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Cheetahs' confidence back

2012-10-20 13:31

Bloemfontein - The Free State Cheetahs are confident of keeping their place in the Currie Cup premier division, according to captain Adriaan Strauss, after they thumped the Eastern Province Kings in the first of two promotion/relegation games here on Friday night.

The Cheetahs scored eight tries, romping to a 53-14 victory and leaving the Kings with a huge ask at their home ground in Port Elizabeth next week.

"The victory definitely gives us a lot of confidence for the remaining game," Strauss said.

"It's another vital week for us and we will put everything in to make 100 percent sure we remain in the Currie Cup (top-flight)."

The home side played an attacking style of rugby from the start, trumping the visitors on attack, in the scrums and at the breakdown area.

"These eight tries could have been even more, but we put ourselves under pressure at times," Strauss said.

"We came out with the mentality to play attractive running rugby, especially in the first half.

"When we got to their side of the field, we scored the points, so all-in-all we're pretty happy."

Kings captain Wayne Stevens admitted the Cheetahs had given them a hiding and that they faced a huge challenge in the return leg.

"We got a rugby lesson against the Cheetahs," Stevens said.

"We leaked too many tries and just couldn't hold on to the ball.

"We gave away too much turnover possession and it showed on the scoreboard.

"Eight tries against us is unacceptable. We still have a mathematical chance of getting to the Currie Cup (premier division), and we will put in everything this week."

The Cheetahs broke the Kings' 16-game unbeaten streak, but Stevens was adamant that his side, set to make their Super Rugby debut next season, could retain their unbeaten status at home as they looked to make the step up from the first division of the domestic competition.

"There is still a lot of pride on the line," Stevens said.

"We want to give something back to our home crowd."

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Comments
  • vickers.vermeulen - 2012-10-20 14:05

    And these clowns are competing in the Super rugby next season. The damage done to rugby in South Africa will be massive.

      bruce.krebs.7 - 2012-10-20 14:36

      The EP rugby players play their hearts out. Dont blame the players, but the pathetic administrators and polititions (read Cheeky Watson) who will go to any lenghts to serve their own interests at the expense of SA rugby

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-10-20 14:36

    This has got to do with politics when they let this EP Kings into the Super Rugby. Hope each and every team they play will give them an unforgettable hiding so that SARU can see what a mess they made.

  • josias.hendrik - 2012-10-20 14:39

    Briljant statement Cheetahs,wonder how will the Stormers,Bulls,and the Sharks do to the babies of the super 15 next year...CANT WAIT.not mentioning the Ausies and the AB teams YUM YUM

      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-10-22 12:56

      There is talks going on that they are going to allow a team from Ethiopia so east cape (small letters on purpose) may not come last.

  • herman.booysen2 - 2012-10-20 14:51

    This should not even happen, I still think that the time has come to keep Boks out of Currie Cup and open it up wider so that EP Kings have a fair change. The boks can play in super rugby and then championship (4 nations) and outgoing and incoming tours. Now we had 3 boks already out , Bekker , de Villiers and oosthuizen out with injuries for the end of the year tours. If EP kings are good enough let them win a CC first before they grab a franchise from the current curie cup champions. The current situation make me want to puke like an elephant.

      tommy.murphy.50552 - 2012-10-21 07:47

      I Fully agree with you about the boks not to plaý cc rugby come end of year tour and they get a hiding Them they Sáy ja the Players were tired

  • nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-10-20 15:18

    Cheetahs only really played one half of rugby, first half. Second half was bit of a mess, too loose and Cheetahs allowed the Kings to score tries against them. This will probably be the lowest score against the Kings for some years to come, as they are going to be extremely demotivated end of next year and will loose LOTS of players when they loose their super rugby franchise. This whole thing has been done wrong by SARU and the Puke family!

  • deon.booysen - 2012-10-20 16:27

    "We want to give something back to our home crowd." Then both of them will be happy.

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-10-20 17:15

    Saru has managed to unite South Africans AGAINST the kings. Hope they are happy now.

  • chris.kriek.7 - 2012-10-21 05:25

    The Kings lose 53-14d to the team that ended last in the Currie Cup yet the replace the Lions who reached the semi final, in the Super Rugby competition. How on earth can SARFU justify that?

  • tommy.murphy.50552 - 2012-10-21 07:54

    Give EP a break did every one conviently forgêt what they called the Bulls when this competions started years back just to remind you \die melk koeie\ y

      vickers.vermeulen - 2012-10-21 19:09

      Tommy they can have all the breaks in the world if and when they deserve their place in Super15 rugby. By sneaking in through the back door and replacing one of the top 4 teams in the Currie cup (a competition for where they a clearly not up to the standard of the worst team) they are making SA rugby the laughing stock of world rugby.

  • ran.map.7 - 2012-10-21 23:01

    it was just a wake-up call adriaan , nobody is save on this level of the competition.

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