Cheetahs still on winning path

2019-10-09 06:01
The Toyota Cheetahs Rhyno Smith tumbles in joy to celebrate scoring one the two tries in the 63-26 demolition of Ulster in the Pro14 last Saturday (5/10) in Bloemfontein. Photos: Mlungisi Louw

The Toyota Cheetahs Rhyno Smith tumbles in joy to celebrate scoring one the two tries in the 63-26 demolition of Ulster in the Pro14 last Saturday (5/10) in Bloemfontein. Photos: Mlungisi Louw

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Still tails in the air following two home wins in the Guinness Pro 14 tournament, the Cheetahs look to continue their onslaught against Munster in their next home fixture.

The match will be played in the Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein on Friday (11/10) at 18:15.

The Cheetahs have exploited their home turf well thus far, beating Glasgow Warriors by 48 – 14 and Ulster by 63 – 26.

They now look to put Munster to the sword in Friday’s top-of-the-table clash.

Both teams are unbeaten in the competition, topping their respective conferences, A and B, with ten points.

The Cheetahs’ 71 points, how­ever, gives them the edge over Munster’s 41.

The team from Ireland is gunning for maximum points to extend its lead in conference B.

Both teams are looking to end the other’s winning streak in Friday’s pulsating rugby encounter.

The Cheetahs remain the only team undefeated in conference A while the visitors, Munster, are one of the three clubs boasting a clean record.

Munster’s players will be inspired by their 31 – 20 win over the Kings in a match played in Port Elizabeth on Saturday (05/10).

The Cheetahs’ fine form and home ground advantage, however, give them an edge over the visitors.

The home lads were ruthless against Ulster, scoring nine tries, and now hope to emulate the devas­tating form ahead of the tour abroad.

A victory for the Cheetahs will be a necessary boost ahead of their away match against Connacht, also from Ireland, on 26 October.

This crucial match will test the Free Staters’ ability in the championship.

The Cheetahs will play at least nine matches overseas in their quest to qualify for the quarter­finals group stage, which will be played in June 2020.

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