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The Cheetahs will be the first South African team to play in the new 18 team Super Rugby format when they host newcomers the Jaguares in Bloemfontein on Friday.

This year the Cheetahs have a new coach Franco Smith and a new captain Francois Venter but they will be without some of their better players from last year such as Willie le Roux who has moved on to the Sharks.

Even though the Cheetahs don’t appear to be as strong as they were last year on paper they have gone well in preseason matches having beaten the Bulls and the Kings. That said pre-season form can mean nothing.

The Jaguares had a mixed pre-season as they were beaten by the Stormers in Cape Town but then beat the Lions in Johannesburg. They style of play that the Jagures showed in their pre-season was a free flowing and quick passing game which the Cheetahs could struggle to contain given their history of defensive problems.

No expansion team has ever won their opening match. For example in their first ever Super Rugby match the Rebels were beaten 43-0 by the Waratahs at home.

The Jaguares are however a team mainly made up of an international side that reached the semi-finals in the world cup last year.

The Cheetahs win just 41 % of their home matches against all opposition so against what is almost an international side they could be up against it.

Given that both teams like free running rugby this will most likely be a high scoring match.

The Bookies have given the Cheetahs a 6 point start for this Match – with an an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. We are going to back the Jaguares to make history by winning their first match. Jaguares by 7.

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

Match No.3:Cheetahs v Jaguares
Date : Friday 26 February 2016
Venue : Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein
Kick Off local: 19:00 local
Referee: Stuart Berry
Assistant Ref 1:Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant Ref 2:Lourens van der Merwe
TMO :Johan Greeff

Teams

Cheetahs

15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter (captain), 12 William Small-Smith, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Niell Jordaan, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Boom Prinsloo, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Maks van Dyk, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Charles Marais

Replacements: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Ox Nche, 18 Luan de Bruin, 19 Reniel Hugo, 20 Henco Venter, 21 Paul Schoeman, 22 Tian Meyer, 23 Niel Marais

Jaguares

1 . Lucas Noguera, 2. Agustin Creevy (c), 3. Ramiro Herrera, 4. Guido Petti, 5. Thomas Lavanini, 6. Pablo Matera, 7. Rodrigo Baez, 8. Leonardo Senatore, 9. Martin Landajo, 10. Nicolas Sanchez, 11. Emiliano Boffelli, 12. Jeronimo De la Fuente, 13. Matias Moroni, 14. Santiago Cordero, 15.Joaquin Tuculet.

Replacements : 16.Julian Montoya, 17. Santiago Garcia Botta, 18. Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 19. Matias Alemanno, 20. Facundo Isa, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22. Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 23. Matias Orlando

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3 Comments

  1. Herman Goosen

    25th February 2016 at 6:01 pm

    A serious drawback for the Cheetahs have always been their lack of solving solid defence structures, individual playing styles and frustration due their unwillingnes to play towards the opposition tryline through good build up phases.

    This style of rugby have under Naka led to constant underperformance and massive exodus of disillusioned players. The Cheetahs will have to take the same route the Lions did and turn some current mediocre players into seasoned experience. I don’t expect much of them this year. They need to retain whatever they have to create consistency.

    I am concerned about their lack of depth. A particular problem this year seems to be the No. 10 position.

  2. Riaan

    26th February 2016 at 5:40 am

    The Kings beat the Force on their first ever game! So an expansion team has won their opening match.

    • Super Rugby

      26th February 2016 at 1:55 pm

      I think you will find that was in Round 2 so not their opening match.

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