The Cheetahs beat the Waratahs 23-3 in Sydney when they last met in March last year and the victory was the Cheetahs first Super Rugby win in Australia.
The Cheetahs and the Waratahs have played each other 6 times since the Cheetahs joined Super Rugby in 2006.
The Cheetahs have won two of those matches and the Waratahs have won four times. This translates to the Cheetahs winning 33% of their matches against the Waratahs.
The average score when the Cheetahs play the Waratahs is Cheetahs 17 Waratahs 23.
The Cheetahs have hosted the Waratahs twice in those six matches and one match was played in Bloemfontein and the other was played in Kimberley.
The Cheetahs won in Kimberley and the Waratahs won in Bloemfontein so when the Cheetahs have a 50% record of winning matches against the Waratahs at home.
The average score when the Cheetahs play the Waratahs at home is Cheetahs 20 Waratahs 22. The last time the Cheetahs and Waratahs played met in Bloemfontein was in 2009 and the Waratahs won 10-18.
The Cheetahs have made three changes for this match with Andries Ferreira, Ashley Johnson and winger Rocco Jansen all being promoted to the starting line up.
The Waratahs have delayed naming their team until about 24 before kick off but they were expecting to name Drew Mitchell in the team for the first time this year.
The Bookies have given the Waratahs a 3 point start for this match - with an offer of Bet 5 and Get 50 in Bets. The Waratahs look like getting some stars back while the Cheetahs have named some regular bench players in the starting line up so their team is leaning towards second string. We are going against the Bookies. The Waratahs should sneak this by 3
This match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA but not in the UK at all.
Average score: Cheetahs 17 Waratahs 23
Last five results
19 Mar 2011 Cheetahs v Waratahs 23-3 Sydney
03 Apr 2010 Cheetahs v Waratahs 17-40 Sydney
01 May 2009 Cheetahs v Waratahs 10-18 Bloemfontein
, 28 Mar 2008 Cheetahs v Waratahs 19-23 Sydney
17 Feb 2007 Cheetahs v Waratahs 30-26 Kimberley
Cheetahs overall record against the Waratahs
Played 6 , Wins 2 , Losses 4, Draws 0
Match No.93:Cheetahs v Waratahs
Date Saturday 26 May
Venue : Bloemfontein
Kick Off local: 17:05
Referee: Craig Joubert
Assistant Ref 1:Sindile Mayende
Assistant Ref 2:Stefan Breytenbach
TMO : Gerrie Coetzee
Hennie Daniller, Rocco Jansen, Robert Ebersohn, Andries Strauss, Willie le Roux, Riaan Smit, Piet van Zyl, Philip van der Walt, Ashley Johnson, Heinrich Brussow, Andries Ferreira, Izak van der Westhuizen, WP Nel, Adriaan Strauss (captain), Coenie Oosthuizen.
Replacements: Hercu Liebenberg, Trevor Nyakane, Francois Uys, Justin Downey, Tewis de Bruyn, Sias Ebersohn, Philip Snyman.
15. Bernard Foley ,14. Tom Kingston ,13. Rob Horne ,12. Adam Ashley-Cooper ,11. Drew Mitchell ,10. Berrick Barnes (VC),9. Brendan McKibbin ,8. Wycliff Palu ,7. Chris Alcock ,6. Dave Dennis ,5. Kane Douglas ,4. Sitaleki Timani ,3. Sekope Kepu ,2. Tatafu Polota-Nau ,1. Benn Robinson (c)
Replacements:16. John Ulugia ,17. Jeremy Tilse ,18. Richard Stanford ,19. Lopeti Timani ,20. Sarel Pretorius ,21. Daniel Halangahu ,22. Tom Carter