Posted on Thursday, 21 Mar 2019
It will be a case of do or die for the Toyota Cheetahs in the fourth-last pool round of Guinness PRO14 on Saturday as they meet the Glasgow Warriors in Scotland in a match that could seal their fate in the competition.
Must-win clash for Toyota Cheetahs in Glasgow
The Toyota Cheetahs will enter their match against Conference A leaders, the Glasgow Warriors, at the Scotstoun Stadium mindful of the fact that while a victory would keep them in the Guinness PRO14 playoff-race, a defeat will probably dash all hopes of advancing to the final stages.
With the Free Stater’s trailing the third and fourth-placed Connacht and Cardiff Blues by 11 log points and Ospreys by three points, they need to win all four of their matches, some with bonus points, while hoping that their rivals slip up, to keep alive their slim hopes of snapping up the last Conference A playoff.
Should they suffer a defeat without a bonus point on Saturday, however, and Connacht or the Cardiff Blues win their matches with a bonus point, the Toyota Cheetahs would drop out of the race.
The teams have met three times before with Glasgow winning all of those encounters, but with their backs against the wall coach Franco Smith’s men will be desperate to change this.
The Toyota Cheetahs will be buoyed by the fact that they have scored only four tries fewer than the hosts this season, but they will have to be sharp on defence after conceding 28 more tries in their 17 matches.
Date: Saturday, 23 March
SA time: 21h45
Venue: Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow
Referee: George Clancy (IRFU)
Assistant referees: Andrew Brace (IRFU), Dunx McClement (SRU)
TMO: Brian MacNiece (IRFU)
Other Round 18 matches (SA kick-off times):
Friday, 22 March:
21h35: Cardiff Blues v Scarlets – Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff
21h35: Connacht v Benetton – The Sportsground, Galway
21h35: Edinburgh v Leinster – BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Saturday, 23 March:
17h00: Ospreys v Dragons – Liberty Stadium, Swansea
21h45: Munster v Zebre Rugby Club - Thomond Park, Limerick