Bloemfontein - Cheetahs speedster Rayno
Benjamin has revealed the story behind his viral try celebration.
While the Cheetahs suffered a disappointing
45-24 defeat to the Highlanders in Bloemfontein last weekend, there was a bit
of a highlight during the team’s resurgence in the second half.
The home side scored three tries in quick
succession, with Benjamin diving over for the first five-pointer thanks to a
good off-load from loose forward Willie Britz.
After his try, Benjamin used the ball as a
cellphone, creating a memorable celebration with Britz.
When asked about story behind it, Benjamin
explained that there was a sentimental attachment.
“I first did that try celebration when I
scored a hat-trick against the Stormers back in 2011. It’s a message for my
son, who always asks when I’m going to call when I’m away for rugby,” Benjamin
“Recently, he asked me when I’m going to
call him on the TV again… so I promised him I’d do it after my next try. It’s
great that I can do something special for my son on the field.”
Benjamin added that the Cheetahs will be
looking to return to winning ways when they face the Lions at home this
“We were obviously disappointed with the
result against the Highlanders. We know we’re better than that,” said Benjamin.
“The great thing, though, is that the boys are rebuilding that confidence and
we’re determined to get that win.
“The Lions are playing good rugby and
they’ll be tough opponents in another exciting ‘cat fight’ on Saturday. We’ll
definitely be up for the challenge.”
Benjamin has been included on the bench for
Saturday’s clash at Free State Stadium (17:05 kick-off). He will play his 50th
Super Rugby match should he get game time.
15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Cornal
Hendricks, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Michael van der Spuy, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10
Francois Brummer, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Boom Prinsloo, 6 Carel
Greeff, 5 Francois Uys (captain), 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Maks van Dyk, 2 Torsten van
Jaarsveld, 1 Danie Minnie
Substitutes: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 BG Uys,
18 Ewald van der Westhuizen, 19 Steven Sykes, 20 Henco Venter, 21 Shaun Venter,
22 Coenie van Wyk, 23 Rayno Benjamin
15. Andries Coetzee, 14. Ruan Combrinck,
13. Lionel Mapoe, 12. Howard Mnisi, 11. Courtnall Skosan, 10. Elton Jantjies,
9. Faf de Klerk, 8. Warren Whiteley (captain), 7. Warwick Tecklenburg, 6. Jaco Kriel, 5. Martin Muller, 4. Andries
Ferreira, 3. Ruan Dreyer, 2. Robbie Coetzee, 1. Jacques van Rooyen
Substitutes: 16. Armand van der Merwe, 17.
Schalk van der Merwe, 18. Julian Redelinghuys, 19. Franco Mostert, 20. Robert
Kruger, 21. Ross Cronje, 22. Jaco van der Walt, 23. Harold Vorster
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