Cheetahs want win

2016-06-29 06:00

THE Toyota Cheetahs will be continuing on the path to redeem themselves in their Vodacom Super Rugby match against the Force on Saturday (02/07).

The hosts are still oozing confidence after their morale-boosting 34-20 win over the Southern Kings.

This win-fixture was also played in their backyard at the Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein.

The victory over the lacklustre Southern Kings was the Free State rugby giants’ third in the championship.

They are taking on the Western Force with the prospect of recording their fourth win.

Such a win would see them improve their standing on the log.

Qualifying for the championship play-offs may not be easily achievable for the Cheetahs who, while eager to show their mettle against the visitors, will have to contend with a side that is also determined to stake their claim.

Both teams are equally determined to redeem themselves in the championship.

Despite the Force also not in title contention and placed bottom of the table, Saturday’s fixture will certainly not be a walk in the park for the Cheetahs.

Their opponents still have a fighting spirit in them.

The visitors had displayed in their two recent games, against the Rebels and the Blues, that they are capable of pulling off upsets if underrated.

Despite losing by 27-22 and 13-17 respectively, they certainly made their opponents sweat to win.

The Force’s last win was a 40-22 over the Japanese team, the Sunwolves.

In the Cheetahs they face a stronger opponent but would be gunning for another win over a foreign side.

The Cheetahs on the other hand are compelled to turn around their misfortunes to give their staunch supporters something to shout about.

Victory would see the Free State side improve their fifth position on the table.

The Cheetahs are well-rested.

The head coach, Franco Smith, expects his charges to be on the offensive and fire from all cylinders in this must-win match.

Kick-off is at 15:00.

The Toyota Tailgate will be open two hours before the game, 14:00 to 16:00, and an hour after the game. For more info, visit Cheetahs Rugby on Facebook.

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