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Cheetahs v.s Sharks Super Rugby preview

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Last season’s Super Rugby finalists the Sharks take on their bogey side the Cheetahs in this all South African derby.

Venu: Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein.

Kick-off Sat 23 Feb: 17:05 (Local)

24 Feb Aus. 02:05 (Sydney)

24 Feb NZ 04:05 (Auck)

Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)

Weather: Hot and dry with a moderate breeze.


Cheetahs: 15. Hennie Daniller, 14. Willie le Roux, 13. Johann Sadie, 12. Robert Ebersohn, 11. Raymond Rhule, 10. Johan Goosen, 9. Piet van Zyl, 8. Philip van der Walt, 7. Lappies Labuschagne, 6. Frans Viljoen, 5. Francois Uys, 4. Lood de Jager, 3. Lourens Adriaanse, 2. Adriaan Strauss (c), 1. Trevor Nyakane. Bench: 16. Ryno Barnes, 17. Coenie Oosthuizen, 18. Waltie Vermeulen, 19. Boom Prinsloo, 20. Sarel Pretorius, 21. Elgar Watts, 22. Ryno Benjamin.


Sharks: 15. Louis Ludik, 14. JP Pietersen, 13. Paul Jordaan, 12. Francois Steyn (c), 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Patrick Lambie, 9. Cobus Reinach, 8. Ryan Kankowski, 7. Marcell Coetzee, 6. Jacques Botes, 5. Franco van der Merwe, 4. Anton Bresler, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Craig Burden, 1. Tendai Mtawarira. Bench: 16. Kyle Cooper, 17. Wiehahn Herbst, 18. Pieter-Steph du Toit, 19. Jean Deysel, 20. Charl McLeod, 21. Meyer Bosman, 22. Odwa Ndungane.


Previous results:  

Cheetahs:  Away 17 – 33 Lions

Home 27 – 26 Stormers

Away 10 – 32 Bulls (most recent fixture).

Sharks:   Home 71 – 8 Leopards

Away 50 – 19 Pumas (most recent fixture).


Betting: Outright: 9/4 v.s 4/9

Handicap: +6 v.s -6


The preseason results of both sides are difficult to compare as the Cheetahs faced tougher opposition in their previous matches. The Cheetahs have the added advantage of being acclimatised to the high altitude and the Sharks are also missing many key players at present. On paper the Sharks appear the stronger of the two outfits, however this match may end up being closer than many may expect.

Prediction: Sharks to win.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.b.robarts Andrew Bunty Robarts

    Sharks by 30… at least!!

  • http://twitter.com/steyn_05 Riaan Steyn

    Heart says Cheetahs, but the fingers settled on the Sharks by 4

  • Willem

    Well the Cheetahs have always been the sharks bogey side, should be a nice game to watch. Let’s hope for Cheetahs, just cause they deserve a win first up :)