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Super Rugby Preview – Cheetahs V Stormers

Robert De Preez

The Stormers take on the Cheetahs away this Saturday in the second leg of Super Rugby 2016, with the Cape side expecting to take the spoils.

Although the Stormers decimated a strong Bulls side last weekend in Cape Town 33-9, the Cheetahs remain a historical banana peel, and the Stormers would be wise to remember that, considering they have not won in Bloemfontein since 2013.

The Cheetahs are coming off a close game against the new Argentinian outfit, The Jaguares, who boasted 13 internationals in their starting line-up, losing in the final clutches of the game thanks to a drop-goal executed by fly-half, Nicolas Sanchez.

The Cape Town side will be looking to rookie fly-half, Robert Du Preez, who led the team to victory last weekend, scoring an incredible 23 points. Backed by a strong pack of forwards Du Preez should have no problems deconstructing the Cheetahs defensive line which historically has not been impenetrable.

The home side will be envious of the Stormers’ stock in their back-row boasting Springboks Nizaam Carr and veteran Schalk Burger with energetic youngster Sikhombuzo Notshe flanking at open side. The three were instrumental at keeping the Bulls forwards at bay last week and with wholesale changes amongst the Cheetahs ranks from last season, their new inexperienced back row should capitulate.

Stormers second row, Eben Etzebeth and Pieter-Steph Du Toit, might be the makings of the strongest lock pairing in world rugby and although the Cheetahs will have South African Player of the Year, Lood De Jager in the pack, the gigantic Stormers duo should dominate the set-pieces.

The Cheetahs backline however, is explosive, dynamic with plenty of pace to burn on the counter attack. The attacking acumen and speed of Sergeal Petersen, Clayton Blommetjies and Raymond Rhule will put pressure on
Robert Du Preez’s tactical kicking, should it go awry, they will punish the visitor’s for it.

If we compare the two outfits by class, the Stormers are clear winners, and should get their second win of the tournament over their Northern rivals. The Stormers are far stronger in every facet of the game and should win by more than 7 points.

Catch the game live on Sky Sports on Saturday and 15:10.

Check out Betfect’s list of betting options for the game.

Stormers win : 4/9

Draw :22/1

Cheetahs win : 7/4

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