Heat is on for The Cheetahs

The Cheetahs face an uphill task in the International Rugby Board Sevens Series.

The tournament, which resumes at the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium tomorrow, sees the national side on the back foot after losing two of their games in the Dubai leg last weekend.

Add to that an unkind draw that pitted the national team alongside former champions Fiji, a resurgent Wales and Portugal, in a relatively tough Group D and chances continue to diminish.

If last week’s form is anything to go by, then the Cheetahs are destined for destruction. A week ago, they fell 3-0 to New Zealand and 26-0 to France. They only managed one win, after they beat nonentities Kenya 21-5.

The Cheetahs are playing at the Sevens series at the invitation of IRB. Meanwhile, the IRB this week also confirmed the pool draw for the Sevens World Series.

Dubai champions England top pool A and face a tough trio of matches against semi-finalists in that tournament, Argentina, Bowl runners-up USA and Shield winners Samoa.

As Cup runners-up, France top Pool B in Port Elizabeth and will play pool matches on day one against reigning Series and SA Sevens champions New Zealand, Dubai Bowl winners Scotland and African qualifiers Morocco. Hosts South Africa top Pool C and play Australia, who beat them in the Dubai Plate final, Canada and Kenya.

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