AAMI Park, Melbourne, Sunday, 4.10pm (AEDT)
Last meeting: Round 14 2011: Cheetahs 41-21 at Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Head-to-head: Played 1, Cheetahs 1, Rebels 0
In Melbourne: never met
Referee: Garratt Williamson (NZL)
TV: Live, FoxSports 2
TAB Sportsbet: Rebels $1.50, Cheetahs $2.50
Greg Growden writes: The Rebels have learnt how to tackle, and the Cheetahs should be furious over several dubious refereeing decisions in their last-minute loss to the Brumbies. So there will be an edge to a game that originally wasn’t too enticing. If the Rebels pack holds up, they’re a chance.
Kurtley Beale will play his first home game for the Rebels. Photo: Getty images
MELBOURNE REBELS: Julian Huxley, Lachlan Mitchell, Mark Gerrard, Lloyd Johansson, Cooper Vuna, James O’Connor, Richard Kingi, Gareth Delve (capt), Tom Chamberlain, Tim Davidson, Hugh Pyle, Luke Jones, Laurie Weeks, Adam Freier, Nic Henderson. Reserves: Ged Robinson, Rodney Blake, Alister Campbell, Jarrod Saffy, Nick Phipps, Danny Cipriani, James Hilgendorf.
CHEETAHS: Hennie Daniller, Cameron Jacobs, Robert Ebersohn, Andries Strauss, Willie le Roux, Johan Goosen, Tewis de Bruyn, Philip van der Walt, Davon Raubenheimer, Heinrich Brussow, Izak van der Westhuizen, George Earle, WP Nel, Adriaan Strauss (capt), Coenie Oosthuizen. Reserves: Hercu Liebenberg, Trevor Nyakane, Justin Downey, Ashley Johnson, Piet van Zyl, Sias Ebersohn, Rayno Benjamin.