– The Cheetahs enter on the back of a 92-16 win over the Sunwolves
– The Rebels lost 38-13 to the Hurricanes last weekend at AAMI Park
– Sergeal Petersen and Paul Schoeman both crossed for a hat-trick last week, with the former now in second place on the overall try chart.
These two sides come into this clash in Melbourne after contrasting results and the Cheetahs will be looking to build on their impressive win over the Sunwolves, when they scored 14 tries. They are 1.75 underdogs in Melbourne with the hosts 0.50 and if you think the visitors can repeat their clinical Round 8 showing in Bloemfontein then a half-time/full-time punt on Franco Smith’s side is worth a look at 2.90.
However, that big win over the Sunwolves was only the Cheetahs’ second all season and what will be even more encouraging for the Rebels is that their other victory came against the same opposition in Round 3. There is no doubt the Rebels were off-colour last week against the Hurricanes so expect something of a backlash from them, with the travel factor of course another thing to consider when placing your bet.
The Rebels are still very much in the frame for the Australian conference as they sit second in that group, four points off the Brumbies. Expect plenty of points as the Cheetahs will want to express themselves early on, so get on the first (0.85) as the highest-scoring half.