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Cheetahs v Waratahs

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Possibility of a wildcard team getting ahead

If the Reds win this week, there's a chance two Aussie teams will make in the final six.

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Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein, Sunday 1.05am (AEST)
Last meeting:
Round 5 2011 - Cheetahs 23 bt Waratahs 3 at Allianz Stadium
Head-to-head:
Played 6 Cheetahs 2 Waratahs 4
In Bloemfontein:
Played 1 Cheetahs 0 Waratahs 1
Referee:
Craig Joubert (RSA)
TV:
Live, FoxSports 3
TAB Sportsbet:
Cheetahs $1.65 Waratahs $2.15

Greg Growden writes: A despondent Waratahs squad head to the Bloemfontein waterfront/swamp, and knowing their luck will probably lose a few pre-game through a tropical disease. Hope they remember they're at altitude, and if they keep kicking bombs, they'll end up outside the ground.

AAP writes: NSW are down in the dumps, but the likely return of Drew Mitchell from an ankle injury will provide a timely morale boost. Mitchell was told by specialists he may never play again, but he's set to make an early return to help the Waratahs come home strong in the back half of the year. It would seem the Cheetahs are also playing for pride but they're no easy-beats in Bloemfontein, where they toppled an enthusiastic Western Force side a couple of weeks ago. The Cheetahs are coming off back-to-back losses though, and the Waratahs will fancy their chances of making a breakthrough before returning from their South Africa tour. Hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau will return from concussion for NSW and Bernard Foley should be better at fullback for his run last week.

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

WARATAHS: Bernard Foley, Tom Kingston, Rob Horne, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Drew Mitchell, Berrick Barnes, Brendan McKibbin, Wycliff Palu, Chris Alcock, Dave Dennis, Kane Douglas, Sitaleki Timani, Sekope Kepu, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Benn Robinson (c). Reserves: John Ulugia, Jeremy Tilse, Richard Stanford, Lopeti Timani, Sarel Pretorius, Daniel Halangahu, Tom Carter

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