Currie Cup Preview: Cheetahs vs SharksAuthor: Shaun | Filed under: Currie Cup, Match Previews
Match Date: Friday 23 August
The Cheetahs finally get to kick off their home campaign! After 1 away win and 1 away almost win, the Free State union will look to settle into cruise control when they host the Sharks on Friday night. The visitors have been consistently inconsistent so far and unless they find their socks and pull them up then they will be in trouble.
The Cheetahs were almost off to a golden start in their Currie Cup campaign but after rocketing 14-0 ahead last weekend, they took their foot off the gas and let the boys from Cape Town snatch victory like it was the last sandwich on the tray during lunchtime in the boarding establishment! Speaking of snatching sandwiches, Big Trevor Nyakane did not make it on the plane to Argentina due to weight restrictions but the supposed eating habits of this rather large fellow haven’t stopped him from forcing his way straight into the starting XV of the Cheetahs. All-in-all, the Cheetahs let themselves down last weekend and will be certain to approach this match like there is no tomorrow and that odd shaped ball will be tossed around like a flaming porcupine!
The Sharks didn’t get off to a great start last weekend but they wouldn’t care for that much because after 80 minutes they were ahead on the scoreboard and that’s all that matters to them right now. It was another (un)impressive performance by the black and white
dynamite as they tripped, stumbled and fumbled their way to a reasonable win. After gifting 14 points to the Lions by way of an intercept try and defensive patterns that resemble a 50 year old fishing net, the Sharks managed to up their game and dominate like the playground bully when it came to ruck time. However, the Sharks are on enemy territory this weekend and will definitely need to take a solid supply of cement with them if they are going to do the dirty in the Cheetahs back yard. This will be an interesting bout.
The visitors have been less than convincing in their last 2 matches and that’s going to put this result in favour of the…..CHEETAHS to send the Sharks packing!
It will be a close match (as have all of the matches thus far) but we’re predicting a try fest as opposed to the usual slug fest!
Pretty much the whole team….
Robert Ebersohn – Was very inconspicuous last weekend but is seldom out of the mix for very long.
Elgar Watts - Whatever you can do, I can do better! Watts displayed his own brand of footwork wizardry last weekend when he beat 3 defenders to dot down for a 5 pointer – it was pretty epic.
Sarel Pretorius – Super Sarel continues to crack the nod over his competition although this weekend his competition is in Argentina so he may see a full 80 minutes for a change.
Phillip Van Der Walt & Pieter Labuschagne – Can’t leave them out, just can’t!
Lwazi Mvovo - The gasman for the Sharks had a quiet one last weekend, we expect it’ll be his last.
Jean Deysel - Strap a chain on his back and connect him to a crane, the human wrecking ball just keeps on wrecking!
Butch James - Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, take a look at the stats page for players and you’ll see what we’re talking about!
Jacques Botes – Ditto for this guy, take a second look at the stats table and you’ll see who’s sitting second overall!
Keegan Daniel – His 1st game of the season, should have some fire in his belly for this one.
Sharks have earned themselves a 2 point head start and that will come with a return of 1.9:1.
The Cheetahs are out in front with the favourites tag where a win will give you odds of 1.6:1 whereas backing the Sharks will earn you 2.2:1!
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