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Duane Vermeulen spreads the ball for the Stormers against the Cheetahs

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Article Published: Thursday 24 April 2014|

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

Overall the Cheetahs have played the Stormers 11 times since they joined Super Rugby in 2006.

In those 11 Super Rugby matches the Cheetahs have won 3 matches and the Stormers 8 matches.

That gives the Cheetahs a record of winning 27% of their matches against the Cape Town based Stormers.

The average score across all venues when the Cheetahs play the Stormers is : Cheetahs 19 Stormers 24.

This weekend the match will be played in Bloemfontein which is home for the Cheetahs and will be the first of two matches to be played between the teams in 2014.

The Cheetahs have played the Stormers five times at home in Bloemfontein and they have won twice and lost three times.

Those two wins mean that the Cheetahs have won 40% of their home matches against the Stormers.

The average score when the Cheetahs play the Stormers in Bloemfontein is: Cheetahs 23 Stormers 24. On average the Stormers score 24 points at home or away against the Cheetahs.

The first match in Bloemfontein between the teams (2007) was won by the Cheetahs and they lost the next three matches (2009, 2011 and 2012). Last year in 2013 the Cheetahs ended that losing streak when they beat the Stormers 26-24.

2014 has been a bad year for both teams. They are currently sitting in 14th (Stormers) and 15th (Cheetahs) places.

The Cheetahs have played 9 matches so far this season and they have won one match and lost 8. The Stormers have played one less at 8 but they have won two matches.

The Cheetahs have played four matches at home and won one. They have lost two and drawn one. The Stormers on the other hand have played five matches away from home and have yet to win an away match.

Statistically it does not look good for either team this year.

In terms of selections the Cheetahs have made two changes with Raymond Rhule returning from injury and in the forwards Andries Ferreira replaces Lodewyk de Jager who drops out of the match day squad.

The Stormers have tinkered with their team as well and fullback Jaco Taute returns to the starting line up and joins rookie winger Devon Williams in the back three.

Peter Grant moves back into the No.10 shirt in the absence of Demetri Catrakilis who is injured.

Neither team has shown much form in 2014 but the Stormers won their last match while the Cheetahs have not won since the second round.

The Bookies have given the Stormers a 1 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $250.00 Bet. We probably agree with the bookies on this one. The Stormers have more experience and internationals so they could edge it. The Stormers should win by 1.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 2/HD on the Red Button.

Average score: Cheetahs 19 Stormers 24

Last five results
29 Jun 2013 Cheetahs v Stormers 3-28 Cape Town
06 Apr 2013 Cheetahs v Stormers 26-24 Bloemfontein
07 Jul 2012 Cheetahs v Stormers 6-13 Bloemfontein
12 May 2012 Cheetahs v Stormers 14-16 Cape Town
18 Jun 2011 Cheetahs v Stormers 34-44 Bloemfontein

Cheetahs overall record against the Stormers
Played 11, Wins 3, Losses 8 , Draws 0

Match No. 67: Cheetahs v Stormers
Date :Saturday 26 April
Venue : Free State Stadium
Kick Off local: 17:05
Referee: Craig Joubert
Assistant Ref 1: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant Ref 2: Francois de Bruin
TMO: Johan Greeff



1 Caylib Oosthuizen ,2 Adriaan Strauss (c ) ,3 Maks van Dyk ,4 Andries Ferreira ,5 Francois Uys ,6 Heinrich Brussow ,7 Jean Cook ,8 Boom Prinsloo ,9 Sarel Pretorius ,10 Elgar Watts ,11. Willie le Roux ( vc ) ,12 E Ryno Benjamin ,13 Johann Sadie ,14 Raymond Rhule ,15 Hennie Daniller

Replacements: 16. Torsten van Jaarsveld ,17. Trevor Nyakane ,18. Rossouw de Klerk ,19. Vermeulen ,20. Teboho Mohoje ,21. Shaun Venter ,22. Riaan Smit ,23. Cornal Hendricks


15. Jaco Taute , 14. Damian de Allende , 13. Juan de Jongh , 12. Jean de Villiers (captain) , 11. Devon Williams (On starting debut for the Stormers) , 10. Peter Grant , 9. Nic Groom , 8. Duane Vermeulen (vice-captain) , 7. Siya Kolisi , 6. Nizaam Carr , 5. Michael Rhodes , 4. Ruan Botha , 3. Frans Malherbe , 2. Deon Fourie , 1. Steven Kitshoff

Replacements: , 16. Stephan Coetzee , 17. Oliver Kebble , 18. Brok Harris , 19. Jurie van Vuuren , 20. Schalk Burger , 21. Louis Schreuder , 22. Kurt Coleman , 23. Kobus van Wyk

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