Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein, Saturday 3.10am (AEST)Last meeting: Round 6 2012 – Cheetahs 47 bt Hurricanes 38 at Westpac StadiumHead-to-head: Played 8 Cheetahs 3 Hurricanes 5In Bloemfontein: Played 4 Cheetahs 2 Hurricanes 2Referee: Stuart Berry (RSA)TV: Live, FoxSports 2TAB Sportsbet: Cheetahs $1.33 Hurricanes $3.15
Steve Samuelson writes: These matches are always high scoring affairs with the Cheetahs winning 47-38 last year while the Canes edged a 50-47 win in 2011. Victor Vito will lead the Hurricanes in the absence of star centre Conrad Smith (head knock).
AAP writes: The Cheetahs’ finals destiny is well and truly in their own hands, especially with their remaining six games all to be played in South Africa. But with tough games against the Reds, Bulls and Blues included in those fixtures a win against the hit-and-miss Hurricanes is a must.
The past two matches between these sides have produced a whopping 21 tries, so another entertaining affair could be on the cards. Inspirational Hurricanes captain Conrad Smith will miss this match after suffering a nasty concussion in last week’s 48-14 loss to the Bulls. The Cheetahs should be fresh and raring to go after a week off.
CHEETAHS: Hennie Daniller, Willie Le Roux, Johann Sadie, Robert Ebersohn, Raymond Rhule, Burton Francis, Piet van Zyl, Philip Van der Walt, Frans Viljoen, Heinrich Brussow, Francois Uys, Lodewyk de Jager, Lourens Adriaanse, Adriaan Strauss (capt), Coenie Oosthuizen. Reserves: Ryno Barnes, Trevor Nyakane, Rynard Landman, Boom Prinsloo, Sarel Pretorius, Elgar Watts, Rayno Benjamin
HURRICANES: Andre Taylor/James Marshall, Alapati Leiua, Reynold Lee-Lo, Tim Bateman, Julian Savea, Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara, Victor Vito (capt), Jack Lam/Karl Lowe, Faifili Levave, Jason Eaton, Jeremy Thrush, Ben May, Ash Dixon, Ben Franks. Reserves: Reggie Goodes, Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, James Broadhurst, Brad Shields, Chris Smylie, Tusi Pisi, James Marshall/Karl Lowe