Out of the last five Super Rugby matches between the Bloemfontein based Cheetahs and the Durban based Sharks have won four and the Sharks one.
Overall the Cheetahs have played the Sharks 12 times since the Bloemfontein based team joined Super Rugby in 2006 through the Super14.
From those 12 Super Rugby matches the Cheetahs have won four and and lost eight matches. There have been no draws between the teams.
That gives the Cheetahs a record of winning 33% of their matches against the Sharks at all venues. The average score when the Cheetahs play the Sharks is : Cheetahs 18 Sharks 24.
This weekend the Cheetahs will have home advantage as the match will held in Bloemfontein where the teams have met five times.
In those five matches the Cheetahs have won one and lost four matches. That gives the Cheetahs a record of winning 20% of their home matches.
The average score when the Cheetahs host the Sharks in Bloemfontein is : Cheetahs 21 Sharks 24.
This year the Cheetahs have played 14 matches and they have won three matches, lost ten matches and drawn one. At home they have played seven matches and won three matches, lost three matches and drawn one.
That gives the Cheetahs a record of winning 43% of their home matches in 2014.
The Sharks have also played 14 matches so far but they have won ten matches and lost four. The Sharks have played six away matches and they have won four and lost two which gives them a record of winning 66% of their away matches.
In terms of overall form between the teams out of the last eight matches between the teams the Cheetahs have won two matches.
The Sharks started the June break leading the Super Rugby standings but as they were not playing last week they were overtaken by the Waratahs. They have already qualified for the play offs and can still finish anywhere in the top three places.
2014 has worked out very differently for the Cheetahs compared to last year when they reached the play offs. This year they are not the threat they were last year.
The Bookies have given the Cheetahs an 8 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $250.00 Bet. The Sharks should be too strong for the Cheetahs in this contest and if they struggle the Sharks have six Boks on the bench who can come on to give them a boost. The Sharks should win by 7 at least.
This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 1/HD on the Red Button.
Average score: Cheetahs 18 Sharks 24
Last five results
19 Apr 2014 Cheetahs v Sharks 8-19 Durban
20 Apr 2013 Cheetahs v Sharks 12-6 Durban
23 Feb 2013 Cheetahs v Sharks 22-29 Bloemfontein
14 Jul 2012 Cheetahs v Sharks 15-34 Durban
19 May 2012 Cheetahs v Sharks 20-34 Bloemfontein
Cheetahs overall record against the Sharks
Played 12 , Wins 4 , Losses 8, Draws 0
Match No. 112: Cheetahs v Sharks
Date :Saturday 5 July
Venue : Free State Stadium
Kick Off local: 19:10
Referee: Rohan Hoffmann
Assistant Ref 1: Stuart Berry
Assistant Ref 2: Francois de Bruin
TMO:Deon van Blommestein
1. Trevor Nyakane, 2. Adriaan Strauss (c), 3. Coenie Oosthuizen, 4. Lodewyk de Jager, 5. Francois Uys, 6. Torsten van Jaarsveld, 7. Teboho Mohoje, 8. Philip van der Walt, 9.Sarel Pretorius, 10. Johan Goosen, 11.Raymond Rhule, 12.Ryno Benjamin, 13. Johann Sadie, 14.Cornal Hendricks, 15. Willie le Roux (vc)
Replacements:16. Caylib Oosthuizen, 17. Luan de Bruin, 18. Carl Wegner, 19. Jean Cook, 20. Henco Venter, 21. Shaun Venter, 22. Elgar Watts, 23. Hennie Daniller
15. SP Marais , 14. JP Pietersen , 13. S'bura Sithole , 12. Frans Steyn , 11. Lwazi Mvovo , 10. Tim Swiel , 9. Cobus Reinach , 8. Ryan Kankowski , 7. Jean Deysel (c) , 6. Maroetzee , 5. Anton Bresler , 4. Stephan Lewies , 3. Lourens Adriaanse , 2. Kyle Cooper , 1. Dale Chadwick
Replacements : 16. Thomas du Toit , 17. Bismarck du Plessis , 18. Jannie du Plessis , 19. Willem Alberts , 20. Tera Mtembu , 21. Charl McLeod , 22. Odwa Ndungane , 23. Tonderai Chavhanga