The penultimate weekend of the regular season of Currie Cup action comes to an end in Bloemfontein where the Cheetahs host the Sharks, a match that has a major bearing on the final outcome of the log.
The Cheetahs are out of the play-off spots after the Bulls victory last night, and will need a win over the second placed Sharks to get back in contention. A loss tonight, together with other results going against them, could see them ending on the bottom of the log come the end of the final round of matches next weekend.
The Sharks need to win to have any hope of finishing in the top two spots on the log, a spot that will give them the inside edge come the semi finals, considering that they are the only team unbeaten at home. A loss today will leave matters out of their own hands, a place Sharks fans found themselves at this stage of the season quite regularly.
Free State Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Nico Scheepers, 13 Robert Ebersohn (captain), 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Phillip van der Walt, 7 Francois Uys, 6 Lappies Labuschagne, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Hercu Liebenberg, 1 Marcel van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 AJ Le Roux, 17 Brummer Badenhorst, 18 Waltie Vermeuelen, 19 Davon Raubenheimer, 20 Tewis du Bruyn, 21 Phillip Snyman, 22 Phillip Burger.
Sharks: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Tim Whitehead, 11 JP Pietersen, 10 Meyer Bosman, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Keegan Daniel (captain), 7. Jean Deysel, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Anton Bresler, 4 Jandré Marais, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Pieter Dixon, 1 Dale Chadwick.
Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Allan Dell, 18 Peet Marais, 19 Tera Mtembu, 20 Cobus Reinach, 21 Riaan Viljoen, 22 S’bura Sithole.Tweet