PRO: Cheetahs play first three and six of last eight at home

PRO: Cheetahs play first three and six of last eight at home

The PRO14 fixtures were released on Wednesday, and the Cheetahs will kick off the 2019/20 Guinness PRO14 season when they host the Scottish giants, Glasgow Warriors in Bloemfontein on Friday 27 September.

In round two and three the Cheetahs will also be playing at home when they welcome the two Irish outfits, Ulster and Munster, to the City of Roses. It will be a tough baptism of fire for the new head coach, Hawies Fourie, however, in the past two campaigns the Cheetahs got their seasons underway abroad.

The Cheetahs will play in two three-match tours in Europe this season, and the first tour will be followed by another one-match trip up north a few weeks later.

The first tour starts in round four when they tackle Connacht in Galway. This game will be followed by matches against Scarlets in Llanelli, Cardiff Blues in Cardiff, and Ospreys in Swansea.

“Finishing the PRO14 with six out of eight home games in that last stretch will help us in trying to qualify for the quarter-finals,” said Coach Hawies Fourie. 

“It is still a long way to go and we need to start well. In those three games upfront at the end of September and early October, it will be vital for us to get ourselves in the competition.  If you start well you’ve always got a chance to do well in the competition.”

Round 10, which starts in January, will see the Cheetahs travel to Italy, where will they face Zebre. At the end of January, the Southern Kings will host the Cheetahs at the Nelson Mandela Bay Free State Stadium in the first South African derby. The following week the two teams will lock-horns again, but this time in Bloemfontein.

In February the team flies up north again where they will start in Dublin, against the PRO14 champions, Leinster, followed by matches against Ulster in Belfast and then the Dragons in Newport.

♦ From round 14 just two of the Cheetahs last eight games will not be played at home. The Cheetahs will welcome Leinster, Edinburgh and Ospreys to Bloemfontein, before jetting off to Scotland, for a one-match mini-tour against the Glasgow Warriors.

The Cheetahs will wrap up their conference games in Bloemfontein with three matches against Zebre, Dragons, Benetton Rugby, before playing against the Kings in Port Elizabeth again in the third and final South African derby.

♦ The PRO14 knockout matches will be confirmed at a later date.

Fixtures –

27 September 2019 – Cheetahs vs Glasgow Warriors, Free State Stadium, 19:05.

5 October 2019 – Cheetahs vs Ulster, Free State Stadium, 18:15.

12 October 2019 – Cheetahs vs Munster, Free State Stadium, 18:15.

26 October 2019 – Connacht vs Cheetahs, The Sportsground, 18:15.

2 November 2019 – Scarlets vs Cheetahs, Parc y Scarlets, 17:00.

9 November 2019 – Cardiff Blues vs Cheetahs, Cardiff Arms Park, 19:15.

30 November 2019 – Ospreys vs Cheetahs, Liberty Stadium, 21:35.

4 January 2020 – Zebre vs Cheetahs, Stadio Lanfranchi, 17:00.

25 January 2020 - Southern Kings vs Cheetahs, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, TBC.

1 February 2020 – Cheetahs vs Southern Kings, Free State Stadium, TBC.

15 February 2020 – Leinster vs Cheetahs, RDS Arena, 16:30.

22 February 2020 – Ulster vs Cheetahs, Kingspan Free State Stadium, 21:35.

29 February 2020 – Dragons vs Cheetahs, Rodney Parade, 19:15.

21 March 2020 – Cheetahs vs Leinster, Free State Stadium, 17:00.

28 March 2020 – Cheetahs vs Edinburgh, Free State Stadium, 17:00.

11 April 2020 – Cheetahs vs Ospreys, Free State Stadium, 18:15.

17 April 2020 – Glasgow Warriors vs Cheetahs, Scotstoun Stadium, 20:35.

25 April 2020 – Cheetahs vs Zebre, Free State Stadium, 16:00.

9 May 2019 – Cheetahs vs Dragons, Free State Stadium, 14:00

16 May 2020 – Cheetahs vs Benetton Rugby, Free State Stadium, 18:15.

TBC - Southern Kings vs Cheetahs, TBC.