Bloemfontein – The Cheetahs have the honour of playing in the opening match of the 2019/20 PRO14 when they host the Scottish giants, Glasgow Warriors, at the Free State Stadium on Friday, September 27.
In rounds two and three, the 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 Cheetahs got their seasons underway abroad.
The Cheetahs will play in two three-match tours in Europe this season, with the first tour to be followed by another one-match trip up north a 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,” Fourie said.
“It is still a long way to go and we need to start well. In those three games up front 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 starts in January, will see the Cheetahs