings Mvovo and Sithole, as they are bigger than their counterparts, which could be an advantage out wide.
Cheetahs: 15. Hennie Daniller, 14. Riaan Smit, 13. Robert Ebersohn, 12. Philip Snyman, 11. Cameron Jacobs, 10. Johan Goosen, 9. Piet van Zyl, 8. Ashley Johnson, 7. Pieter Labuschagne, 6. Boom Prinsloo, 5. Izak van der Westhuizen, 4. Francois (FS) Uys, 3. Coenie Oosthuizen, 2. Adriaan Strauss (Captain), 1. Marcel Van Der Merwe
Replacements: 16. Hercu Liebenberg, 17. Trevor Nyakane, 18. Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19. Johan Wessels, 20. Tewis de Bruyn, 21. Sias Ebersohn, 22. Andries Strauss
Sharks: 15. Stefan Terblanche, 14. Sibusiso Sithole, 13. Marius Joubert, 12. Meyer Bosman, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Frederic Michalak, 9. Conrad Hoffmann, 8. Keegan Daniel (Captain), 7. Jean Deysel, 6. Jacques Botes, 5. Alistair Hargreaves, 4. Anton Bresler, 3. Eugene van Staden, 2. Craig Burden, 1. Dale Chadwick
Replacements: 16. Kyle Cooper, 17. Julian Redelinghuys, 18. Jandre Marais, 19. Marcell Coetzee, 20. Ross Cronje, 21. Adrian Jacobs, 22. Louis LudikTweet