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Cheetahs are ready to have bite at Ulster

 

By Jonathan Bradley

Guinness PRO14 new boys the Cheetahs have warned Ulster they will be ready to start the season with a bang at the Kingspan Stadium on Friday night.

The Bloemfontein outfit, along with Southern Kings, have joined the newly named PRO14 for an historic union between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres and will be looking to show they belong after being axed from Super Rugby.

And with Les Kiss' side having shown poor form in pre-season - losing both friendlies and shipping more than 80 points - the Cheetahs will sense blood against a side set to begin the campaign without a number of established stars.

"Anything we enter into, we want to win," said Cheetahs coach Rory Duncan. "I'm not saying we will, but there'll be 15 players on the field giving their utmost. Our brand, our culture, we want to represent that. We're going to do whatever we can to make it work.

"We will be starting with a few niggles from the back end of Super Rugby and start of the Currie Cup, but I'm confident. This is an opportunity to compare our strength with the Northern Hemisphere and is what our supporters have been asking for.

"It's something that we've wanted for a long time, it's something our supporters have wanted for a long time, and now they're going to get the opportunity to see it."

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