After a dissapointing 1st half against the Bulls, where the month lay-off showed, the Cheetahs will be keen to improve on their Super Rugby winning record for a season (currently 5 wins). The Stormers by contrast will want to stave off a strong Bulls challenge on the SA Conference Log. The Stormers have some of their stars due back, so an enticing clash looms.
Back at Tighthead is WP Nel, Nico Scheepers is on the wing in place of Phillip Snyman, Cameron Jacobs on the other wing in place of Rocco Jansen, Barry Geel replaces an out of sorts Andries Strauss and Justin Downey replaces an equally unimpressive Ashley Johnson. Andries Ferreira has been bracketed with George Earle at lock, pending a fitness test, failing which will see Walti Vermeulen come onto the bench.
The Team Sheet:
1. Trevor Nyakane, 2. Adriaan Strauss, 3. WP Nel, 4. Andries Ferreira / George Earle, 5. Izak vd Westhuizen, 6. Heinrich Brüssow, 7. Lappies Labuschagne, 8. Justin Downey, 9. Piet van Zyl, 10. Riaan Smit, 11. Cameron Jacobs, 12. Barry Geel, 13. Robert Ebersohn, 14. Nico Scheepers, 15. Willie le Roux
Replacements: 16. Hercu Liebenberg, 17. Marcel vd Merwe, 18. George Earle / Walti Vermeulen, 19. Ashley Johnson, 20. Tewis de Bruyn, 21. Sias Ebershon, 22. Phillip Snyman.