Cheetahs beat brave Griquas

2011-10-15 17:09

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.


  • Zion - 2011-10-15 19:03

    I would have expected a higher score difference than ten only. Ironically what theBokke could not get right overseas they seem to have mastered at home, Bulle, Cheetahs and WP. In this case Lord Time timely stepped into the game to prevent the Griquas overtaking the Cheetahs.

  • Pieter - 2011-10-15 19:14

    Cheetahs, you almost blew it! I bet you thought you would go away with a much higher points difference. Griquas, you could have pulled it through but you just faded at certain stages and allowed the Cheetahs to do whatever they wanted. My prediction? Cheetahs and WP in the Currie Cup final. iIm a WP supporter, so the cup is coming home at last after many years!

  • Dawie - 2011-10-15 22:28

    Sorry Griekwas - ons gaan julle mis - ek het gedink julle kan n haas uit n hoed trek !! Gaan rus nou en volgende jaar vat ons hulle !!! Nou wie moet ek nou support, Cheetahs ???? nee nog nie, Sharks - maybe ???, Lions - maybe - WP - Maybe ?? ........................ Okay die keuse is gemaak !!!

  • Jason - 2011-10-16 09:33

    Die Blou Bul eet van die vloer af

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