Currie Cup

Pretorius loving life in Bloem

2014-10-03 11:35
Sarel Pretorius (Gallo)
Bloemfontein - Currie Cup centurion Sarel Pretorius says he has enjoyed many memorable moments during his career.

The Cheetahs scrumhalf made his 100th Currie Cup appearance against the EP Kings a fortnight ago, a major milestone only a few South African players have achieved since the domestic tournament's inception.

That weekend, he inspired the team to 37-24 bonus-point win in PE, an important result as they pursue a semi-final spot.

"I was very emotion throughout that week. It was definitely a proud moment for me," Pretorius told the MyPlayers website.

"It's an honour to play 100 Currie Cup games. I'm delighted that Free State managed a big win on the day, which made the celebrations so much sweeter."

Pretorius's senior provincial career began on the hard fields in Brakpan and Kimberley, where he played for the Valke and Griquas respectively between 2006 and 2011. During this time, he also made his Super Rugby debut for the Cheetahs in 2008, while he earned international honours by making the Emerging Springbok squad in the same season.

Pretorius made a surprise move to the Waratahs in Sydney in 2012 for one season, before returning to South Africa to join the Cheetahs. He said he's enjoying his time in Bloemfontein.

"I look back at my career and I'm lucky to have enjoyed so many great memories," said Pretorius. "Making my senior debut for the Valke in 2006 and that outstanding campaign with Griquas in 2009, when we won eight games under coach Dawie Theron, were memorable moments. My time in Sydney and Bloemfontein has also been great.

"The coaches at the Cheetahs back me to run the ball when possible. That freedom helps a lot. I really enjoy the style of play we try to execute on the field.

"I have many friends and family in and around the city in Bloem, so I'm happy on and off the field here."

At the age of 30, Pretorius added that there's plenty he still wants to achieve over the next few years.

"The Cheetahs are going through rebuilding phase after losing so many players after Super Rugby. We have blooded some exciting young talent during the Currie Cup, which is a great stepping stone to Super Rugby," said Pretorius.

"My ultimate dream has always been to play for the Springboks. If that doesn't work out, I'd like to finish my career overseas. My immediate focus right now is helping out here at the Cheetahs where I can."

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