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Toyota Challenge –Toyota Cheetahs vs Baia Mare

Posted on Thursday, 25 Nov 2021

Toyota Challenge –Toyota Cheetahs vs Baia Mare

Team Announcements and Match Info

The Toyota Cheetahs will be making history when they take on Baie Mare for the first time on Friday in Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein.  The Toyota Challenge match kicks off at 18:15 (not 17:30 as originally advertised) and will be live on SuperSport 211.  Gates open at 16:30. 

“Our main focus will be to improve.  We didn’t start well against Province.  There were some good patches but we didn’t finish off our opportunities.  We made a big step up against the Sharks.” Said, Coach Hawies Fourie. 

“The opposition will be of high quality.  They play with a lot of skill and variation.  I think we will be in for a good match on Friday. We want to finish on a high and win the last Toyota Challenge match.” 

The Toyota Cheetah team for the encounter:     


1.       Schalk Ferreira

2.Louis van der Westhuizen

3.Hanro Jacobs

4.Rynier Bernardo

5.Victor Sekekete

6.Gideon van der Merwe

7.Lohan Potgieter

8.Aidon Davis (C)

9.Tian Meyer

10.Brandon Thomson

11.Craig Barry

12.Howard Mnisi

13.David Brits

14.Evardi Boshoff

15.Cohen Jasper

16.Marnus van der Merwe

17.Alulutho Tshakweni

18.Marne Coetzee

19.Oupa Mohoje

20.Celimpilo Gumede

21.Rewan Kruger

22.Siya Masuku

23.Robert Ebersohn

The referee for the match is Ruhan Meiring.  He will be assisted by Philip Kotze and DF Hefer.  TMO is Ben Crouse.

Players not eligible for selection:  Due to injury - Mox Moxoli (wrist), Andisa Ntsila (neck), Jeandre Rudolph (knee), George Cronje (knee), Duncan Saal (bicep), Malcolm Jaer (ankle), Branden de Kock (knee), Clayton Blommetjies (ankle), Chris Smit (quad), Rosko Specman (knee), Reinhardt Fortuin (knee), Aranos Coetzee (bicep), Cameron Dawson (ankle), Daniel Kasende (knee), Enver Brandt (hamstring)

Other rugby obligations - Ruan Pienaar (on loan to Sharks), Junior Pokomela (on loan to Stormers).


The Toyota Challenge is a new kind of rugby tournament: one where every victory earns a prize of R250 000 and where players will do everything in their power to win cash bonuses for explosive play.

Players making the most tackles, line breaks and turnovers on the ground win cash prizes.   

“The Player of the match” will win R10 000 for every match while the supporter who posts the most social media posts during the match with hashtag #ToyotaLegendSupport will win R10 000 and be crowned “Supporter of the match”!

Regulations, as prescribed by the Department of Cooperative Governance and SA Rugby’s “Guidelines for the return of spectators to sport events”, limit spectator numbers in the stadium to 2 000. 

Gates open 1 hour before kick-off and spectators are urged to come early and to note that the following has to be presented to gain entrance to the Toyota Stadium on a matchday:

  • A valid rugby ticket - Tickets are on sale at R100 each at the ticket office in the Toyota Stadium. Please remember to purchase your ticket before match day.
  • A vaccination certificate (the one with the QR code) - All spectators must be fully vaccinated. 
  • ID document or driver’s licence
  • Wear a mask at all times


  • Spectators are requested to arrive early.  Gates open one hour before kick-off and will close one hour after the final whistle.
  • Spectators can gain entrance to the Toyota Stadium from Kingsway or Att Horak Avenue to stadium perimeter parking. (“First come, first served”)
  • There will be one access point with four points of control.  Spectators have to show a valid vaccination certificate, ID, match ticket and have to wear a mask. Spectators without the required documents or without a mask will not be allowed in.
  • Officials will accompany spectators to their reserved seats on the grandstand to maintain social distance.  Suite holders may only use 50% of the venue’s capacity.
  • If a spectator feels ill or shows any of the Covid-19 symptoms, he/she is advised not to come to the stadium.
  • Individuals that are considered high risk or are in close contact with others who are considered high risk should not attend games.
  • Spectators are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizers. 
  • Spectators should be aware that all the risks posed by Covid-19 cannot be eliminated, including attending games as spectators but that essential control measures have been put in place to reduce risks for them. 
  • Spectators should be advised to keep their own record of contacts at a match for potential tracing purposes.  Where practical, all spectators and attendees must download the COVID Alert SA app, for contact tracing in the event of post-event infection.
  • The consumption of alcohol is not allowed. 
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