Currie Cup

Cheetahs' confidence back

2012-10-20 13:31
Adriaan Strauss (Gallo Images)

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."



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
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


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.