Cape Town – Experienced Cheetahs and Springbok scrumhalf, Ruan Pienaar and Southern Kings lock, JC Astle, are thrilled at the prospect of the 2019/20 PRO14 season kicking off in two weeks’ time and said their teams were ready to get down to business in the competition.
The Cheetahs will host 2018/19 finalists, the Glasgow Warriors, in the opening match of the competition in Bloemfontein on Friday, September 27, while the Southern Kings kick off their campaign against the Cardiff Blues at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday, September 28.
Pienaar, who was a key figure in the Free State Cheetahs’ Currie Cup victory against the Xerox Golden Lions last Saturday, said at the PRO14 launch in Johannesburg on Thursday that the celebrations were now over, and the Free Staters were ready to stake a claim for the PRO14 title.
“We are very pleased with how the Currie Cup turned out for us” said Pienaar.
“It has been a great week with a lot of celebrations, but our focus is now on the PRO14, and we are excited to get going.
“The one thing we know for sure is that winning our home games will be very important, and with our first three matches in Bloemfontein, hopefully we can get the season off to a good start.”
Pienaar was pleased with the team’s form going into the PRO14 and said: “We played eight matches in the Currie Cup and that was great