Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein, Sunday 2.05am (AEDT)
Last meeting: Round 18 2012 - Sharks 34 bt Cheetahs 15 at ABSA Stadium
Head-to-head: Played 10 Cheetahs 4 Sharks 6
In Bloemfontein: Played 5 Cheetahs 2 Sharks 3
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (RSA)
TV: Live, FoxSports 2
TAB Sportsbet: Cheetahs $3.00 Sharks $1.36
Steve Samuelson writes: Ex-Waratah Sarel Pretorius in on the bench, but Springbok five-eighth Johan Goosen is back from injury. The Sharks are missing Willem Alberts (shoulder) and Bismarck du Plessis (knee) but still boast a powerful pack.
AAP writes: Last year’s finalists, the Sharks should have little trouble in this away match, even without key forwards Bismarck du Plessis, Willem Alberts and Keegan Daniel. The Sharks boast plenty of depth in their pack and Patrick Lambie is back in his rightful position at five-eighth.
The Cheetahs have big-kicking five-eighth Johan Goosen back fit while Waratahs flop Sarel Pretorius returns to Free State on the bench. The competition entertainers have lost captain Juan Smith (retired) and are without ball scavenger Heinrich Brussow (shoulder).
CHEETAHS: Hennie Daniller, Willie le Roux, Johann Sadie, Robert Ebersohn, Raymond Rhule, Johan Goosen, Piet van Zyl, Philip van der Walt, Lappies Labuschagne, Frans Viljoen, Francois Uys, Lood de Jager, Lourens Adriaanse, Adriaan Strauss (capt), Trevor Nyakane. Reserves: Ryno Barnes, Coenie Oosthuizen, Waltie Vermeulen, Boom Prinsloo, Sarel Pretorius, Elgar Watts, Ryno Benjamin.
SHARKS: Louis Ludik, JP Pietersen, Paul Jordaan, Frans Steyn (capt), Lwazi Mvovo, Patrick Lambie, Cobus Reinach, Ryan Kankowski, Marcell Coetzee, Jacques Botes, Franco van der Merwe, Anton Bresler, Jannie du Plessis, Craig Burden, Tendai Mtawarira Reserves: Kyle Cooper, Wiehahn Herbst, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Jean Deysel, Charl McLeod, Meyer Bosman, Odwa Ndungane