Big cats set to clash in Free State stadium

2017-08-23 06:02

The Toyota Free State Cheetahs are upbeat about putting the Golden Lions to the sword when they meet in the forthcoming Currie Cup fixture on Saturday (26/08) in the Free State stadium.

The on-form Cheetahs go into this encounter looking for their fifth win in the competition and third victory on their home turf in Bloemfontein.

The Free State rugby giants are the defending champions, having won last year and making history by completing the prestigious competition undefeated.

The Cheetahs are still inspired after their jail-breaking win of 40-41 over the Blue Bulls on Saturday (19/08).

The emphatic victory was the Cheetahs’ second on the road after the first against the Pumas (45-34) in Nelspruit.

The Free State rugby side’s single defeat was to neighbours of Northern Cape, the Griquas (25-30), in Bloemfontein.

As things stand, the Cheetahs have a quality chance to stretch the lead at the top with victory over lacklustre Lions, currently at the foot of the log with nine points after a single win.

If they guard against any complacency, and show their pedigree, the Cheetahs are favourites to come out victorious in this battle of the big cats.

Victory will see the Cheetahs consolidate their standing at the top of the log.

Currently they boast 21 points at the helm of the log followed by the Sharks in second place on 20 points and Western Pro­vince on 16 points.

The three top-seeded teams have played five games thus far.

The two coastal teams, Sharks and Western Province, will face off in an intriguing outing on Saturday hoping to close on the leaders, the Cheetahs.

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