The first of two local games, and probably the match that will be most entertaining sees the Cheetahs, fresh off a good tour and an even better win over the Lions last weekend, take on the Chiefs, who are top of the New Zealand conference, and looking very promising so far this season.
The Cheetahs have opted to swop Sias Ebersohn and Johan Goosen following the latter’s injury halfway through the game last weekend. Ashley Johnson will provide quite a bit of potency from the bench.
The Chiefs are flying high after a magnificent start to the season, and will want to win either one of their two games on tour, especially after the Sharks made their intentions clear yesterday, and face them in Durban next weekend. The battle of the flyhalves between Ebersohn and Cruden will be an interesting one indeed.
Cheetahs: Hennie Daniller, Rayno Benjamin, Robert Ebersohn, Andries Strauss, Willie le Roux, Sias Ebersohn, Pieter van Zyl, Philip van der Walt, Justin Downey, Heinrich Brüssow, Izak van der Westhuizen, George Earle, WP Nel, Adriaan Strauss (k), Coenie Oosthuizen.
Reserves : Hercu Liebenberg, Trevor Nyakane, Andries Ferreira, Ashley Johnson, Tewis de Bruyn, Johan Goosen, Philip Snyman.
Chiefs : 1. Arizona Taumalolo,2. Hika Elliot,3. Ben Tameifuna,4. Craig Clarke (c),5. Brodie Retallick ,6. Liam Messam,7. Tanerau Latimer,8. Alex Bradley,9. Tawera Kerr-Barlow,10. Aaron Cruden,11. Tim Nanai-Williams,12. Sonny Bill Williams,13. Richard Kahui,14. Lelia Masaga ,15. Andrew Horrell
16. Mahonri Schwalger,17. Josh Hohneck,18. Michael Fitzgerald,19. Sam Cane,20. Augustine Pulu,21. Asaeli Tikoirotuma,22. Robbie Robinson
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan
Assistant Ref 1:Sindile Mayende
Assistant Ref 2:Stefan Breytenbach