ABSA Currie Cup Preview The Sharks v Vodacom Free State Cheetahs

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Head to head – The Sharks v Vodacom Free State Cheetahs (since 2005):

P: 13 W: 4 L: 9 PF: 256 PA: 313

03/09/2005 The Sharks 18 Vodacom Free State Cheetahs 29 The Absa Stadium, Durban
08/10/2005 The Sharks 3 Vodacom Free State Cheetahs 17 Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein
29/07/2006 The Sharks 19 Vodacom Free State Cheetahs 31 The Absa Stadium, Durban
23/09/2006 The Sharks 35 Vodacom Free State Cheetahs 37 Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein
07/10/2006 The Sharks 14 Vodacom Free State Cheetahs 30 Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein Semi-final
04/08/2007 The Sharks 22 Vodacom Free State Cheetahs 42 The Absa Stadium, Durban
29/09/2007 The Sharks 23 Vodacom Free State Cheetahs 25 Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein
19/07/2008 The Sharks 9 Vodacom Free State Cheetahs 31 Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein
13/09/2008 The Sharks 22 Vodacom Free State Cheetahs 10 The Absa Stadium, Durban
31/07/2009 The Sharks 21 Vodacom Free State Cheetahs 12 Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein
19/09/2009 The Sharks 24 Vodacom Free State Cheetahs 13 The Absa Stadium, Durban
17/10/2009 The Sharks 21 Vodacom Free State Cheetahs 23 The Absa Stadium, Durban Semi-final
31/07/2010 The Sharks 25 Vodacom Free State Cheetahs 13 Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein

The Sharks’ recent form at home:

• The hosts, who have recorded five home victories over the GWK Griquas (48-30), Vodacom Western Province (27-16), Xerox Lions (48-19), Vodacom Blue Bulls (34-28) and the Barloworld Toyota Pumas (27-17) in this season’s competition, have conceded only two home defeats during the last two seasons in the Absa Currie Cup.

• Both defeats occurred last season, against Vodacom Western Province and the Vodacom Free State Cheetahs (semi-final).

Vodacom Free State Cheetahs’ recent form on the road:

• The Vodacom Free State Cheetahs recorded a 25-23 victory over the Vodacom Blue Bulls at Loftus Versfeld in week three and a 45-30 win over the Barloworld Toyota Pumas during week five’s action in this year’s competition. They however conceded a 30-26 defeat against the Xerox Lions in week six of the 2010 Absa Currie Cup.

• The visitors won four games on the road during last year’s Absa Currie Cup including their semi-final win over The Sharks in Durban.

Additional information:

• The Sharks have scored the most tries in the 2010 Absa Currie Cup – 43; while the Vodacom Free State Cheetahs have conceded the second least number of tries – 21.

• Flyhalf Patrick Lambie (The Sharks) is currently the leading points’ scorer in this season’s competition – 142.

• Lambie represented the SA Under-20s during this year’s IRB Junior World Championship in Argentina. He also won the Absa Currie Cup Player of the Month award for July.

• The Vodacom Free State Cheetahs flyhalf Louis Strydom is currently the fifth leading points’ scorer in the 2010 Absa Currie Cup – 106. Strydom has played 109 games in this competition and has scored 814 career points in the competition.

• Springbok and Vodacom Free State Cheetahs winger Jongi Nokwe has scored 44 Absa Currie Cup tries in his career.

• The Sharks flanker Keegan Daniel scored a hat-trick of tries during his side’s 27-17 victory over the Barloworld Toyota Pumas in week three of the 2010 Absa Currie Cup.

• Centre Robert Ebersohn (Vodacom Free State Cheetahs) captained the SA Under-20s during the 2009 IRB Junior World Championship in Japan.

• Winger Lwazi Mvovo (The Sharks) is the second leading try-scorer in this season’s competition – nine.

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