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Preview: Scarlets and Cheetahs look to get back to winning ways

Avatar Nicola Kenton 1 Nov 2019

Coming off the back of defeats in Round 4, both sides in this Saturday fixture will be looking to overturn setbacks after the Toyota Cheetahs lost narrowly at the hands of Connacht while Scarlets were convincingly beaten at Edinburgh.

A major milestone beckons for wing Steff Evans, who will make his 100th appearance for the Scarlets on Saturday, after missing last weekend’s 46-7 defeat to Edinburgh through illness.

Evans replaces Tom James on the wing and Kieron Fonotia starts in the midfield, hooker Marc Jones and lock Steve Cummins are recalled to the starting XV with Ed Kennedy due to make his first appearance of the season.

Prolific hooker Joseph Dweba is set to play his 50th match for the Toyota Cheetahs while George Whitehead is due to make his Guinness PRO14 debut from the bench.

JP du Preez and Sias Koen have both been moved into the starting line-up, Boan Venter starts as loosehead prop and Louis Fouche replaces Dries Swanepoel, who has been suspended for three games.

Kick-off: 15:00pm (UK), 17:00pm (SA)

How to watch: Live on Premier Sports 2, DAZN, SuperSport 2, Pro14.tv

Players to watch out for: Kieron Fonotia (Scarlets), Clayton Blommetjies (Cheetahs)

In a below par performance against Edinburgh, Kieron Fonotia provided a small spark off the bench and after a tricky Rugby World Cup campaign, the Samoan centre will be pivotal against the Toyota Cheetahs.

Meanwhile Blommetjies put on a fine display in Galway last time out and recaptured some of the form which saw him sign for Scarlets – he will be hoping to put on a show against his former side.

Key stat: Cheetahs have only ever beaten the Dragons and Zebre outside of South Africa

Scarlets: Johnny McNicholl, Ryan Conbeer, Kieron Fonotia, Steff Hughes, Steff Evans, Dan Jones, Kieran Hardy, Rob Evans, Marc Jones, Samson Lee, Lewis Rawlins, Steve Cummins, Ed Kennedy, Josh Macleod, Uzair Cassiem

Replacements: Taylor Davies, Phil Price, Werner Kruger, Juandre Kruger, Dan Davis, Dane Blacker, Angus O’Brien, Corey Baldwin

Cheetahs: Rhyno Smith, William Small-Smith, Benhard Janse van Rensburg, Louis Fouche, Clayton Blommetjies, Tian Schoeman, Tian Meyer, Boan Venter, Joseph Dweba, Aranos Coetzee, Sintu Manjezi, JP du Preez, Sias Koen, Junior Pokomela, Jasper Wiese

Replacements: Wilmar Arnoldi, Luan de Bruin, Erich de Jager, Walt Steenkamp, Gerhard Olivier, Ruan Pienaar, George Whitehead, Anthony Volmink


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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Report: Scarlets edge past Cheetahs in gritty affair

Avatar Luke Baker 2 Nov 2019

Scarlets bounced back from last weekend’s disappointment at Edinburgh to battle past a defiant Toyota Cheetahs and continue their impressive start to the Guinness PRO14 season.

It was at times a war of attrition in Llanelli in what were unfavourable rugby conditions, with the visitors taking the lead through a well-worked Tian Meyer effort.

But Brad Mooar’s side rallied, drawing the scores level with a Steff Evans try before Kieran Hardy put them ahead just before half-time.

And after a rain-soaked second period in which both sides struggled for cohesion, it was Scarlets who held on to extend their formidable record at Parc y Scarlets, where they have now won 29 of their last 32 encounters.

Key moments

As expected, it was a closely-contested opening to the game between two sides who have enjoyed promising starts to their Guinness PRO14 seasons.

But it was Cheetahs who struck first in south Wales, demonstrating why they were the only side in the competition to score at least three tries in their opening four games as a turnover at the ruck paved the way for an innovative attacking move.

The hosts were profligate in possession at the breakdown, as outside centre Benhard Janse van Rensburg released Meyer with an intelligent grubber kick for him to touch down in the corner.

But parity was soon restored as the hosts – who have lost just once at Parc y Scarlets since the beginning of the year – were brought level by Evans, going over from close range after an extended period of pressure.

The opening period progressed into a kicking-heavy contest, with both sides playing some impressive football and exchanging high balls.

And Mooar’s side soon went ahead, after a brilliant turnover from Steff Hughes led to a Johnny McNicholl – who qualifies for Welsh residency tomorrow – break through the Cheetahs defence.

And enterprising scrum-half Hardy was there to capitalise after the full-back was stopped just short of the line, cleverly spotting space on the blindside to dot down in the corner.

The second half remained a largely football-dominated affair in what developed into relentlessly wet conditions, as Tian Schoeman kicked a penalty to reduce Cheetahs’ deficit to three.

Experienced replacement Ruan Pienaar was introduced on the hour mark, making an immediate impact as his penalty made the score 14-13.

But Scarlets hit back with a rapid three points themselves, regaining their four-point lead thanks to the boot of Jones after some impressive work from flanker Josh Macleod over the ball resulted in a penalty.

And despite an extended spell of Cheetahs pressure in the final ten minutes, the Scarlets defence held strong to clinch what may prove to be a crucial Guinness PRO14 win on home soil.

Man of the match

No-one won more penalties on the Parc y Scarlets pitch than the omnipresent Macleod, working tirelessly for his team at the breakdown to help engineer a pivotal victory.

While it was the openside who won the decisive final penalty that led to the hosts’ margin of victory, such a moment was symptomatic of his display throughout a match where work rate and desire were the required ingredients for success.

Play of the day

Hardy’s try to put the hosts ahead was unequivocally the most eye-catching moment of an otherwise scrappy affair, intelligently darting down the blindside to put his side in the driving seat.

It was all started by a turnover from inside centre Hughes, who nicked the ball at the breakdown to kick-start a fluent attacking move.

McNicholl made the crucial burst forward only to be tackled just short of the line, with the dependable Hardy arriving on the scene with alacrity to pick the ball up and cross unerringly in the corner.


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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