The Stormers host the Cheetahs in a crucial Super Rugby Unlocked match at Newlands on Saturday evening.
Stormers vs Cheetahs – match preview
The Cheetahs might be made to rue the cancellation of their match against the Lions which cost them a shot at four or five points and the opportunity to leapfrog the Bulls into the lead this weekend.
As things stand the Stormers and Cheetahs can still win Super Rugby Unlocked but need a win at Newlands to stay in touch with the Bulls who can clinch the title with a win over the Pumas next weekend.
This match will determine which team, alongside the Sharks will be in a position to pounce should the Bulls slip up against minnows the Pumas.
This clash at Newlands will be an intriguing battle for forward dominance that should lay the platform for their respective backlines to thrive.
The Cheetahs have been hit hard by a mid-season talent drain that saw Jasper Wiese leave for the Premiership and Walt Steenkamp jump ship to the Bulls.
In the Cape side’s camp injuries have prevented them from gaining any sort of fluency despite being blessed with a raft of Springboks.
Stormers vs Cheetahs: Follow Super Rugby Unlocked live scores here
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Stormers: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Ruhan Nel, 13 Dan du Plessis, 12 Rikus Pretorius, 11 Angelo Davids, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Ernst van Rhyn, 6 Marcel Theunissen, 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff (captain). Replacements (from): 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Kwenzo Blose, 18 Sazi Sandi, 19 Neethling Fouche, 20 Chris van Zyl, 21 David Meihuizen, 22 Ben-Jason Dixon, 23 Godlen Masimla, 24 Kade Wolhuter, 25 Michal Hazner, 26 Leolin Zas.
Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Malcolm Jaer, 13 William Small-Smith, 12 Frans Steyn/Chris Smit, 11 Rosko Specman, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Jeandré Rudolph, 7 Junior Pokomela (captain), 6 Andisa Ntsila, 5 Carl Wegner, 4 Ian Groenewald, 3 Luan de Bruin, 2 Reinach Venter, 1 Charles Marais. Replacements: 16 Boan Venter, 17 Marnus van der Merwe, 18 Khutha Mchunu, 19 JP du Preez, 20 Aidon Davis, 21 Ruben de Haas, 22 Reinhardt Fortuin, 23 Chris Smit/Howard Mnisi.
Super Rugby Unlocked: Stormers vs Cheetahs – Kick-off time and where to watch
Date: Saturday, 14 November
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant referees: Cwengile Jadezweni, Egon Seconds
Television Match Official: Joey Klaaste-Salmans
TV: SuperSport Rugby and Grandstand