The Super Rugby opening clash between the Cheetahs and the Lions this weekend promises to be a thriller as both teams have various agendas to carry out. Kick-off at the Toyota Stadium on Saturday is at 3:05pm. The 2017 edition of the Super Rugby got underway on Thursday (23 February), but this clash is one of the most anticipated matches of the first round as far as South African action is concerned. While the hosts will be eager to continue with their dominance at home, the men from the City of Gold will look to draw motivation from the 2016 season. The Cheetahs open their campaign at the venue they were crowed the Currie Cup champions last year after enduring an undefeated season.
The Lions are one of the teams the Cheetahs defeated twice at home in that competition, with the recent win coming in the semi-final in October. Despite all that though, the Cheetahs are aware of the danger the Lions side tend to pose. The 2016 finalists are one of the strongest contenders following the stellar performance displayed last year, and will be looking to build on the momentum. Unlike the Lions who will have all their Springboks for the competition, the Cheetahs enter the competition slightly limping following injuries on key positions including that of centre and captain, Francois Venter. However, the men at the helm, Franco Smith will be expecting his charges to come to the party like they did last year under the same circumstances.