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Super Rugby returns to Bloemfontein for the penultimate match in Round 2 as the Cheetahs host the Stormers in a South African derby.

The Cheetahs opened their Super Rugby campaign with a 33-34 loss to the Jaguares at home last week. They were leading 24-3 at one point but allowed the Jaguares to steal the match out from under them.

The Stormers on the other hand put in an impressive performance against the Bulls and earned a bonus point from the result as they scored three tries while keeping the Bulls tryless.

For this match the Stormers have made one injury enforced change as Leolin Zas will make his starting debut for the Stormers in place of Kobus van Wyk who has an ankle which he sustained in the 33-9 opening round win over the Bulls.

The 20-year-old wing earned his first Stormers cap when he came off the bench in the against the Bulls at Newlands last week.

Cheetahs coach head coach Franco Smith has switched Paul Schoeman and Boom Prinsloo around as Schoeman is in the starting line-up and Prinsloo on the bench.

On the replacements bench Francois Uys will be replacing Reniel Hugo.

The Cheetahs have played the Stormers 15 times in Super Rugby since 2006 and the Cheetahs have won 5 and lost 10 matches. That gives them a record of winning 33% of their matches against the Cape side.

At home the Cheetahs have played the Stormers 7 times and won four and lost three. This gives them a record of winning 57% of their home matches with an average score of Cheetahs 25 Stormers 22.

The Cheetahs have won their last three Super Rugby matches in Bloemfontein against the Stormers who have not left the city as winners since 2012.

The Bookies have given the Cheetahs a 6 point start for this Match – with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. The Stormers looked like contenders for the South African Group winners position last week while the Cheetahs second half collapse shows they have much to work on. The Stormers should win this by 8.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 3.

Average score: Cheetahs 19 Stormers 25

Last five results
30 May 2015 Cheetahs v Stormers 12-42 Cape Town
02 May 2015 Cheetahs v Stormers 25-17 Bloemfontein
24 May 2014 Cheetahs v Stormers 0-33 Cape Town
26 Apr 2014 Cheetahs v Stormers 35-22 Bloemfontein
29 Jun 2013 Cheetahs v Stormers 3-28 Cape Town

Cheetahs overall record against the Stormers
Played 15 , Wins 5, Losses 10, Draws 0

Match No.17:Cheetahs v Stormers
Date : Saturday 5 March 2016
Venue : Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein
Kick Off local: 17:10
Referee: Craig Joubert
Assistant Ref 1:Rodney Bonaparte
Assistant Ref 2:AJ Jacobs
TMO :Willie Vos

Teams

Cheetahs

1. Charles Marais , 2. Torsten van Jaarsveld , 3. Maks van Dyk , 4. Carl Wegner , 5. Lodewyk de Jager (vc) , 6. Paul Schoeman , 7. Uzair Cassiem , 8. Niell Jordaan , 9. Shaun Venter , 10. Fred Zeilinga , 11. Raymond Rhule , 12. William Small-Smith , 13. Francois Venter (C) , 14. Sergeal Petersen , 15. Clayton Blommetjies

Replacements: 16. Jacques du Toit , 17. Ox Nche , 18. Luan de Bruin , 19. Francois Uys , 20. Boom Prinsloo , 21. Henco Venter , 22. Tian Meyer , 23. Niel Marais

Stormers

15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Juan de Jongh (co-captain), 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Oli Kebble.

Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 Frans Malherbe (co-captain), 19 JD Schickerling, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Nic Groom, 22 Kurt Coleman, 23 Huw Jones.

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