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Saturday 10th September 15:00 GMT


A mighty top of the table clash is in store at the Growthpoint Kings Park in Durban on Saturday, when the league leaders the Sharks, entertain the second place Cheetahs. The Natal Sharks had an unblemished record of played four and won four prior to last weekend. However, a trip to Western Province saw their winning streak ended 27-34. The losing bonus point that they secured against Province at Newlands, was enough to keep them at the head of the table, although they have played a game more than their weekend visitors, the Free State Cheetahs. With a home game against the Kings to follow, victory on Saturday would most likely see the Sharks end the regular season in first place, and thereby securing home advantage through the play-offs.

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The Cheetahs remain the only unbeaten team in the 2016 Currie Cup, going into the weekend's fixtures. A fifth back to back success at the Sharks would lift them to the top of the ladder. Averaging over 40 points per game, the Cheetahs have the most potent attack in the tournament, and they have already registered impressive successes against the Bulls and Western Province this season, but Saturday will provide the sternest test yet.

Posted: 23rd August 2014


Natal Sharks will be defending their unbeaten record in the 2014 Currie Cup when they welcome the Free State Cheetahs to Kings Park Stadium in Durban on Saturday. The Natal Sharks are one of only three unbeaten sides in the competition after two rounds, and are in third position on the table, while the Cheetahs are immediately behind them, with one win and one loss from their opening two fixtures.

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In last season's six team competition, the two teams had finished in second and third positions respectively. Their semi-final meeting in Durban finished with a comfortable victory for the Sharks, who subsequently went on to beat Western Province in the final, and lift the silverware. Free State Cheetahs coach Rory Duncan has been forced to make a couple changes to the team for Saturday's match, due to injuries. Last week's 34-27 win against the Griquas came at a cost, with Prop Luan de Bruin, loose forward Boom Prinsloo and flyhalf Elgar Watts all picking up knocks that keep them out of the Sharks game. Duncan brings in Rudolph Botha to play at prop, while Neill Claassen moves from the bench as back up for Prinsloo. With Willie du Plessis returning as fly half after playing second fiddle to Watts for the game against the Pumas in round one.

Posted: 1st September 2012

On the Currie Cup this week, the Natal Sharks and the Free State Cheetahs play in Durban on Saturday, September 1st at 17:05 local time and two hours earlier GMT. Right now, the Natal Sharks come in at second on the Currie Cup table. They have only been able to play three games so far this season, but they were able to rally and take two of those to the end with a win, losing just one game. They have nine points right now, but they aren't the only team with nine points. There are two other teams that are tied for the top three spots.

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One of those teams is our other competitor this week, the Free State Cheetahs. They have nine points after winning two of the three games that they have played as well. The Golden Lions in the number one spot are the other team with nine points.

Tags: Natal Sharks, Free State Cheetahs, Currie Cup, Kings Park Stadium, Rory Duncan, Elgar Watts
Posted: 10th September 2016

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