Our second semi-final sees the Toyota Free State Cheetahs hosting the Cell C Sharks in what is expected to be a great game of rugby.

Free State who started the season with a bang had a little slip midway through the shorten format but seems to have found their groove and brand that we know they can play.

They have played an exciting brand of rugby this season as they prepare to take on Europe later in the PRO14.

The Sharks had their ups and downs but they made the playoffs after two good weekends beating Province to that final spot in the playoffs.

With a new coach this year they have done well with the young team and they will be going out in full force to defend their title this weekend in Bloemfontein.

We expect a massive battle as normal when these two big packs meet on the field and it might just be the deciding factor in this game.

Bot teams have the ability to play from out wide and have been good on the counter. Defence as always will play a vital role in this game as a place in the final is on the line.

Curwin Bosch return to flyhalf is the only change to the side from Durban.

Bosch who has been out of action since August the 10th may bring that extra control to the Sharks game although Chamberlain has been great while Bosch was on the sideline.

For Free State coach Franco Smith made a number of changes from the team that beat Province.

De Jager and Ox Nche will start in the front row in place of Venter and van der Merwe.

In the backline he also opted to go with Small-Smith that moves to the right wing and Swanepoel coming in at centre.

Do not miss this one on Saturday’s at Free State Stadium at 17:00 and it will be broadcast live on SuperSport HD


Free State Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 William Small-Smith, 13 Benhard Janse van Rensburg, 12 Dries Swanepoel, 11 Tian Meyer (captain ), 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Henco Venter, 7 Abongile Nonkontwana, 6 Junior Pokomela, 5 Walt Steenkamp, 4 Sintu Manjesi, 3 Erich de Jager, 2 Joseph Dweba, 1 Ox Nche

Replacements: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Schalk van der Merwe, 18 Reinach Venter, 19 JP du Preez, 20 Gerhard Olivier, 21 Jasper Wiese, 22 Louis Fouche, 22 Darren Adonis

Sharks: 15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Jeremy Ward (co-captain), 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Sanele Nohamba, 8 Tera Mtembu (co-captain), 7 Jacques Vermeulen, 6 Phepsi Buthelezi, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Thomas du Toit.

Replacements: 16 Dylan Richardson, 17 Mzamo Majola, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Gideon Koegelenberg, 20 Andisa Ntsila, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Rhyno Smith, 23 JP Pietersen

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