Currie Cup

Cheetahs beat brave Griquas

2011-10-15 17:09
Adriaan Strauss (Gallo)
Bloemfontein - The Toyota Free State Cheetahs are on course for a home semi final in the Absa Currie Cup after beating GWK Griquas 49-39 in their last league game at Vodacom Park on Saturday.

The Cheetahs scored six tries to secure a bonus point.

The home side came into the match with a number of their stalwarts, such as flyhalves Johan Goosen, Sias Ebersohn and Riaan 'True Blue' Smit and wing Rayno Benjamin injured, which meant that regular scrumhalf Tewis de Bruyn started in the number 10 jersey.

Although not a recognized flyhalf, he did exceptionally well both on the attack and defense. His goal kicking was also a major factor for the home team.

Griquas were seen as favourites because they fielded the same side that impressed against the Blue Bulls last week, but the Cheetahs' depth was the deciding factor, with players like replacement prop Trevor Nyakane and wing Philip Burger making a huge impact when they were called up from the bench.

Free State battled in the first couple of minutes with Griquas getting quality ball and converting that possession into early points with Riaan Viljoen finishing a fine break by scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius.

Griquas led 10-0 before the Cheetahs awoke with a fine piece of play by winger Cameron Jacobs and later flank Lappies Labuschagne giving the home team the advantage.

The Cheetahs started the second half where they left off the first with Labuschagne scoring his second five pointer before hooker and captain Adriaan Strauss scored his own try.

That sparked another stanza of excellent play by the home side with Burger and centre Werner Griesel, on loan from the Griffons, each scoring a try.

A final spurt by Griquas saw wing Dusty Noble, prop Stef Roberts and scrum half Pretorius crossing the line.

Read more on:    currie cup  |  bloemfontein


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Irrespective of the result of the Springboks' bronze medal match against Argentina, should coach Heyneke Meyer be offered a contract extension?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


30 of the world's greatest golfers will be heading to the Gary Player Country Club for this year's Nedbank Golf Challenge - now in its 35th year. For all the latest news, player profiles, hole-by-hole descriptions and past winners, be sure to check out Sport24's dedicated section.

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.