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PRO14 Match Preview – Franco last match in-charge of Cheetahs when they take on Munster

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA, 9,JULY, 2016 Franco Smith (Head Coach) of the Toyota Cheetahs during The Cell C Sharks vs Toyota Cheetahs Super Rugby Match at Growthpoint Kings Park in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag / Hollywoodbets)

The Cheetahs have scored 16 tries in two matches so far this season and have Munster at home in their third encounter of this years Guinness PRO14.

The Cheetahs have played some brilliant rugby and have a few stars that have step up and no one more than Rhyno Smith who joined the Cheetahs from the Sharks this season.

He has scored four tries in two games and will to add to that tally this Friday.

Munster is no easy game and also got two bonus points wins so far and Johan van Graan’s team have manage well without some international players currently in Japan for the Rugby World Cup.

Munster is the only team that have a perfect record from the past two years at Toyota Stadium and they will want to keep that record in tack this weekend.

This game will be a cracker come Friday and one that you surely must not miss.

This is the last home game for the Cheetahs in 2019 and will be broadcast in SuperSport 6.

In the previous four meetings between the Cheetahs and Munster, Munster have won each time.

What makes Munster so difficult is that the only defeat in their last four away matches was against Leinster in the semi-final.

Cheetahs captain, Tian Meyer said: “It is a team we haven’t beaten, so we see it as a challenge. There is confidence, but it is how you convert the confidence and momentum that you’ve worked up over the last few months.”

“We’ve put our challenges out there and what we want to keep improving in the squad and we keep pushing and challenging each other to be better. We can’t focus on what is said out there. At the end of the day we have to play the game and put our best game out there. Our aim is to win on Friday evening and we know that it is going to be tough one.”

This is a very special match for the men from Bloemfontein as it is also the last game for their coach Franco Smith

The following players are not eligible for team selection due to injury: Justin Basson (knee), Marnus van der Merwe (foot), Charles Marais (bicep) and Dries Swanepoel (calf).

Rugby World Cup – Ruben de Haas (USA), Aranos Coetzee (Namibia). SA Sevens – Darren Adonis.

Munster have also named their side for the clash which sees Captain Billy Holland comes into the side as one of five changes to the team that beat Southern Kings last week with Tyler Bleyendaal, Nick McCarthy, Jeremy Loughman and Rhys Marshall also included.

Mike Haley starts at 15 with Darren Sweetnam and Shane Daly, at flank.

McCarthy and Bleyendaal form a new half-back partnership and in the midfield we have Rory Scannell and Dan Goggin.

Loughman, Marshall and Stephen Archer pack down in the front row with Fineen Wycherley and Holland in the engine room.

The back row of Jack O’Donoghue, Tommy O’Donnell and Arno Botha is unchanged.

Academy player Keynan Knox is in line to make his second PRO14 appearance off the bench with Calvin Nash in line for his first competitive action of the season.


Toyota Cheetahs: 1 Ox Nche, 2 Joseph Dweba, 3 Luan de Bruin, 4 Sintu Manjezi, 5 Walt Steenkamp, 6 Gerhard Olivier, 7 Junior Pokomela, 8 Henco Venter, 9 Ruan Pienaar (C), 10 Tian Schoeman, 11 Anthony Volmink, 12 Louis Fouche, 13 Bernard Janse van Rensburg, 14 William Small-Smith, 15 Rhyno Smith

Replacements: 16 Reinach Venter, 17 Boan Venter, 18 Neetling Fouche, 19 JP Du Preez, 20 Sias Koen, 21 Jasper Wiese, 22 Tian Meyer, 23 Clayton Blommetjies

Munster: 15 Mike Haley; 14 Darren Sweetnam, 13 Dan Goggin, 12 Rory Scannell, 11 Shane Daly; 10 Tyler Bleyendaal, 9 Nick McCarthy; 8 Jeremy Loughman, 7 Rhys Marshall, 6 Stephen Archer; 5 Fineen Wycherley, 4 Billy Holland (C); 3 Jack O’Donoghue, 2 Tommy O’Donnell, 1 Arno Botha.

Replacements: 16 Kevin O’Byrne, 17 James Cronin, 18 Keynan Knox, 19nDarren O’Shea, 20 Gavin Coombes, 21 Alby Mathewson, 22 JJ Hanrahan, 23Calvin Nash


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