Both the Hurricanes and the Cheetahs lost their respective Super Rugby matches last week so both teams will be coming off a loss and looking to end a losing streak.
The Hurricanes are not in a good place currently as they have not only lost all of their matches this season but they are on an eight match losing streak that stretches back to Mat last year.
The Cheetahs are also on a losing streak but their is just two matches old and at least they have won a match this year.
The Hurricanes have played the Cheetahs 8 times since the Bloemfontein based franchise joined Super Rugby in 2006 through the Super 14.
From those eight Super Rugby matches the Hurricanes have won 5 times and lost three matches. That gives the Wellington based team a record of winning 63% of their matches against the Cheetahs.
The average score when the Hurricanes play the Cheetahs across all venues is Hurricanes 34 Cheetahs 28.
This weekend the Hurricanes will have home advantage over the Cheetahs which they have had on three of the 8 matches between the teams.
In those three Super Rugby matches the Hurricanes have won two and lost one. In those three home matches for the Hurricanes just two of them have been played in Wellington as in 2009 they moved the match to New Plymouth.
The last time the Hurricanes and Cheetahs played in New Zealand was in 2012 and in Wellington and that match was won by the Cheetahs - 38-47.
That home loss for the Hurricanes means that they have not beaten the Cheetahs at home in Wellington since 2007 when they won 37-15. The Hurricanes did win the New Plymouth match 29-12.
The overall average score at home when the Hurricanes play the Cheetahs is Hurricanes 35 Cheetahs 25 but in Wellington the average score is Hurricanes 38 Cheetahs 31.
In terms of selection Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske has made three changes for this match. Sarel Pretorius returns to the starting line up as does Raymond Rhule and Cornal Hendriks.
The Hurricanes have named Conrad Smith to win his 100th Super Rugby cap for the Wellington franchise after 11 years.
Another significant change is that Ardie Savea has been given the nod at openside flanker. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen makes a return to the starting line-up along with Chris Smylie who gets his first start for the season at halfback ahead of TJ Perenara.
Alapati Leiua will occupy the right wing, with Cory Jane unavailable this week due to a broken nose, while Matt Proctor has also returned from injury and will provide cover off the bench.
The Hurricanes coaches came under heavy pressure after last week's defeat and they have made some big changes to the team and some tough calls.
The Bookies have given the Cheetahs a 7 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. Even though they still haven't won a match this year Hurricanes have showed glimpses of what they can do. We think that after the verbal hammering they have had this is the week they will come good. The Hurricanes should win this by 3.
This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK On Demand at approx 2pm later in the day. .
Average score: Hurricanes 34 Cheetahs 28
Last five results
10 May 2013 Hurricanes v Cheetahs 39-34 Bloemfontein
31 Mar 2012 Hurricanes v Cheetahs 38-47 Wellington
16 Apr 2011 Hurricanes v Cheetahs 50-47 Bloemfontein
06 Mar 2010 Hurricanes v Cheetahs 12-28 Bloemfontein
07 Mar 2009 Hurricanes v Cheetahs 29-12 New Plymouth
Hurricanes overall record against the Cheetahs
Played 8,Wins 5,Losses 3 ,Draws 0
Match No.25 :Hurricanes v Cheetahs
Date : Saturday 15 March
Venue : Westpac Stadium
Kick Off local: 16:35
Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 1:Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 2:Mike Lash
TMO : Chris Wratt
1. Ben Franks,2. Dane Coles,3. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen,4. Jeremy Thrush,5. Mark Reddish,6. Faifili Levave,7. Ardie Savea,8. Blade Thomson,9. Chris Smylie,10. Beauden Barrett,11. Julian Savea,12. Hadleigh Parkes,13. Conrad Smith (c),14. Alapati Leiua,15. James Marshall
Replacements :16. Motu Matu'u,17. Chris Eves,18. John Schwalger,19. James Broadhurst,20. Jack Lam,21. TJ Perenara,22. Matt Proctor,23. Marty Banks
1 Caylib Oosthuizen ,2 Adriaan Strauss (c ) ,3 Maks van Dyk ,4 Lodewyk de Jager ,5 Francois Uys ,6 Boom Prinsloo ,7 Lappies Labuschagne ,8 Philip van der Walt ,9 Sarel Pretorius ,10 Johan Goosen ,11 Raymond Rhule ,12 Francois Venter ( vc) ,13 Johann Sadie ,14 Cornal Hendricks ,15 Willie le Roux
Replacments : 16. Ryno Barnes ,17. Trevor Nyakane ,18. Rossouw de Klerk ,19. Andries Ferreira ,20. Jean Cook ,21. Shaun Venter ,22. Elgar Watts ,23. Hennie Daniller