Cheetahs’ claws out for Lions

2016-10-12 06:00
SERGEAL PETERSEN is to spearhead the Cheetahs in Saturday's (15/10) semi-final . Photo: Mlungisi Louw

SERGEAL PETERSEN is to spearhead the Cheetahs in Saturday's (15/10) semi-final . Photo: Mlungisi Louw

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THE Toyota Cheetahs are on the verge of making history by going to the Currie Cup final undefeated.

Fulfilment of this dream will come with victory over determined Xerox Golden Lions in Saturday’s (15/10) adrenaline-pumping semi-final fixture to be played at the Toyota Stadium (Free State Stadium).

Equally hungry for Currie Cup glory, the two rivals eye a slot in this year’s final of the prestigious rugby championship.

The winner will either meet the Vodacom Blue Bulls or DHL Western Province in this year’s final. Western Province clash Bulls in the other semi-final in Pretoria.

Saturday’s pulsating semi-final between the Cheetahs and Lions sees a repeat of last year, in which the visitors were victorious. The hosts are gunning for revenge against the current reigning champions, the Lions.

Having a full-strength squad and injury-free, is a plus factor for Cheetahs head coach Franco Smith, who expects his lads to unleash their best against equally-determined Lions, who would want to defend their championship.

For the big plot against the defending champions, Smith will depend on the energetic players in the likes of Sergeal Petersen, Trevor Nyakane and Oupa Mohoje, as well as Lood de Jager.

De Jager and Mohoje returned to team action after doing duty for the senior men’s rugby team, Springboks for this year’s Castle Lager Rugby Championship.

The Lions were also given a boost by welcoming back their trusted three from the Springboks.

These are Malcolm Marx, Faf de Klerk and Julian Redelinghuys, returning after doing duty with the Springboks in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship.

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