Head to head: The Sharks v Cheetahs

Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 4 Jul 2014 at 12:02
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The second-placed Cell C Sharks will travel to Bloemfontein this weekend for their Round 18 encounter against the bottom of the log Toyota Cheetahs, at the Free State Stadium on Saturday.

Since 2006, they have played each other 12 times, with the Sharks winning 8. The biggest win for the Sharks was in 2012 when they won 34 – 15 at home. The Cheetahs have scored 215 points compared to The Sharks’ 284.

This year on average, the Cheetahs have conceded the most points (31.9) per game, with The Sharks the least (18.3) per game.

On average the Cheetahs make 115.7 tackles per game, missing 19.7, where The Sharks are only making 82.9 and missing 14.9 per game. The Cheetahs manages to beat 15.4 defenders per game while The Sharks beat 17.3 per game.

The Sharks concede more penalties per game (11.6) compared to The Cheetahs (11). A problem area for both teams is at scrum time, with Cheetahs being penalised 35 times and the Sharks 33. Another problematic area for the Sharks is being caught off side, while not releasing the ball at the breakdown is a concern for the Cheetahs.

The Cheetahs have a 86.41% success rate in the lineouts and a 84.24% success rate in the scrums, compared to The Sharks’ 86.60% in lineouts and 82.76% in scrums.

Stephan Lewies is the go-to man for the Sharks in the lineouts, taking 4.2 per game, and has won more lineouts (66) then any other player, he is also ranked 3rd for steals (7). Francios Uys has won the most for the Cheetahs (31), with 2.2 takes per game.

Francios Steyn is the top points scorer for the Sharks, with 129 points. Cobus Reinach is the top try scorer with 5, followed by Willem Alberts with 3. Johan Goosen is the top points scorer for The Cheetahs with 121 points. Boom Prinsloo, Willie le Roux and Cornal Hendricks are the top try scorers with 4 apiece.

The Sharks have scored 24 tries and conceded 18, scoring 9 of their tries in the last 20 minutes of their matches. They have concede 10 of the 18 tries in the last 20 minutes.

The Cheetahs on the other hand have scored 32 tries and have conceded 49, scoring most of their tries in the first 20 and last 20 minutes. They have conceded only 8 of their 49 tries in the first 20 minutes, and 19 in the last 20 minutes.

The Sharks are most dangerous inside their opponents’ half, where the Cheetahs can practically score from anywhere. The Sharks are most vulnerable to concede a try inside their own 22.

The last five results:
2014 Sharks 19 Cheetahs 8
2013 Sharks 6 Cheetahs 12, Cheetahs 22 Sharks 29
2012 Sharks 34 Cheetahs 15, Cheetahs 20 Sharks 34


  • Interesting stats, just made me more nervous about the game 😆

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.07.14 14:03:41 by StevieS Reply
  • I find it strange that Zeilinga is doing service in the XV and Swiel is called upon for super rugby duty. I would have though things the other way around. Zeilinga has proven himself at curry cup level and swiel has shown very little thusfar to justify him getting the Jersey in Lambie’s absence. Also Chavanga taking up a spot that Paul Jordaan could have had or even Heimar Williams? I like T C but he is not on form and very injury prone. At least with Jordaan Williams you could shift Frans to FH should the need arise and sub one of them in for center? Tondy can get back to form playing with the XV squad.

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.07.14 14:32:15 by coolfusion Reply

  • Factor in the Sharks great ability to choke then,Eish

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.07.14 15:04:06 by benji Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 2) : Fred hasn’t played a game for six weeks and last time Swiel played against the Blues he held up well,
    Jordaan is injured ,hammie,and I agree on TC he has hardly done anything to warrant a run on.
    I would have found a place for Esterhuizen.

  • Comment 4, posted at 04.07.14 16:05:01 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 4) : I hadn’t heard about Jordaan’s hammy. That’s a pity

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.07.14 17:06:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 4) : @robdylan (Comment 5) : hope Jordaan’s injury is not to bad and the bat he will be ok for the playoffs.

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.07.14 22:58:04 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : @The hound (Comment 4) : Jordaan would actually be a bloody good player if it wasnt for all the hammy problem, really feel for the guy

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.07.14 13:46:01 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • Hey Rob, vanmartin and JD and all the sharksworld bloggers, if the sharks win with a bonus point and with more than 10 points ill never post again on sharksworld, but I think that is sooo impossible so yah

  • Comment 8, posted at 05.07.14 14:09:59 by Windgat101 Reply

  • @Windgat101 (Comment 8) : Ek dink ons gaan jou weer hier sien. Die Sharks se driedruk rekord is hondkak.

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.07.14 17:52:55 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @Windgat101 (Comment 8) : I’d prefer you stay

  • Comment 10, posted at 05.07.14 18:02:02 by vanmartin Reply
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