Motivated Cheetahs to enter match

2016-02-24 06:00
MOTIVATED: The Toyota Cheetahs will be motivated going into their Super Rugby opener against the Jaguares on Friday (26/02). Photo: Steve Haag

MOTIVATED: The Toyota Cheetahs will be motivated going into their Super Rugby opener against the Jaguares on Friday (26/02). Photo: Steve Haag

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THE Toyota Cheetahs will be donning an unusual black kit when they face Super Rugby rookies Jaguares on Friday night (26/02).

The move by the Cheetahs to wear a black kit in their Super Rugby opener forms part of their celebration after Toyota had extended their sponsorship deal for another three years.

“The Free State is home to a lot of rugby talent on and off the field. We are proud to be associated with the Free State Rugby Union and stadium,” said Calvyn Hamman, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Toyota South Africa Motors.

“We believe that a holistic sponsorship of the union creates a unique opportunity for the Toyota brand to not only be associated with rugby, but with other sporting codes as well,” he said.

The announcement was made during the Cheetahs’ awards and 2016 Season Launch ceremony held in Bloemfontein last Friday (19/02).

Meanwhile, Franco Smith’s men will be motivated going into this fixture after winning their pre-season matches against the Bulls (28-10) and the Southern Kings (21-11) in Zimbabwe and Port Elizabeth, respectively.

The Free Staters will be aiming to kick off the new season on a positive note by defeating the newcomers, but they are aware it will not be a stroll in the park.

The visitors have proven that they are a quality side by defeating the Lions by 49-28 in a friendly in Johannesburg this past weekend.

It would be suicidal for the home side to underestimate them.

The Cheetahs will announce their team that will face the Jaguares in a press conference in Bloemfontein on Wednesday (24/02).

Kick-off at the Toyota Stadium (formerly Free State Stadium) is scheduled for 19:00.

The Free Staters will be aiming to kick off the new season on a positive note by defeating the newcomers, but they are aware it will not be a stroll in the park.

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