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Preview: Ospreys and Cheetahs seek to end difficult runs

Avatar Will Jennings 29 Nov 2019

Toyota Cheetahs travel to Wales bidding to end their recent Guinness PRO14 away day blues, facing an Ospreys side who have suffered five consecutive defeats in all competitions and lie sixth in Conference A.

So it’s set to be a battle between two sides striving for form, with Cheetahs’ rapid start to the season being halted in recent weeks after visits to Connacht, Scarlets and Cardiff Blues.

And head coach Franco Smith has rung the changes ahead of this one, giving a debut to flanker Chris Massyn and bringing in Aidon Davis at No.8 to add additional firepower to the back-row.

For Ospreys, Luke Morgan has come in on the wing after their Round 6 defeat to Isuzu Southern Kings, with prop Ma’afu Fia and lock Bradley Davies also being introduced in a bid to get their season back on track.

Kick-off: The Gnoll, Neath | KO 19:35 (UK) / 21:35 (SA), Saturday 30 November

How to watch: | Live on Premier Sports 2, eir Sport 2, SuperSport 1, DAZN, PRO14.tv

Players to watch out for: Olly Cracknell (Ospreys), Rhyno Smith (Toyotah Cheetahs)

Flanker Olly Cracknell has been an unequivocal shining light in Ospreys’ season, undertaking his defensive duties tenaciously and carrying the ball with purpose and directness.

The No.7 has made no fewer than 77 Guinness PRO14 tackles this term, the fourth highest in the competition and testament to his work-rate and importance to his side.

And Cracknell’s solidity is something Cheetahs’ Rhyno Smith will be trying to get past in Neath, with the full-back seeking to find that distinctive try-scoring form that has lit up the Guinness PRO14 this season.

Smith is the competition’s leading scorer after going over seven times in the opening six rounds, scoring in the Round 6 defeat to Blues and hoping to dot down in a winning cause in Wales this weekend.

Key stat: This is a battle between two of the Guinness PRO14’s least in-form sides, with Ospreys suffering five consecutive defeats in all competitions and Cheetahs losing three games on the spin in Rounds 4, 5 and 6.

Ospreys: Dan Evans, Hanno Dirksen, Tiaan Thomas-Wheeler, Scott Williams, Luke Morgan, Luke Price, Shaun Venter, Rhodri Jones, Scott Otten, Ma’afu Fia, Bradley Davies, Lloyd Ashley, Dan Lydiate (c), Olly Cracknell, Morgan Morris

Replacements: Ifan Phillips, Nicky Smith, Gheorghe Gajion, Guido Volpi, Sam Cross, Matthew Aubrey, James Hook, Kieran Williams

Toyota Cheetahs: Rhyno Smith, Craig Barry, William Small-Smith, Benhard Janse van Rensburg, Clayton Blommetjies, Tian Schoeman, Ruan Pienaar (c), Boan Venter, Wilmar Arnoldi, Luan de Bruin, Sintu Manjezi, Walt Steenkamp, Chris Massyn, Junior Pokomela, Aidon Davis

Replacements: Marnus van der Merwe, Reinach Venter, Erich de Jager, JP du Preez, Gerhard Olivier, Tian Meyer, George Whitehead, Chris Smith


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.

Historical Lineup Pre Opta (sfms data) - Preview - v2

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Report: Cheetahs survive late onslaught to win at Ospreys

Avatar Rich Dore 30 Nov 2019

Toyota Cheetahs finally have their away win in 2019/20 thanks to Wilmar Anoldi’s second-half winner and a surging late defensive stand against Ospreys.

The South Africans won their first three fixtures this season, all at home, and have been in all three of their away games so far – now they can finally tick the win box.

Key moments

No doubt conscious of that need to get their campaign back on track, the Cheetahs started like a house on fire in Wales with the ball being spun wide for William Small-Smith to crash over the line.

Ospreys responded with a penalty for Luke Price, soon cancelled out by Ruan Pienaar, but found themselves 10-8 up as Ma’afu Fia proved unstoppable from two metres out.

Price missed a penalty to extend the lead and defences remained on top for the rest of the half, and after the break the pendulum continued to swing – first the way of Cheetahs and then with Ospreys camped on the opposition line.

There was 42 minutes in total between scores but it eventually came the way of the visitors, with a catch-and-drive going ten metres for Arnoldi to touch down.

Cheetahs led 15-10, soon chipped back to 15-13 as Price nailed another penalty, but on 75 minutes Tian Schoeman got the all-important three-pointer to make it 18-13.

Ospreys fought for their lives and won a succession of penalties ten metres out from the opposition line, but after losing Sintu Manjezi to the bin they finally managed to win the ball fairly at a maul and celebrated wildly.

Man of the Match – Junior Pokomela

Junior Pokomela has long been one of the Cheetahs’ leaders on the pitch and it was the same story at the Gnoll on Saturday night.

The openside was everywhere on the Welsh turf, claiming 40 metres off eight carries and winning several crucial turnovers to turn the tide.

Play of the Day

That award goes to Ospreys hooker Scott Otten, who bizarrely almost ran the length of the pitch in the first half.

Breaking from a turnover the front rower displayed an eyebrow-raising turn of pace to speed into the opposition half, chip towards the Cheetahs line and almost touch down what would have been a remarkable try.


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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