Cheetahs in tight spot

2015-04-29 14:10

THE Toyota Cheetahs are desperate to redeem themselves in Saturday’s (02/05) must-win Super Rugby clash against the Stormers at the Free State Stadium.

Kick-off is at 17:05.

The Cheetahs have lost seven out of ten matches so far in the competition and they are in the precarious position of fighting to keep their dream of reaching the Super Rugby play-offs alive.

The side, which looked so promising after Round 2 of this year’s campaign, have blown more cold than hot this season and they will have to be fired up on Saturday to beat the resurgent Stormers on their home turf.

Defeats by the Reds and Lions in Johannesburg last weekend have elevated this week’s match to a must-win clash for the Bloemfontein side.

With only six matches remaining, the Cheetahs need to rediscover their winning mojo. Fortunately, four of those matches will be at their fortress where they’ve registered only one win this year.

After Saturday’s match, the Cheetahs will welcome both the Highlanders and Lions to the Free State Stadium in the next two weeks, before facing the Stormers in Cape Town on 30 May.

Those fixtures will be followed by a Waratahs visit on 6 May and the Cheetahs will wrap up their season away to the Bulls a week later.

Meanwhile, the Free State XV will entertain the Western Province in the Vodacom Cup match at the Free State Stadium, kicking off at 14:30.

Rory Duncan’s boys, who defeated the border Lions 14-10 in Port Elizabeth last Friday (24/04), will be hoping to register their fifth win on the trot against the visitors.

While Free State XV are sitting third in the South Section log after collecting 19 points in 5 matches, Province are perched at the top of the log with 23 points. They are the only unbeaten side in their stream

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