Opening match of 2019/20 Guinness PRO14 in Toyota Stadium

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The Toyota Cheetahs have the honour of playing in the opening match of the 2019/20 Guinness PRO14, when they host the Scottish giants, Glasgow Warriors, at the Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein on Friday, 27 September.

In round two of three the Toyota Cheetahs will also be playing at home when they welcome the two Irish outfits, Ulster and Munster, to the City of Roses. It will be a tough baptism of fire for the new head coach, Hawies Fourie, however, in the past two campaigns the Toyota Cheetahs got their seasons underway abroad.

The Toyota Cheetahs will play in two three-match tours in Europe this season, and the first tour be followed by another one-match trip up North as few weeks later. The first tour starts in round four when they tackle the Connacht in Galway. This game will be followed by matches against Scarlets in Llanelli, Cardiff Blues in Cardiff, and Ospreys in Swansea.

“Finishing the PRO14 with six out of eight home games in that last stretch will help us in trying to qualify for the quarter-finals.” Said Coach Hawies Fourie.

“It is still a long way to go and we need to start well. In those three games upfront at the end of September and beginning of October, it will be vital for us to get ourselves in the competition. “If you start well you’ve always got a chance to do well in the competition.”

Round 10, which start in January, will see the Toyota Cheetahs traveling to Italy, where will they face Zebre. At the end of January, the Southern Kings will host the Toyota Cheetahs at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in the first South African derby. The following week the two teams will lock-horns again, but this time in Bloemfontein.

In February the team flies up north again where they will start in Dublin, against the PRO14 champions, Leinster, followed by matches against Ulster in Belfast, and against the Dragons in Newport.

From round 14 is where the drawn proves to be a very good one for the Toyota Cheetahs, as just two of their last eight games will not be played at home. The Toyota Cheetahs will welcome Leinster, Edinburgh and Ospreys to Bloemfontein, before jetting off to Scotland, for a one-match mini tour against the Glasgow Warriors.

The Toyota Cheetahs will wrap up their Conference games in Bloemfontein with three matches against Zebre, Dragons, Benetton Rugby, before playing against the Kings in Port Elizabeth again in the third and final South African derby.

The PRO14 knockout matches will be confirmed at a later date.

Fixtures:
27 September 2019 – Toyota Cheetahs vs. Glasgow Warriors, Toyota Stadium, 19:05.
5 October 2019 – Toyota Cheetahs vs. Ulster, Toyota Stadium, 18:15.
12 October 2019 – Toyota Cheetahs vs. Munster, Toyota Stadium, 18:15.
26 October 2019 – Connacht vs. Toyota Cheetahs, The Sportsground, 18:15.
2 November 2019 – Scarlets vs. Toyota Cheetahs, Parc y Scarlets, 17:00.
9 November 2019 – Cardiff Blues vs. Toyota Cheetahs, Cardiff Arms Park, 19:15.
30 November 2019 – Ospreys vs. Toyota Cheetahs, Liberty Stadium, 21:35.
4 January 2020 – Zebre vs. Toyota Cheetahs, Stadio Lanfranchi, 17:00.
25 January 2020 – Southern Kings vs. Toyota Cheetahs, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, TBC.
1 February 2020 – Toyota Cheetahs vs. Southern Kings, Toyota Stadium, TBC.
15 February 2020 – Leinster vs. Toyota Cheetahs, RDS Arena, 16:30.
22 February 2020 – Ulster vs. Toyota Cheetahs, Kingspan Stadium, 21:35.
29 February 2020 – Dragons vs. Toyota Cheetahs, Rodney Parade, 19:15.
21 March 2020 – Toyota Cheetahs vs. Leinster, Toyota Stadium, 17:00.
28 March 2020 – Toyota Cheetahs vs. Edinburgh, Toyota Stadium, 17:00.
11 April 2020 – Toyota Cheetahs vs. Ospreys, Toyota Stadium, 18:15.
17 April 2020 – Glasgow Warriors vs. Toyota Cheetahs, Scotstoun Stadium, 20:35.
25 April 2020 – Toyota Cheetahs vs. Zebre, Toyota Stadium, 16:00.
9 May 2019 – Toyota Cheetahs vs. Dragons, Toyota Stadium, 14:00
16 May 2020 – Toyota Cheetahs vs. Benetton Rugby, Toyota Stadium, 18:15.
TBC – Toyota Cheetahs vs. Southern Kings, Toyota Stadium, TBC.

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