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    Cheetahs' field covered in a blanket!

    2014-03-03 13:32
    Cape Town - The Cheetahs will return from the Australasian leg of their Super Rugby campaign to a better looking surface at Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein.

    The condition of the playing surface deteriorated in the last while which forced the Free State Rugby Union to enlist the help of experts to resurrect the field.

    The union has enlisted "grass specialist" Christo Coetzer to the fix the problem.

    Coetzer, along with Piet le Roux, a professor from the University of the Free State, now have the task of getting the field in order before the Cheetahs return from their tour.

    "The field for the last two games looked pathetic. We're not shying away from that. It is, however, not the rugby union's fault," Coetzer told the Volksblad website.

    The Cheetahs face the Reds (March 7), Hurricanes (March 15) and Blues (March 22) before returning to South Africa.

    Their next home game is against the Chiefs on April 5.

    The specialists have covered the field in a blanket to prevent birds from eating the seed they've planted.

    The Cheetahs confirmed as much on their Facebook page on Monday, writing: Veld met n kombers oor om te keer dat die voels nie die nuwe saad opvreet nie.

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