"The Honey Badger" is set to take on the Cheetahs in South Africa. Image courtesy of: the couriermail.com.au
Cheetahs v Force
Free State Rugby Stadium, Bloemfontein
Sunday May 11 – 1:05 AM (AEST)
The Western Force are heading into this week’s match 6-3 and sitting fifth on the ladder. Can’t say I’ve ever seen them in this sort of form before. Whether it’s the attitude this season or the “Honey Badger” Nick Cummins's post-match interviews, you just have to love what they are doing this year. The Cheetahs are sitting dead-last, and are playing with no conviction at all.
Force coach Michael Foley must be proud of his men. They don’t have a host of superstars like their Australian counter-parts, but they have managed to climb the ladder and are positioned in the top 6. So why would you change a winning formula? The Force have named an unchanged line-up for Sunday morning's clash, with former Cheetah Sias Ebersohn playing his first game in Bloemfontein since joining the Force at the end of 2013.
At the bottom of the ladder is a daunting place to be. The Cheetahs have been floating around the bottom for a number of seasons, but finished in the top 6 last season. That form has not lasted, with the Cheetahs only winning 2 games so far this year. Johan Goosen (concussion) and prop Coenie Oosthuizen have been added to the starting side after making an impact of the bench last week . Raymond Rhule has been named despite an ankle injury, with Cornal Hendricks on standby to start on the wing.
Form is one thing, but if you go by past statistics, the Force has lost their past three matches against the Cheetahs, including two at Bloemfontein. The Cheetahs can be unpredictable, but the Force should still come out victors in this one.
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