• Cheetahs shake off the rust

    The Cheetahs thrashed Shimlas 66-19 at Free State University on Friday, while their second-choice side lost 21-19 to Griquas.

    Scrumhalf Kevin Luiters and replacement Cornal Hendricks both scored two tries for the Cheetahs against Shimlas, with flank Johannes Prinsloo, lock Francois Uys, flyhalf Elgar Watts, former Bulls centre Francois Venter, replacement Shane Gates, and winger Raymond Rhule also crossing the line. Watts kicked eight conversions.

    The Cheetahs' second-choice side led 12-7 against Griquas at the break, before letting things slip in the second half.

    The Cheetahs' next pre-season match is against the Pumas in Parys on 1 February. They have named a 36-man training squad for their week-long camp in Jeffreys Bay.

    Cheetahs training squad: Trevor Nyakane, Caylib Oosthuizen, Coenie Oosthuizen, Rossouw de Klerk, Max van Dyk, Adriaan Strauss, Ryno Barnes, Hercu Liebenberg, Torsten van Jaarsveld, Lodewyk de Jager, Andries Ferreira, Hilton Lobberts, Francois Uys, Rynhardt Landman, Johannes Prinsloo, Carel Greeff, Pieter Labuschagné, Teboho Mohoje, Philip van der Walt, Jean Cook, Sarel Pretorius, Shaun Venter, Kevin Luiters, Inus Kritzinger, Elgar Watts, Johan Goosen, Riaan Smit, Francois Venter, Howard Mnisi, Johann Sadie, Piet Lindeque, Raymond Rhule, Cornal Hendricks, Rayno Benjamin, Willie le Roux, Hennie Daniller.

    Super Rugby pre-season fixtures

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