Cheetahs 22, Sharks 26


The Sharks team travel home to Bloemfontein to take on a Cheetahs side which promised much improvement from 2012.


Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Willie le Roux, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Pieter Labuschagne, 6 Frans Viljoen, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lodewyk de Jager, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Trevor Nyakane.
Replacements: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Coenie Oosthuizen, 18 Waltie Vermeulen, 19 Johannes Prinsloo, 20 Sarel Pretorius, 21 Elgar Watts, 22 Ryno Benjamin.

Sharks: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Francois Steyn (captain), 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Marcell Coetzee, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Anton Bresler, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Craig Burden, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Wiehahn Herbst, 18 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 19 Jean Deysel, 20 Charl McLeod, 21 Meyer Bosman, 22 Odwa Ndungane.

Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Jason Jaftha (South Africa), Tiaan Jonker (South Africa)
TMO: Gerrie Coetzee (South Africa)

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  1. It is incredible how much better Franco van der Merwe look, playing in a proper team for the first time in his professional carreer.

  2. Aldo the Bulls performance yesterday wasn’t exactly champagne stuff. This is early still they gotta get the kinks out

    On another note – what’s with the Cheetah pitch?
    It looks like it has mange.

  3. Shees talk about putting your foot in it. Just as I said it, a sudden comeback by the Cheetahs.

    Americano, relax man, Im just stirring the pot. The Bulls game was horrible, was just hoping Shields would see my comment,

  4. Super Pretorious needs to come on sooner. Cheetahs have to avoid scrums any chance they get.
    Other than that – Messerschmitt Willie again showed he is THE most gifted distributor of the ball ( and opportunity ) in South Africa.

  5. Nope.

    That game at Loftus was boring, but that doesn’t mean it was not two very good teams playing.

    Looking good and being good is not always the same thing.
    The way the Sharks allowed the Cheetahs to run rampant? It will be a repeat of the CC final.

  6. cheetahs just need belief.

    They only play great rugby when there is nothing in it anymore and this shows lack of confidence.

    The Sharks are a great balanced team with a positive attitude so I will take a bonus point against them.

    But the day this Cheetah side starts believing you are all in kak.