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Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein, Saturday 4.10am (AEST) Last meeting: Round 6 2014 – Blues 40-30, Eden ParkHead-to-head: Played 8 Cheetahs 2 Blues 6In Bloemfontein: Played 4 Cheetahs 2 Blues 2Referee: Rohan Hoffmann (AUS)TV: Live, FoxSports 502Ladbrokes: Cheetahs $1.67, Blues $2.25 BetEasy: Cheetahs $1.60, Blues $2.35
AAP writes: The Cheetahs will be well rested after round one’s surprise win over the Sharks was followed by a bye. The Republic touring-Blues on the other have had a tough start to their campaign with two losses against top four sides. They’ve made changes aplenty, with rookie Melani Nanai replacing Ben Lam on the wing and Lolagi Visinia starting at fullback. That sees Charles Piutau move to outside centre, Hamish Northcott to No.12, and Francis Saili to the bench. All Blacks Charlie Faumuina and Patrick Tuipulotu also make their first starts of the season in the pack. Meanwhile the Cheetahs welcome back Springboks flyer Cornal Hendricks, while Carl Wegner comes in for the injured Lood de Jager (elbow).
CHEETAHS: Willie le Roux, Cornal Hendricks, Francois Venter, Michael van der Spuy, Raymond Rhule, Joe Pietersen, Sarel Pretorius, Willie Britz, Oupa Mohoje, Jean Cook, Francois Uys (capt), Carl Wegner, Coenie Oosthuizen, Torsten van Jaarsveld, Danie Mienie. Reserves: Stephan Coetzee, BG Uys, Maks van Dyk, Boom Prinsloo, Tienie Burger, Tian Meyer, Willie du Plessis, Johan Sadie.
BLUES: Lolagi Visinia, Melani Nanai, Charles Piutau, Hamish Northcott, Tevita Li, Ihaia West, Jimmy Cowan, Jerome Kaino (capt), Brendon O’Connor, Luke Braid, Patrick Tuipulotu, Josh Bekhuis, Charlie Faumuina, James Parsons, Tony Woodcock. Reserves: Matt Moulds, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Angus Ta’avao, Steven Luatua, Akira Ioane, Jamison Gibson-Park, Simon Hickey, Francis Saili
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