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The third Super Rugby match on Saturday in Round 14 is in Cape Town where the Stormers host the Cheetahs in a South African derby match.

Earlier in the season the Stormers led the South African Group but they have now slipped to fourth place behind the Lions, Bulls and the Sharks. The Cheetahs are in fifth place.

After 13 rounds of Super Rugby the Stormers have played 11 matches and won 6. The Cheetahs have played 11 matches and won three.

The Stormers have already played the Cheetahs this year and they beat them 10-20 in Bloemfontein.

These two teams have played each other 16 times in Super Rugby since 2006 and the Stormers have won 11 matches and lost five times. This gives the Stormers a record of winning 69% of their matches against the Bloemfontein side.

The Stormers have had home advantage over the Cheetahs in 8 of the 16 matches and the Stormers have won 7 matches. The Cheetahs beat the Stormers in Cape Town in 2006 but since then the Stormers have won 7 straight matches.

The Stormers seven consecutive wins in Cape Town give them a record of winning 88% of their home matches against the Cheetahs. The average score when the Stormers play the Cheetahs in Cape Town is : Stormers 28 Cheetahs 13.

Stormers coach Robbie Fleck has given centre Daniel du Plessis his Super Rugby debut in this match and he take over from Juan de Jongh who is sidelined with a back strain.

In the forward pack Sikhumbuzo Notshe will start at No.8 in place of Schalk Burger who has not recovered from a foot injury, with JD Schickerling providing lock cover from the bench.

Johnny Kotze moves to the replacements bench in place of the injured Huw Jones.

The Cheetahs have made a couple of changes to the side that beat the Southern Kings before their bye last week. Tian Meyer and Shaun Venter have been rotated at half back.

Meyer comes into the starting lineup which pushes Venter will be getting his 50th (his 32nd cap for the Cheetahs) Super Rugby cap when he runs onto the field off the bench.

Elsewhere in the team Neill Jordaan will be replacing Henco Venter on the bench.

The Bookies have given the Cheetahs a 14 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets.The Stormers rarely lose at home and the Cheetahs have yet to threaten anyone in the top half of the table this season. The Stormers should win this by 15 or more.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ (Sky), Aus (Fox Sports), SA (SuperSport) and in the UK on Sky Sports 1/HD.

Average score: Stormers 25 Cheetahs 18

Last five results
05 Mar 2016 Stormers v Cheetahs 20-10 Bloemfontein
30 May 2015 Stormers v Cheetahs 42-12 Cape Town
02 May 2015 Stormers v Cheetahs 17-25 Bloemfontein
24 May 2014 Stormers v Cheetahs 33-0 Cape Town
26 Apr 2014 Stormers v Cheetahs 22-35 Bloemfontein

Stormers overall record against the Cheetahs
Played 16, Wins 11 , Losses 5 , Draws 0

Match No.106: Stormers v Cheetahs
Date : Saturday 28 May 2016
Venue : Newlands, Cape Town
Kick Off local: 15:00 local
Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 1:Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant Ref 2:Nick Briant
TMO :Shaun Veldsman

Teams

Stormers

15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Daniel du Plessis, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe (captain), 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Oli Kebble.

Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Alistair Vermaak, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 JD Schickerling, 20 Rynhardt Elstadt, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Brandon Thomson, 23 Johnny Kotze.

Cheetahs

Charles Marais, Torsten van Jaarsveld, Maks van Dyk, Lodewyk de Jager (vc), Francois Uys, Paul Schoeman, Oupa Mohoje, Uzair Cassiem, Tian Meyer, Fred Zeilinga, Raymond Rhule, Michael van der Spuy, Francois Venter (C), Sergeal Petersen, Clayton Blommetjies

Replacements: Jacques du Toit, Ox Nche, Luan de Bruin, Armandt Koster, Niell Jordaan, Shaun Venter, Niel Marais, Nico Lee

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