Media Watch: Franco’s Cheetahs farewell as Dragons fire back

Charlie Talbot-Smith
15 October 2019

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The dust has not yet settled on an entertaining third weekend of action in the Guinness PRO14.

But the unbeaten Toyota Cheetahs are flying high, after a record-breaking win over Munster last time out.

Unfortunately for the Bloemfontein-based side, this is the end of the road for head coach Franco Smith.

The former Benetton man heads back to Italy to take on a coaching role with the national team.

But the man himself says there is no need to panic, for the team is in good hands with Hawies Fourie.

And Ruan Pienaar has also had his say on the Cheetahs’ fast start.

And unsurprisingly for a World Cup winner with bucketloads of experience, he isn’t getting carried away just yet.

Meanwhile, the Dragons revolution under Dean Ryan hit a roadblock last weekend.

After a first away win in four years the week before, the region returned to Rodney Parade full of optimism.

But they were given a beatdown on home turf by Connacht, undoubtedly a hit to the confidence.

But Rhodri Williams is welcoming the test of character for the squad this early into the campaign.

Staying in Wales, and it is better news in Llanelli after their perfect start to life under Brad Mooar.

And back rower Tom Phillips is proud of the way his teammates have rallied around despite their notable World Cup absentees.


Cardiff City Stadium will play host to the 2020 Guinness PRO14 Final on June 20 as one of the most exciting days in the club rugby calendar comes to Wales!

General sale tickets are available from http://bit.ly/PRO14Cardiff2020 and prices start at just £13 for concessions and £26 for adults (subject to booking fees), that’s a 15% early bird discount. Family ticket (2 adults / 2 children) prices begin at £64 and fans are encouraged to buy early to get the best value tickets.

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