Toyota Cheetahs gears up for a historic match in Amsterdam

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The Toyota Cheetahs arrived in Amsterdam on Tuesday and they look forward to a historic game as this will mark the first time for the Toyota Cheetahs to play in the Netherlands. The match at the sold-out NRCA Stadium at kicks off at 15:00 (SA time) on Sunday and will be live on SuperSport.

The Bloemfontein side was successful in the first two rounds when they beat Zebre 33-15 in Parma and the Sharks 32-29 in Bloemfontein. The Toyota Cheetahs will host Section Paloise at the NRCA Stadium in Amsterdam on Sunday, 14 January and play against Oyonnax to round off their pool stage fixtures on 20 January 2024 in Oyonnax, France.

One of the EPCR’s conditions for the Toyota Cheetahs’ participation as an invitee in the 2023/24 EPCR Challenge Cup was for the team to be based in Europe. “The Toyota Cheetahs express heartfelt gratitude to Rugby Netherlands for their invaluable support in organizing the EPCR Challenge Cup match at the NRCA Stadium in Amsterdam, and for providing a welcoming home in Europe. We sincerely appreciate their assistance.” Said Ross van Reenen, CEO of the Toyota Cheetahs.

“We are going to continue where we left off last year, I want to focus on our processes which is going to lead us.” Said Victor Sekekete, Captain of the Toyota Cheetahs.

Coach Hawies Fourie said: “It will be a new start for us but I feel that we know what we want to do. We know how we want to play, and the team is well-prepared. We’ve come through a tough Currie Cup since then and I think the team work well together.”

“We don’t want to be complacent, so I’ve been tough on the team and players during sessions because if you get complacent then you are going into your comfort zone, and you end up losing games you should have won.”

Coach Hawies Fourie announced his team for the encounter:


Toyota Cheetahs

15. Tapiwa Mafura

14. Munier Hartzenberg

13. Evardi Boshoff

12. Reinhardt Fortuin

11. Cohen Jasper

10. George Lourens

9. Ruan Pienaar

8. Jeandré Rudolph

7. Friedle Olivier

6. Gideon van der Merwe

5. Victor Sekekete (C )

4. Rynier Bernardo

3. Aranos Coetzee

2. Louis van der Westhuizen

1. Schalk Ferreira


16. Marko Janse van Rensburg

17. Alulutho Tshakweni

18. Hencus van Wyk

19. Carl Wegner

20. Daniel Maartens

21. Sibabalo Qoma

22. Rewan Kruger

23. Ali Mgijima


Match officials: The referee for the match is Hollie Davidson. She will be assisted by Jonny Perriam and Rob McDowell.

Next match: Pool 1, Round 4: Oyonnax vs Toyota Cheetahs, Saturday, 20 January at 16:15 (17:15 SA time) at Stade Charles-Mathon.

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