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Cheetahs vs Griquas Predictions & Tips - Cheetahs to outclass a young Griquas team

By Ralph Staniforth
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13 Jan 2022
  • Toyota Cheetahs vs Tafel Lager Griquas Currie Cup match predictions
  • The match is being played at 14:30 SAST on Saturday at the Toyota Stadium
  • Cheetahs finished 6th overall last season
  • Griquas made the semi-finals in 2021
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The Cheetahs have a very experienced Currie Cup side while Griquas have lost some key players. The hosts beat Griquas in a recent friendly and should be too good again.

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Cheetahs look set to claim the points on offer with a comfortable win over Griquas in Bloemfontein this weekend. 
  • Cheetahs vs Griquas Preview
  • Head to Head
  • Cheetahs Form 
  • Cheetahs Team News & Injuries
  • Griquas Form 
  • Griquas Team News & Injuries
  • Cheetahs vs Griquas FAQ

  • Cheetahs have won 3 of their previous 5 home matches.
  • Cheetahs have lost once in 5 homes games.
  • Griquas won 3 out of their last 5 away games last season.
  • Griquas have beaten the Cheetahs 3 times at home in 5 previous meetings.

Head to Head

Cheetahs and Griquas have five wins apiece from 10 previous Currie Cup matches.   

They played against each other three times in 2021 with the Cheetahs winning 33-32 at home in August and 22-18 away in January. Griquas comfortably won 31-10 in Kimberley last June 

Cheetahs Form 

The Toyota Cheetahs team will be hoping that a blend of experienced and youthful rugby players will result in better showing in this years Currie Cup competition.

Cheetahs finished 6th on the Carling Currie Cup log with 28 points from 12 games. They had 3 wins, 3 draws, 6 losses, scored 39 tries and conceded 41.

A closer look at the results from last season shows that the Cheetahs team were a bit unlucky not to make the playoffs when they lost by one point to Western Province 40-39 and drew 44-44 with the Golden Lions.

Captain Ruan Pienaar has been brought back into the fold to give them much-needed experience to help them make this year's Currie Cup semi-finals and should make the difference against Griquas in Bloemfontein.

Cheetahs Team News & Injuries

Hawies Fourie has gone with experience to lead the Cheetahs to victory in Bloemfontein.

Ex-springbok Ruan Pienaar returns from his loan spell with the Sharks.

Veteran Springbok Frans Steyn is also in the starting line-up.

These players are unavailable for selection due to injury. Aranos Coetzee, George Cronje, Cameron Dawson, Branden de Kock, Reinhardt Fortuin, Cohan Jasper, Daniel Kasende, Jeandre Rudolph, Duncan Saal and Rosko Specman. 

Griquas Form 

Griquas made the semi-finals of the Currie Cup last season but came up short against the Sharks 28-24 in Durban. With many players departing for other union teams, this campaign will see a host of young players taking centre stage.

Griquas came 3rd in the Carling Currie Cup standings with 35 points from 12 games, securing five wins, five losses and two draws. They scored 39 tries and conceded 44.

They lost by a single point against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein last season.  

Can the Griquas cause an upset with such an inexperienced side this weekend? It seems unlikely, and this could be a game to give the youngsters a feel for the Currie Cup. 

Griquas Team News & Injuries

New Griquas Coach Pieter Bergh has selected an inexperienced team to tackle the Cheetahs on Saturday.

Michael Amiras, Eddie Davids, Kudwazi Dube, Zander du Plessis, Munier Hartzenberg, Rynhardt Jonker, Johan Retief and Derik Pretorius will make their Currie Cup debut and first appearance for the Griquas.

Additionally,  recently signed Justin Forwood, Luther Obi, Niel Otto, and Sango Zamlashe will also make their debut. 

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The Griquas side looks too green to pose any real threat to an experienced Cheetahs side that includes seasoned Springbok players.

Cheetahs will use their home ground advantage to cover the -8 handicap.

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