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Hennie Daniler tackles Laurie Weeks in the team's last meeting

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Article Published: Thursday 28 March 2013|

The Cheetahs could not have asked for a better team to face than the Rebels on return from their most successful Super Rugby tour to date.

The Cheetahs have played the Rebels twice since the Melbourne franchise joined Super rugby in 2011 and both matches have been won by the Cheetahs.

The Cheetahs have played the Rebels once at home and once away and when they last played each other in Bloemfontein the Cheetahs won by 20 points.

The Bloemfontein based Cheetahs are currently enjoying some of the strongest Super Rugby form since they joined the tournament in 2006.

On their recent tour they eat the Highlanders, Waratahs and Force. It was their third "hat-trick" of wins in Super Rugby, repeating their three-on-the-trot from 2006 and 2010.

In 2011 they went one better when they beat the Brumbies, Lions, Crusaders and Rebels on consecutive weekends, but all those wins were in Bloemfontein.

The three wins Down Under lifted their team spirit and although they will not underestimate the Rebels following their huge loss in Durban last week, Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske said his team will be ready on Saturday.

"Our superb team spirit was probably the biggest factor in the three wins on tour," said Drotske.

"It's always positive to win overseas, but now we are back and we have to win our home games. In this competition, if you want to make the playoffs, you have to win at home.

"The Sharks certainly did us no favours with their 60-point win last weekend and I know the Rebels will want to bounce back. We just need to keep our guys grounded and work hard at sticking to the basics instead of trying to force "magical" things.

"We will not make the mistake of underestimating the Rebels."

Hawies Fourie, the Cheetahs' assistant coach, said: "The biggest difference between this year and previous seasons, is the way in which we defend."

"The guys are sticking to the plan and although I think our attack can still improve, it's important to keep up the good defence if we are going to be successful.

"We've picked up a lot of confidence from the last three games, and that came with defending well. We know we can beat any team at home and if we can improve our attacking play, we will be a force to be reckoned with."

The Rebels were hammered last weekend by the Sharks and the camp has been distracted by the Beale-Vuna saga which could either bring the team together or be a total distraction. You never know which way with these incidents.

The Cheetahs have named the same team that beat the Western Force last weekend for this week.

The Rebels on the other hand have been forced into changes and have named two players to make their Super Rugby debut.

The Bookies have given the Rebels a 15 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. The Rebels left Australia on a loss and showed no improvement last week. The Cheetahs should win this by 14+.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on the Sky Sports Red Button/website.

Average score: Cheetahs 37 Rebels 24

Last five results
18 Mar 2012 Cheetahs v Rebels 33-26 Melbourne
21 May 2011 Cheetahs v Rebels 41-21 Bloemfontein

Cheetahs overall record against the Rebels
Played 2 ,Wins 2,Losses 0, Draws 0

Match No.40. : Cheetahs v Rebels
Date : Saturday 30 March
Venue : Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Kick Off local: 17:05
Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 1:Lourens van der Merwe
Assistant Ref 2:Stefan Breytenbach
TMO : Johan Greeff



Hennie Daniller, Willie le Roux, Johan Sadie, Robert Ebersohn, Raymond Rhule, Riaan Smit, Sarel Pretorius, Phillip van der Walt, Lappies Labuschagne, Heinrich Brussow, Francois Uys, Lood de Jager, Lourens Adriaanse, Adriaan Strauss (captain), Trevor Nyakane.

Replacements: Ryno Barnes, Coenie Oosthuisen, Rynhard Landman, Boom Prinsloo, Piet van Zyl, Burton Francis, Ryno Benjamin.


1 Nic Henderson, 2 Ged Robinson, 3 Paul Alo-Emile, 4 Hugh Pyle, 5 Luke Jones, 6 Gareth Delve, 7 Jordy Reid, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 9 Nick Phipps, 10 Angus Roberts, 11 Jason Woodward, 12 Lachlan Mitchell, 13 Mitch Inman, 14 Richard Kingi, 15 James O'Connor

Replacements :16 Shota Horie, 17 Laurie Weeks, 18 Cadeyrn Neville, 19 Jarrod Saffy, 20 Scott Fuglistaller, 21 Nic Stirzaker, 22 Rory Sidey, 23 Tom English

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