Cheetahs ready to take on Blue Bulls

2015-08-05 06:00
THE mighty Free State Cheetahs will be hoping to kick off their Currie Cup campaign with a win over the Blue Bulls in Bloemfontein on Saturday (08/08). 

Steve Haag

THE mighty Free State Cheetahs will be hoping to kick off their Currie Cup campaign with a win over the Blue Bulls in Bloemfontein on Saturday (08/08). Photo: Steve Haag

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BLOEMFONTEIN will not be a place for the faint-hearted when the Toyota Free State Cheetahs face the Blue Bulls this weekend.

The sides meet in a titanic Absa Currie Cup clash in the Free State Stadium on Saturday (08/08). Kick-off is at 14:15.

“It is going to be a tough game. The fact that we had a good game against them the last time around doesn’t necessarily guarantee us a win.

“We’ll have to fight with everything we have to beat them,” Cheetahs coach, Franco Smith, told Express.

“The mood is sky high in the camp. We are highly motivated and the boys are ready for the match.

“Obviously, there has been a few changes in our team and I’ll be more interested to see how we have adapted. We want to lift up our own standard,” he said.

Apart from Carl Wegner who is out nursing an injury, Smith will be spoilt for choice in terms of selecting his team for the match.

“Most of the guys who were injured, have recovered. I think we have about 46 players available for this game. One thing I can tell you is the guys are fired up for the game against the Bulls,” Smith said.

“I’m happy with the way preparations are going so far. The guys have bought into the changes and are working very hard. We want to try and win every game, but we are not going to read too much into the first game of the Currie Cup season.

“Having said all that, I must say we are playing at home and should use the home ground advantage.

“We don’t want to disappoint our fans who will be coming to the match in their numbers,” he added.

The match is expected to be played in front of a capacity crowd as Toyota, Cheetahs title sponsor, have bought all the tickets for the encounter and those tickets were given to fans for free last week.

“I can confirm that no tickets are left for the match. We are expecting a full house on Saturday. The interest for the game is so big that fans collected all the tickets between Tuesday and Thursday last week,” said Ronel Pienaar, the Cheetahs’ manager for strategic communication.

In curtain-raiser matches, the Cheetahs u.19 side will battle it out against the Bulls u.19 team at 10:30.

In another match, the Cheetahs u.21 team will face the Bulls u.21 side at 12:00.

Gates to the stadium will open at 10:00

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