Munster vs Cheetahs
Competition: Guinness Pro14
Date: 09 September 2017
Kick off: 18:15 CET
The Cheetahs faced a bit of a baptism of fire in their welcome to the Pro 14 when they faced off against Ulster, and now it only gets harder as Munster lie in wait for the South African side.
The Cheetahs showed very much that they have enough skill and ability to duke it out in the Pro 14, but they also showed that tactically and structurally they have a lot to learn as they adjust to a game up north that is slower and more organised. The individuals in the Cheetahs side showed they had more skill and more space especially than the Ulster side, but in a team environment they were not up for it, especially on defence as the Irish side waltz through for a couple of easy tries. Against Munster things will only get harder as the Munster men were in the final of the Pro 14 and will be raring to go at home against this new foe.
For Munster, they are still under the tutelage of their South African handler Rassie Erasmus and he will be looking to get one over on a former player he used to coach in the Cheetahs camp – Franco Smith. More importantly though Munster are wanting to make a statement this season and of course go one better as they made a good showing against a weak Italian side in Treviso. They managed to beat the Italians by 34-3 restricting them to just one penalty over the 80 minutes. Munster will know though that the Cheetahs will have a lot more fire power and their defence will have to be tested
Munster vs Cheetahs: Previous game
Munster vs Treviso 34-3
Ulster vs Cheetahs 42-19
Munster vs Cheetahs: Head to Head Stats
This will be the first time these teams meet in the Pro 14
Munster vs Cheetahs: Prediction
This game has the feel of being very much like the first game for the Cheetahs. They will cause issues with their pace and skill, but as the game wears on the more structured and prepared Munster side will break them down to make it an easy win. The Cheetahs will have learned a lot though and will be more of a threat.
Munster vs Cheetahs: Betting Tips
- Makazole Mapimpi to score a try
- Munster -23 @ 1.90
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