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The Breakdown: It's all up in the air

With rule changes and local derby standings boiling away, Wellington readies for a mammoth Brumbies v Hurricanes match-up.

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Free State Rugby Stadium, Bloemfontein, Sunday 1.05am (AEST)
Last meeting:
Round 16, June 4, 2011 - Sharks 23 bt Cheetahs 18 at Free State Rugby Stadium, Bloemfontein
Head-to-head:
Played 8, Cheetahs 4, Sharks 4
In Bloemfontein:
Played 4, Cheetahs 2, Sharks 2
Referee:
Jonathan Kaplan (RSA)
TV:
Live, FoxSports 1
TAB Sportsbet:
Sharks $1.68 Cheetahs $2.10

Greg Growden writes: The Cheetahs have countless Australian fans, who repeatedly go on about their adventurous play. But the results haven't come and they hover in the bottom half of the tournament. But they will pester teams who are chasing finals dreams, such as the Sharks.

AAP writes: The Sharks thumped the Force 53-11 last round while the Cheetahs gave the Stormers a scare and should pose more of a challenge than their 11th-placed ladder position suggests. Look out for Sharks winger Lwazi Mvovo who delivered two length-of-the-field touchdowns among their seven-try haul while prop Tendai Mtawarira delivered a man-of-the-match performance. The Cheetahs at home should put up more of a defensive contest than the Force and will take confidence from pushing the Stormers at Newlands before falling short by two points. Sharks should have too much strike-power.

CHEETAHS: Hennie Daniller, Cameron Jacobs, Robert Ebersohn, Andries Strauss, Willie le Roux, Riaan Smit, Piet van Zyl, Philip van der Walt, Justin Downey, Heinrich Brussouw, George Earle, Izak van der Westhuizen, WP Nel, Adriaan Strauss (c), Coenie Oosthuizen. Reserves: Hercu Liebenberg, Trevor Nyakane, Andries Ferreira, Ashley Johnson, Tewis de Bruyn, Sias Ebersohn, Philip Snyman.

SHARKS: TBA

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With rule changes and local derby standings boiling away, Wellington readies for a mammoth Brumbies v Hurricanes match-up.

Expert tips

Fairfax's panel of experts's tips for round 18.

Stormers v Waratahs

Newlands Stadium, Cape Town, Sunday 3.10am (AEST)

Western Force v Rebels

nib Stadium, Perth, Sunday 4.35pm (AEST)

Hurricanes v Brumbies

Westpac Stadium, Wellington, Friday 5.35pm (AEST)

Highlanders v Bulls

Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, Saturday 3.30pm (AEST)

Crusaders v Blues

Christchurch Stadium, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)

Reds v Lions

Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Saturday 7.40pm (AEST)

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