Posted on Thursday, 04 May 2018
On Saturday, 5 May, Parc y Scarlets will bear witness to a historic clash with the home side, Scarlets, having finished second in Conference B and the Toyota Cheetahs third in Conference A. The action will be screened live by SuperSport 1 at 19:35 (SA time).
Both of these teams have been responsible for the most daring and exciting play in Guinness PRO14 and now they meet with a Semi-Final trip to Glasgow on the line.
Glasgow Warriors and Leinster are already safely through to the Semi-Finals having finished top of their Conferences.
Scarlets have been unbeaten in their last 20 home matches in Guinness PRO14, but the Toyota Cheetahs is not afraid to take up the challenge.
“It’s quite exciting to hear that the support is there and everybody’s excited about the game,” said coach Rory Duncan.
“It’s obviously a special game for us, I don’t think there’s any moving away from the guys realising that they’re in the play-offs and it’s exciting for us to be there.”
“With regards to the Scarlets and the way they’ve performed they’re obviously a quality outfit and they’ve got some great players in their line-up. We’ve obviously done our prep and our homework in terms of this game as we have with every other where we’ve faced quality players.”
The Toyota Cheetahs and Starlets’ only previous encounter was in round 10 in Bloemfontein, with the Toyota Cheetahs winning have 28-21.
Coach Rory Duncan has announced his team with some changes from last week. Springbok, Johan Goosen will be starting on fly half and Niel Marais moves to centre. Clinton Swart will be providing cover on the bench.
The following players are not eligible for team selection due to injury:
Dennis Visser (knee), Elandré Huggett (knee) Ruan van Rensburg (hand), Luan de Bruin (chest muscle), Shaun Venter (knee), Nico Lee (ankle), Luther Obi (knee).
Scarlets vs Toyota Cheetahs
5 May 2018. Kick-off: 19:35 (SA Time)
Parc y Scarlets Stadium, Llanelli
15 Clayton Blommetjies
14 William Small-Smith
13 Francois Venter ( C)
12 Niel Marais
11 Sibahle Maxwane
10 Johan Goosen
9 Tian Meyer
1 Ox Nche
2 Torsten van Jaarsveld
3 Johan Coetzee
4 Carl Wegner
5 Rynier Bernardo
6 Paul Schoeman
7 Oupa Mohoje
8 Uzair Cassiem
16 Jacques du Toit
17 Charles Marais
18 Tom Botha
19 Reniel Hugo
20 Henco Venter
21 Zee Mkhabela
22 Clinton Swart
23 Lloyd Greeff
The referee for the match is George Clancy. He will be assisted by Frank Murphy and Mike Adamson. The TMO is Leo Colgan.