Titanic battle of cats looming

2016-09-14 06:00
THE Free State Cheetahs’ Reniel Hugo at the training preparing to spear-head his team against the Golden Lions. Photo: Mlungisi Louw

THE Free State Cheetahs’ Reniel Hugo at the training preparing to spear-head his team against the Golden Lions. Photo: Mlungisi Louw

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THE Premier Division Currie Cup championship contest sees a titanic battle of the big cats, featuring the Free State Cheetahs and the Golden Lions on Thursday (15/09) at the Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein.

The outing is crucial for the hosts, the Cheetahs, maintaining their unbeaten record after five tough encounters.

Kick-off is at 19:00.

Victory for the Cheetahs against fifth placed Lions in Thursday’s intriguing clash will see the hosts extend their lead at the helm of the table of the rugby championship.

Proving to be in fine form, the hosts will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to six games in the prestigious domestic rugby championship.

The Lions have lost two of their six fixtures played thus far. Last Saturday they suffered a 31-17 defeat to third-placed the Blue Bulls, while the Cheetahs continued their onslaught, beating the Cell C Sharks 38-30, away in Durban.

The win saw the Cheetahs move to the top of the table, replacing the very same rivals, the Sharks.

The Free State rugby giants remain the only unbeaten team in this year’s competition.

The win was historic for the Cheetahs as this was their first Currie Cup Premier Division win in Durban since 2009. Their victory was based on a powerful performance from their forwards and having the upper-hand in the scrums.

A win in Thursday’s tough encounter will see the Bloemfontein-based side extend their points lead over their strong challengers as the Sharks and the Bulls, who have also lost two matches in six fixtures of the championship.

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