Pumas vs Cheetahs
Pick based on Asian handicap. Not familiar with handicaps? Read our Asian handicap betting guide
Rugby, South Africa, Currie Cup
The Pumas are back in the Premier Division after a perfect season in First Division last year where they simply won all their matchs and then won the promotion/relegation play-offs against Griquas.
They lost their kicking scorer Bezuidenhoudt who left for Edinburgh during the middle of european season, but this is only key player who left from last year, indeed they succeed to keep the same squad with among it, the exciting back three with Van Wyk and the two players who played with SpringBoks in Rugby 7's. Van Wyk is injured and won't play tonight but the Pumas have recruited another speedy SprinBok from Rugby 7's, Ruwellyn Isbell, so I am pretty sure that the absence of Van Wyk won't be felt.
On the opposite side, like the other Super Rugby teams, the Cheetahs have many players missing for the first part of the season. Indeed Strauss, Nyakane, Mohojé, De Jager, Le Roux, Hendricks are with the national team for the Rugby Championship, the two Oosthuizen, Labbuschagné and Cook are rested or injured after the Super Rugby season, while Goosen, Van der Walt, Danillier, De Klerk or Landman just left the Cheetahs to join an european team.
Then this is a quite experimental team who can have a lack of automatism who will play the first couple of matchs with half of the squad who already make their proofs at Currie Cup/Super Rugby's level such as Rhule, Venter, Pretorius or Prinsloo but the other half who is young and completely lacks of experience such as Coertzen, De Bruin, Burger or Classen.
With those conditions, I think that Pumas have a gold opportunity to win this first match, knowing also that this is already a must win match for them, because when the SpringBoks will come back in their Super Rugby teams plus the rested players, well the Pumas won't probably have any chance to compete against those teams.
So I think that Pumas can win this match, I play their handicap which covers a loss of 5 points.
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