Cape Town – The Cheetahs will be looking to make it four
Super Rugby home wins in a row against the Stormers when the teams clash in
Bloemfontein on Saturday.
Many pundits are picking a Stormers win on Saturday,
especially after the Cape side’s 33-9 mauling of the Bulls at Newlands last
However, recent history shows that the men from Cape Town
have struggled in Super Rugby games in Bloemfontein.
Their last win over the Cheetahs there was in 2012, when
they emerged 13-6 victors.
But the Cheetahs have won their last three home games
against the Stormers in the competition, winning 26-24 in 2013, 35-22 in 2014
and 25-17 in 2015 when Kurt Coleman miss-fired badly with the boot.
If a warm-up match in 2013 is factored in, then it is four
home wins in a row for the Cheetahs over the Stormers. On that day, Hansie
Graaff kicked a long penalty after the hooter to sneak a 27-26 win for the
The Cheetahs suffered a 34-33 home loss to the Jaguares last
weekend, but according to loose forward Boom Prinsloo, they are eager to
maintain their winning run at home against the Stormers.
“It’s always special to beat the Stormers because they are
one of the big teams in the competition. I don’t know why, but for some or
other reason when we play them here (Bloemfontein), we always pitch up and
surprise them,” Prinsloo told Netwerk24.