The first of Saturday's Super Rugby Unlocked matches sees the Cheetahs clash with Griquas in Bloemfontein with both sides looking for momentum to take into the Currie Cup.
Cheetahs v Griquas, Saturday 21st November, Bloemfontein, KO 16:30 (South African time)
Referee: AJ Jacobs
Assistant Refs: Griffin Colby, Ben Crouse
TMO : Willie Vos
Weather Forecast - Bloemfontein
The Cheetahs are back in Bloem for the first time since Round 2. Their tournament began with back to back home wins, 53-31 over the Pumas and 19-17 against the Bulls but there has been little to shout about since then.
A Round 3 clash with the Lions was postponed due to an outbreak of Covid in the Lions ranks and the game was declared a draw, Thereafter they went down 19-13 away to the Sharks, a game they led heading into the final 10 minutes and last weekend they crashed 30-13 away to the Stormers.
The Cheetahs come into the final round 5 points behind the Stormers and the Sharks and 7 shy of the Bulls and they will be looking to make up ground before we head into the Currie Cup, a title they won in 2019.
Cheetahs Fixtures and Results
R1 Pumas (h) won 53-31, R2 Bulls (h) won 19-17, R3 Lions (a) postponed, draw, R4 bye, R5 Sharks (a) lost 19-13, R6 Stormers (a) lost 30-13, R7 Griquas (h).
The Griquas are bottom of the log and still without a win but they came mighty close when hosting the Sharks last weekend. Despite being given the best part of 20 points start on the handicap they were beaten 34-33 with the Sharks landing a decisive score with a penalty at the death.
A week before Griquas went down 39-6 at home to the Stormers and in earlier results they were beaten 61-31 away to the Lions, 27-21 at home to the Pumas and 30-23 away to the Bulls.
The Griquas remain rooted to the foot of the table, with 3 losing bonus points to their name and a points difference of -77.
Griquas Fixtures and Results
R1 Bulls (a) lost 30-23, R2 Pumas (h) lost 27-21, R3 bye, R4 Lions (a) lost 61-31, R5 Stormers (h) lost 39-6, R6 Sharks (h) lost 34-33, R7 Cheetahs (a).
Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Rhyno Smith, 13 Howard Mnisi, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Rosko Specman, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Jeandré Rudolph, 7 Aidon Davis, 6 Andisa Ntsila, 5 Carl Wegner (captain), 4 Ian Groenewald, 3 Hencus van Wyk, 2 Reinach Venter, 1 Boan Venter.
Replacements: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Cameron Dawson, 18 Khutha Mchunu, 19 Teboho Mohoje, 20 Chris Massyn, 21 Ruben de Haas, 22 Reinhardt Fortuin, 23 William Small-Smith.
Griquas: 15 Masixole Banda, 14 Ederies Arendse, 13 Harlon Klaasen, 12 Johnathan Francke, 11 Eduan Keyter, 10 Tinus de Beer, 9 Zak Burger, 8 Carl Els, 7 Stefan Willemse, 6 Gideon van der Merwe, 5 Cameron Lindsay, 4 Adré Smith, 3 Ewald van der Westhuizen, 2 HJ Luus, 1 Mox Mxoli.
Replacements – from: Monde Hadebe, Andrew Beerwinkel, Madot Mabokela, Ewan Coetzee, CJ Velleman, Theo Maree, André Swarts, Daniel Kasende, Bandisa Ndlovu, Sibabalo Qoma, Ashlon Davids
Recent Head to Head - Currie Cup
2019 Cheetahs 68-14 Griquas
2018 Griquas 52-24 Cheetahs
2017 Griquas 59-24 Cheetahs
2017 Cheetahs 25-30 Griquas
2016 Cheetahs 63-26 Griquas
2015 Cheetahs 44–24 Griquas
2015 Griquas 9-31 Cheetahs
2014 Griquas 25-36 Cheetahs
2014 Cheetahs 34-27 Griquas
Cheetahs -18.5 points at 9/10
Griquas +20.5 points at 9/10
Note, odds quoted are available at the time of writing but are subject to change.
This is a game where I will be looking at the points markets when they come out and will post any bets in the Goodforthegame Forum thread
Griquas were impressive last week against the Sharks and I was impressed with De Beer at 10, he certainly has an educated boot and can keep a team on the front foot.I expect the Cheetahs to get on top up front though and think they will prove too strong for the Griquas and will win this going away. The -18.5 handicap would have arrived in 3 of the last 4 Currie Cup matches in Bloem between the sides and in the last 3 Cheetahs victories as one of those 4 matches was a rare Griquas victory away at their neighbours.
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