Ebersohns set to face off
Twins Sias and Robert Ebersohn will face each other for the first time in a major match when the Western Force host the Cheetahs in Perth on Saturday.
Sias will play at fly-half for the Force and Robert at inside centre for the Cheetahs who are hoping to end their four-match tour to Australia and New Zealand with a third straight win.
The Bloemfontein-based franchise are third in the South African conference behind the Bulls and Sharks.
Sias left the Cheetahs after a disappointing 2012 season during which he was dropped for the young Springbok pivot Johan Goosen. Any possibility of a showdown between Ebersohn and Goosen was ruled out this week when Goosen suffered a serious knee injury in training which could sideline him for the remainder of the Super Rugby season.
Ebersohn has been a key figure for the Force this season, kicking 14 points in their 19-12 win over the Reds last weekend.
Robert Ebersohn has also made his mark, scoring a try after only 47 seconds in the Cheetahs' fifth-round win over the Waratahs. The brothers have never played against each other in a competitive match and their meeting on Saturday adds spice to an already interesting match.
If the Cheetahs can bank another away win - bucking a trend in Super Rugby - they will be strongly placed to improve their standing when they return to South Africa. They face the Melbourne Rebels and Bulls at home in the next two rounds before traveling to face the Stormers and Sharks.
The battle between the Ebersohn brothers adds an additional factor to a match which is already important to both teams. Sias Ebersohn is determined to prove to the Cheetahs that they erred in allowing him to leave last season.
"It's a high-profile game and the first I will ever play against Robert, apart from trial and training matches," he said.
"But I am not going to concentrate the whole time on trying to show them they need me.
"I am over the Cheetahs, I am now at the Force and I have moved on. I will be concentrating on our performance as a team."
Ebersohn said he and his brother knew each other's games well, not especially because they are twins.
"I don't think it's a supernatural thing," he said. "It's more like two people who have spent their entire lives together.
"We shared the same room until age 22. I am living his emotions with him and it's been that way our whole life."