Cheetahs vs Hurricanes Super Rugby Preview

The Cheetahs and the Hurricanes have played each other five times and the Cheetahs have won twice. Both of those victories have come in Bloemfontein.


The Cheetahs are in search of their second victory this season after seven defeats thus far, and when their Super Rugby history against the Hurricanes are taken into consideration, they might just turn things around against the team from Wellington in Bloemfontein on Saturday.


It’s the Free Staters’ first game back from their tour – a match in which they win more often than they lose. The Cheetahs have toured Australasia six times before and have won four of their first post-tour games in the past.


Being back at home has also sparked them into life when it comes to scoring tries, with a total of 22 from their six matches at an average of 3.6. Their overall try-scoring average at home is 2.6 (109 tries in 41 games).


Last year, the Cheetahs won their first post-tour game against the Blues, running in five tries in a 36-32 victory. In 2008 they beat the Reds by 29-14 following their tour.


In this fixture last year David Smith (pictured and now with the Force) scored one of two tries for the Hurricanes. The other was scored by Corey Jane and neither player will be present for the Hurricanes this week.


In 2007 the Cheetahs played their fi rst post-tour game against the Lions in Johannesburg (16-10) and in 1997 they beat the Chiefs by 27-13 in Bloemfontein.


The two defeats came against the Blues (34-33) in 2006 and the Brumbies (40-27) in 2009. In their three previous encounters against the Hurricanes in Bloemfontein, the Cheetahs have won twice and lost once.


The victories were in 2006 (27-25) and last year (28-12). In 2008 they lost at home by 38-10 to the team from the New Zealand capital.


On average the Cheetahs score 18 points against the Hurricanes who score 28 points against the Cheetahs. The Cheetahs have won two out of the three matches against the Hurricanes in Bloemfontein which makes the scoring average in the city for these teams a little odd at 22-25 to the Hurricanes.


This average is because when the Cheetahs did lose to the Hurricanes in Bloemfontein it was a big loss at 10-38 and happened in 2008.


The Hurricanes have been hit by injury again and have lost Conrad Smith, Aaron Cruden and Corey Jane will only be available next week. For a team that is really struggling that is a real blow.


The Bookies have given the  Hurricanes a 3 three point start for this match – with an offer of Bet 10 and Get 20 in Bets. We think the Cheetahs will be happy to be at home and the Hurricanes will struggle on the Highveld. The Cheetahs should win by 4.


Last five results.
06 Mar 2010 Cheetahs v Hurricanes 28-12 Bloemfontein
07 Mar 2009 Cheetahs v Hurricanes 12-29 New Plymouth
26 Apr 2008 Cheetahs v Hurricanes 10-38 Bloemfontein
13 Apr 2007 Cheetahs v Hurricanes 15-37 Wellington
04 Mar 2006 Cheetahs v Hurricanes 27-25 Bloemfontein


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


Match Officials
Referee: Stuart Dickinson (Australia)
Assistant referees: Nathan Pearce (Australia), Reuben Rossouw (South Africa)
Television match official: Johann Meuwesen (South Africa)


Teams


Cheetahs:15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Philip Burger, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Barry Geel, 11 Rayno Benjamin, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Davon Raubenheimer, 7 Ashley Johnson, 6 Kabamba Floors, 5 Wilhelm Steenkamp (capt), 4 Francois Uys, 3 WP Nel, 2 Ryno Barnes, 1 Coenie Oosthuizen.


Reserves: 16 Ad

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