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Willie le Roux celebrates a Cheetahs victory over the Sharks in their last meeting

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Article Published: Thursday 17 April 2014|

Out of the last five Super Rugby matches between the Sharks and the Cheetahs the Sharks have won four and the Cheetahs one.

The Sharks have played the Cheetahs 11 times since the Cheetahs joined Super Rugby in 2006 through the Super 14.

In those 11 Super Rugby matches the Sharks have won 7 times and lost four matches. That gives the Sharks a record of winning 64% of their matches against the Cheetahs.

The average score when the Sharks play the Cheetahs is Sharks 24 Cheetahs 19.

The match this week the match will be played in Durban which is home for the Sharks and where the teams have met 6 times.

Surprisingly the Sharks have only won three of their six matches at home against the Crusaders which gives the a record of winning 50% of their matches at home.

The average score when the Sharks play the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein is : Sharks 24 Cheetahs 17.

The last time the Cheetahs played in Durban they beat the Sharks 6-12. That was their first victory over the Sharks in six attempts as they lost every match to the Sharks between February 2010 and April 2013.

In terms of form these teams could not be more different. The Sharks lead the Super Rugby standings while the Cheetahs are down in 14th place.

The Sharks have only lost one match in their last seven matches while the Cheetahs have only won one match in their last eight.

Both teamsí defensive statistics paint a proper picture as to why they occupy these positions on the log.

The Sharks have conceded only eight tries in their seven matches to date - five fewer than the next best team in the competition, the Waratahs.

On the other side of the scale is the Cheetahs. Although their 21 tries scored is five more than the Sharks, the 35 they've conceded is 14 more than that of the Highlanders, who have leaked the second most number of tries with 21 this season.

The Cheetahs of 2013 were a vastly different breed to the Cheetahs of 2014. The Cheetahs have had some good moments in 2014 but their results say a lot about where there are.

The Bookies have given the Cheetahs a 14 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $250.00 Bet. The Sharks are unbeaten at home this season and the Cheetahs haven't shown us any reasons why that will change. The Sharks should win this comfortably by 14.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Demand Sky Sports section on Sunday.

Average score: Sharks 24 Cheetahs 19

Last five results
20 Apr 2013 Sharks v Cheetahs 6-12 Durban
23 Feb 2013 Sharks v Cheetahs 29-22 Bloemfontein
14 Jul 2012 Sharks v Cheetahs 34-15 Durban
19 May 2012 Sharks v Cheetahs 34-20 Bloemfontein
04 Jun 2011 Sharks v Cheetahs 23-18 Bloemfontein

Sharks overall record against the Cheetahs
Played 11, Wins 7, Losses 4, Draws 0

Match No. 60: Sharks v Cheetahs
Date :Saturday 19 April
Venue : Kings Park
Kick Off local: 15:00
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1: Craig Joubert
Assistant Ref 2: Marius Jonker
TMO: Deon van Blommenstein



15. Lwazi Mvovo , 14. Tonderai Chavhanga , 13. S'bura Sithole , 12. Frans Steyn , 11. JP Pietersen , 10. Tim Swiel , 9. Charl McLeod , 8. Keegan Daniel , 7. Jean Deysel , 6. Marcell Coetzee , 5. Stephan Lewies , 4. Willem Alberts , 3. Jannie du Plessis , 2. Bismarck du Plessis (C) , 1. Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements :16. Kyle Cooper , 17. Dale Chadwick , 18. Lourens Adriaanse , 19. Etienne Oosthuizen , 20. Ryan Kankowski , 21. Stefan Ungerer , 22. Heimar Williams , 23. SP Marais


Hennie Daniller, Cornal Hendricks, Johann Sadie, Rayno Benjamin, Willie le Roux, Elgar Watts, Sarel Pretorius, Boom Prinsloo, Jean Cook, Heinrich Brussow, Francois Uys, Lodewyk de Jager, Maks van Dyk, Adriaan Strauss (captain), Caylib Oosthuizen.

Replacements: Ryno Barnes, Trevor Nyakane, Rossouw de Klerk, Andries Ferreira, Teboho Mohoje, Shaun Venter, Riaan Smit, Raymond Rhule.

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