Saturday 19 October 2019

Cheetahs will look to race out of blocks after Scarlets lesson

Cheetahs' last game against Scarlets had a similar look to their season to date. Stock image
Cheetahs' last game against Scarlets had a similar look to their season to date. Stock image

Ryan Corry

Cheetahs' last game against Scarlets had a similar look to their season to date.

Despite a strong performance in the second half, a disappointing start had prevented them from making major waves at Parc y Scarlets last week.

Across the first six weeks of the season, they lost five games and drew against Ulster.

After defeat to Connacht on December 1, they embarked on a wonderful run of four straight wins before succumbing to Andy Friend's men, this time in Galway.

Last week Scarlets had the bonus point wrapped up in the 19th minute after a blistering start from which Cheetahs could never recover.

It's a first visit to the RDS for them and, having beaten Leinster last year, the home side might want revenge for that defeat last year.

With that said, Leinster will be aware that Shaun Venter and Rabz Maxwane are among the top try scorers in the competition and pose a distinct threat.

That being said, defeats to Munster (2), Connacht (2) and Ulster on their five previous trips to Ireland in the PRO14 would suggest a Leinster victory is the most likely outcome tonight.

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