Stormers v Cheetahs Super Rugby preview

The Stormers historically have the meanest defence of the South African teams in Super Rugby, but they are at their meanest when play the Cheetahs.


The Cape team conceded only 11 tries from their fi ve matches against their Free State opponents at an average of 2.2 per game. This in comparison to their overall average of conceding 2.7 tries per fixture throughout the history of the Super Rugby.


Only the Western Force, at an average of two from their fi ve games, have found try scoring to be a tougher ask against the Stormers. The Cape team have only conceded fi ve tries from their three home games against the Cheetahs.


During last year’s Super 14, the hosts conceded one try during their 21-8 victory. In 2008 the Cheetahs ran in three tries before defeating the Stormers 34-22.


The Blues have the most successful Super Rugby franchise that has consistently breached the Cape team’s try line.


The Aucklanders have scored a total of 49 tries at an average of 3.5 from their 14 games. Two other New Zealand franchises – Highlanders (3.2) and the Crusaders (3.07) are the other teams who have scored an average of three tries per game against the Stormers.


The Cheetahs started Super Rugby quite effectively against the Stormers and beat them on their first two attempts. However in 2008 the Stormers turned the resulst around and have won the last three matches. This gives the Cheetahs a record of not having beaten the Stormers at Newlands since 2006.


On average when these two teams meet the Stormers score 23 points and the Cheetahs score 22 but these averages have been a little distorted by the Stormers big win last year and the Cheetahs big win in 2007.


Looking at form the Cheetahs were pehaps a little unlucky to lose last weekend to the Bulls. In their first round match against the Sharks they were not terribly impressive and struggled in the scrums against the Sharks.


The Stormers have only played one match this season and that was against the Lions. They had to dig deep to pull off the victory and had the Lions used a better kicker the Stormers would have almost certainly lost. That match however will have given them a wake up call and they will be ready for the Cheetahs this weekend.


The Bookies are expecting the Stormers to really fire and have given the Cheetahs an 11 point start – they have an off of Bet £10 and get £20 in bets if you fancy a flutter. We are predicting the Stormers to win as well but not by as much. We are predicting a Stormers win by 7.


Last five matches.
Sat, 20 Mar 2010 Stormers v Cheetahs 21-8 Cape Town
Sat, 16 May 2009 Stormers v Cheetahs 28-22 Bloemfontein
Sat, 12 Apr 2008 Stormers v Cheetahs 34-22 Cape Town
Sat, 03 Feb 2007 Stormers v Cheetahs 9-27 Bloemfontein
Sat, 18 Mar 2006 Stormers v Cheetahs 25-31 Cape Town


Stormers overall record against the Cheetahs
Played 5 ,Wins 3 , Losses 2 , Draws 0


Match No. 20 Stormers v Cheetahs
Date :Saturday 5 March
Venue : Cape Town
Kick Off local: 17:05
Kick Off GMT: 15:05
Referee: Pro Legoete
Assistant Ref 1:Jason Jaftha
Assistant Ref 2:Cobus Wessels
TMO :Johann Meuwesen


Teams


Stormers:15. Conrad Jantjes,14. Danie Poolman,13. Juan De Jongh,12. Jean De Villiers (C),11. Bryan Habana,10. Peter Grant,9. Ricky Januarie,8. Duane Vermuelen,7. Francois Louw,6. Pieter Louw,5. Andries Bekker,4. Rynhardt Elstadt,3. Brok Harris,2. Deon Fourie,1. CJ van Der Linde

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