Cheetahs - a brief rugby history
Colours: Jersey: Orange with Purple trim Shorts: Orange Socks: Orange
Home Ground: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
The most appearances is by Adriaan Strauss (97)
The most points scored is by Josias Ebersohn (220)
The most tries scored is by Sarel Pretorius (22)
The Cheetahs were formed in 2006. The current franchise represents the South African Rugby Regions of Free State & Northern Cape.
In 2017 they play 8 home games against the Lions, Bulls, Sunwolves, Sharks, Chiefs, Crusaders, Highlanders & Stormers. They will play 7 away games against the Jaguares, Stormers, Bulls, Blues, Hurricanes, Sunwolves & kings.
Their head coach is Franco Smith. The assistant coaches are Corniel van Zyl, Charl Strydom & Daan Human.
Previous head coaches were Naka Drotske & Rassie Erasmus.
In 11 years have had 2 coaches & used 162 players.
The 2017 captain is Oupa Mohoje.
The squad is: Justin Basson, Rayno Benjamin, Clayton Blommetjies, Tom Botha, Tienie Burger, Uzair Cassiem, Johan Coetzee, Luan de Bruin, Erich de Jager, Jacques du Toit, Joseph Dweba, Ryno Eksteen, Elandre Huggert, Reniel Hugo, Gunther Janse van Vuren, Niell Jordaan, Armandt Koster, Nico Lee, Hilton Lobberts, Charles Marais, Niel Marais, Steven Meiring, Tian Meyer, Danie Mienie, Ali Mgijima, Zee Mkhabela, Ox Nche, Gerhard Olivier, Sergeal Petersen, Junior Pokomela, Boom Prinsloo, Fiffy Rampeta, Raymond Rhule, Paul Schoeman, William Small-Smith, JP Smith, Clinton Swart, Francois Uys, Michael van der Spuy, Torsten van Jaarsveld, Francois Venter, Henco Venter, Reinach Venter, Shaun Venter, Ntokozo Vidima, Dennis Visser, Carl Wegner, Jasper Wiese, Lihleli Xoli, Fred Zeilinga.
They finished in 14th position at the end of the 2016 round-robin stages.
They have finished in the top 6 of the round-robin stages once in 9 years. Their worst finish was 14th out of 14 in 2009.
In the playoffs they have never reached a final.
Their average finishing position is 11.36.
They are 15th on the New Zealand TAB fixed odds to win the competition @ NZ$101.00.
On Centre bet (Aus) they are picked at 15th @ A$67.00.