Updated on 24 October 2020 at 12:24 – The match between the Lions and the Cheetahs has been called off in line with COVID-19 regulations.
Super Rugby Unlocked reaches the third round of action across South Africa this weekend, with three more fixtures taking place on Friday and Saturday.
The Cheetahs have made a perfect start to the rebooted campaign with two wins from two – and not a little galvanised by their looming involuntary exit from the European PRO14 competition.
They make their way from the Free State to Johannesburg for a clash with the Lions at Emirates Airline Park on Saturday (kick off 16.30 SAST).
The hosts have suffered the first major Covid-19 outbreak of the tournament this week, with nine players ruled out as of Thursday thanks to four positive tests and the inevitable close contact leading to quarantine all round.
It’s a problem that also affects the Stormers, who will be without front row duo Steven Kitshoff and Scarra Ntubeni following their close contact with the Lions in the scrum last weekend.
The Cape side are up in Nelspruit on Friday night to tackle the Phakisa Pumas at the Mbombela Stadium (19.00), looking to back up their narrow opening match victory at Newlands.
Loftus Versfeld is the venue for the final fixture of round three, with the Bulls hosting the Sharks in Pretoria (19.00).
The home side have a win and a defeat to show for their efforts so far, while the visitors took an opening round victory into their bye last weekend.
Super Rugby Unlocked Round 3: Fixtures
Times are all SAST.
- Pumas vs Stormers, 19:00 – Friday, 23 October 2020
- Lions vs Cheetahs, 16:30 – Saturday, 24 October 2020
- Bulls vs Sharks, 19:00, Saturday, 24 October 2020
Super Rugby Unlocked Round 3: Predictions
Prediction methodology explained
The expected win percentage is based off publicly available odds. For example, if a team’s odds are 2.30, the expected chance of winning is 43%. If the odds are 1.62 the expected chance of winning is 62% and so on. These are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change. Where there is no value listed, the odds were not available at the time of writing.
The predicted points margin draws on calculations from by a New Zealand statistician.
Pumas vs Stormers
Lions vs Cheetahs
Bulls vs Sharks
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