Cape Town - The Cheetahs can expect a fierce challenge from Ospreys, who are fighting for
survival in the PRO14 Conference A playoff race, when they meet in Bloemfontein on
visitors are in a similar situation to that which the Free Staters faced two
weeks ago, as they need to win all of their remaining matches with bonus points
to keep alive their slim hopes of progressing beyond the pool stages.
The Cheetahs will enter their match against Ospreys with one goal in mind when the
teams take to the field at the Toyota Stadium on Saturday, and that will be to
return to winning ways at home.
Welshmen under immense pressure to win to keep alive their slender hopes of
sneaking into the playoffs, the hosts will be wary of the fact that they hold
Ospreys' fate in their hands. As things stand, the visitors need to win all
three of their remaining pool matches, while hoping that Connacht and the
Cardiff Blues slip up to stay in the race.
have met three times before, with the Free Staters winning the clash in
Bloemfontein in 2017, while Ospreys' won the last two outings on their home
patch. One of these victories, however, was by a single point, which will serve
as extra inspiration for the home side.
time the Cheetahs registered a victory was in Bloemfontein on February 2 - which marked back-to-back home wins for them - and this will be a big talking
point among Franco Smiths' charges as they look to take advantage of a home
stretch featuring three home games.
Staters will enter the match with a superior attack after scoring 64 tries to
Ospreys' 40 this season, which will give them confidence, but they will need to
support this with a tenacious defensive effort, as the visitors have conceded
close to two tries fewer per match on average this season.
Rabz Maxwane, with an impressive 13 tries to his name, is currently still the
top try-scorer in the competition with a five-try buffer over his closest
rivals - a record he would undoubtedly like to extend as the pool rounds reach
Schoeman, meanwhile, who is currently in fifth place on the list of the top
points' scorers with 96 points, will have his sights set on hitting triple
digits this weekend.
Kick-off is at 17:30.