Guinness PRO14 Championship

DanDango

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Now now have faith in the Cheetahs.
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Francois Venter is back and Nico Lee is in the Currie cup squad.
I will play no.10 Small-Smith no.12 Lee no.13 Venter. This will help the Cheetahs weak defense.
 
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Fulcrum29

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Now now have faith in the Cheetahs.
From Ulster to Munster. Rassie Erasmus said that he will play his best available team. They have a monster pack, and the Cheetahs can only really operate when they receive good ball. Backlines are meaningless without working set pieces. Cheetahs has much work to do.
 

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Guinness PRO14 chief announces American team WILL join the competition
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-news/guinness-pro14-chief-announces-american-13606573.amp

A team from the east coast of America will join, and a German side may not be far behind

he Guinness PRO14 will be expanding with a team from the east coast of America set to join the competition, according to chief executive Martin Anayi.

And the competition could be bolstered further with a side coming in from Germany after the introduction of South African teams the Super Kings and Cheetahs this summer.

But it's the American side, thought to be based in Washington, that is set to turn the cross-hemisphere clubs tournament into a transatlantic competition.

News of a American side joining the PRO14 comes in a week when Newcastle and Saracens take their Aviva Premiership clash to Philadelphia next weekend.

The English competition already has a foothold in the States having struck a broadcast deal with NBC .

The Guinness PRO14 though plan to make permanent ties with the States by including an east coast side.

Anayi told the Times: “We have had more than expressions of interest (in the USA), we have had real solid business cases that would make it work on the east coast, so it is a question of when, not if.

“We are thinking about what is next.

“The two teams in South Africa can change our game and change our tournament and if we get that right we shouldn’t stop there.

“We would be looking to expand again at some stage.

“We have got to do things differently.

“(When it comes to) taking game to America, we have to be innovative.

“The English have got a great thing going in Philadelphia and it will go really well.

“How do we play to our strengths as Celtic nations with huge diaspora, Italian and South Africa, around the world.

“What are the key markets to become global (as a competition)."
 

Fulcrum29

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This is great news. It improves the status of the competition and increases the amount of money that will be pumped into it. The rest of South Africa won't be too far behind.
They are also expanding; two more teams are 16 a side. I don’t see how SARU will push 2 more teams into this competition as they have previously stated.
 

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Kings getting pumped after a promising first half. 26-3 to Leinster.
20 minutes to go.
 

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Why are the Cheetahs sucking so much against a "nothing" Italian team? (This is an Italian team, right?)

That yellow was kind of pathetic.
 

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Why are the Cheetahs sucking so much against a "nothing" Italian team? (This is an Italian team, right?)

That yellow was kind of pathetic.
SA rugby is sick.

Very soft yellow.

Crap game so far, the bottom feeders of the pro14 in action here. So far the only value the SA teams have added to this competition is the guaranteed 5 points the opposing teams can get and a fat cheque from supersport for TV rights.
 

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Cheetahs team: 15 Sergeal Petersen, 14 Rosco Specman, 13 Francois Venter (captain), 12 William Small-Smith, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Ernst Stapelberg, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Oupa Mohoje, 7 Henco Venter, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Justin Basson, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Charles Marais.
Substitutes: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Ox Nche, 18 Johan Coetzee, 19 Rynier Bernardo, 20 Junior Pokomela, 21 Shaun Venter, 22 Nico Lee, 23 Luther Obi

Leinster –15 Joey Carbery, 14 Dave Kearney, 13 Noel Reid, 12 Isa Nacewa (c), 11 Barry Daly, 10 Ross Byrne, 9 Jamison Gibson-Park, 8 Jack Conan, 7 Josh van der Flier, 6 Jordi Murphy, 5 Mick Kearney, 4 Ross Molony, 3 Michael Bent, 2 James Tracy, 1 Cian Healy.
Subs: 16 Seán Cronin, 17 Peter Dooley, 18 Andrew Porter, 19 Rhys Ruddock, 20 Max Deegan, 21 Nick McCarthy, 22 Cathal Marsh, 23 Rory O’Loughlin.

(Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein - Kick-off: 20.00 SAST; 19.00 UK time; 18.00 GMT)
Referee: Mike Adamson (Scotland)
Assistant referees: Ben Whitehouse (Wales), Stuart Berry (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)
 

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Nicely done Cheetahs!

HT:
19-5 in favor of the Cheetahs

Really hope they can take this through to the 80th!
 
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