Last time around when the Sunwolves came to Bloemfontein they got 92 points against them, something they would like not to repeat but with what we have seen from the Japanese outfit in two rounds does not spell anything good for them.
The Sunwolves have not started well at all losing to the Hurricanes, which was expected but also lost to the Southern Kings last week which many believed would have been much closer.
Coming up against one of South African most dangerous teams on attack does not spell good for them and re-living last years nightmare visit to Bloemfontein can became another reality. Last season the Sunwolves did not travel well and their best matches was when they played at home which makes the task for them even more difficult against the Cheetahs.
If all of that is not enough the Sunwolves coach was forced to make no less than seven changes. He made two changes in the backline with Tupou coming in at inside centre and Uchida will take up the number nine jumper.
Up front it’s a brand new front-row as Koki Yamamoto and Yasuo Yamaji are the props while Yusuke Niwai is at hooker, with Uwe Hela alongside Liaki Moli this week at lock as Sam Wykes drops to the bench.
There is also a change in the back-row as Shumei Matsuhashi comes onto the openside in place of Shokei Kin for what will be a tough game in South Africa.
The Cheetahs have been struck with more injuries after their impressive win over the Bulls last weekend and had to make changes for the injuries.
In total coach Smith had to make four injury-forced changes and two positional changes to his side to face the Sunwolves.
Zee Mkhabela, Niell Jordaan, Francois Uys and Charles Marais replace Nico Lee, Uzair Cassiem, Reniel Hugo and Tshego Nche in the XV for this Saturday.
Mkhabela comes in the wing so there is a shift to centre for Ryno Benjamin while Paul Schoeman is now flank to accommodate Jordaan. Uys replaces Hugo in the locks while Marais is at loosehead prop alongside hooker Torsten van Jaarsveld and tighthead Johan Coetzee.
It will disrupt the Cheetahs team a bit with all the changes but they still have quality players in this team which can cause havoc for the struggling Sunwolves.
Time will tell if we will see a repeat of last years score on Saturday.
Head To Head
|Games||Cheetahs wins||Draws||Sunwolves wins||Cheetahs points||Sunwolves points|
|At home: 1||1||0||0||92||17|
|Average points scored per game||86.00|
Previous matches between these two teams
|Date||Home Team||Away Team||Score||Winner|
|2016-03-12||Sunwolves||Cheetahs||31 – 32||Cheetahs|
|2016-04-15||Cheetahs||Sunwolves||92 – 17||Cheetahs|
Predictions: The Sunwolves have given us nothing to believe they will turn things around against the Cheetahs, I feel another humiliating score coming here again, Cheetahs by 50 plus
Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Zee Mkhabela, 13 Ryno Benjamin, 12 Clinton Swart, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Niell Jordaan, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Justin Basson, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld (c), 1 Charles Marais
Replacements: 16 Danie Mienie, 17 Elandre Huggett, 18 Tom Botha, 19 Armandt Koster, 20 Henco Venter 21 Niel Marais, 22 Ali Mgijima, 23 Ruan van Rensburg
Sunwolves: 15 Shota Emi, 14 Takaaki Nakazuru, 13 William Tupou, 12 Derek Carpenter, 11 Kenki Fukuoka, 10 Hayden Cripps, 9 Keisuke Uchida, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Shumei Matsuhashi, 6 Ed Quirk, 5 Uwe Hela, 4 Liaki Moli, 3 Yasuo Yamaji, 2 Yusuke Niwai, 1 Koki Yamamoto
Replacements: 16 Atsushi Sakate, 17 Masataka Mikami, 18 Takuma Asahara, 19 Sam Wykes, 20 Shokei Kin, 21 Kaito Shigeno, 22 Jumpei Ogura, 23 Jamie-Jerry Taulagi