Bloemfontein - The Free State Cheetahs moved to the top of the Currie Cup
standings after they hammered Griquas 68-14 at the Free State on Saturday.
As it happened: Cheetahs v Griquas
The Cheetahs outscored their fellow Central Province outfit by 10
tries to two as they moved four points above their opponents on the
Currie Cup table.
The home side got the onto the scoreboard as early as the sixth
minute as flank Junior Pokomela went over after some neat build-up play.
It was one-way traffic from then on as Henco Venter, Joseph Dweba and
William Small-Smith all crossed the whitewash as the hosts went into
the half-time interval leading 28-0.
Not long after the restart, Dweba went over for his second of the
afternoon with the hosts swiftly moving into a commanding 33-0 lead.
Griquas finally got on the board with a five-pointer by Eduan Keyter
in 48th minute but a try just two minutes later by the Cheetahs' Dries
Swanepoel quickly doused any thoughts of a miracle comeback by the
Ederies Arendse pulled another one back for the men from Kimberley
but further tries by Rabz Maxwane, Small-Smith, Swanepoel and Louis
Fouche made sure of the big win.
Cheetahs flyhalf Tian Schoeman converted six of the 10 tries scored
by the home team before being replaced by Fouche, who subsequently
converted three of the five-pointers.
In next weekend's action, Free State host the Golden Lions in Bloemfontein (Friday, August 2 - 19:15), while Griquas are away to the Blue Bulls in Pretoria (Saturday, August 3 - 17:15).
Tries: Junior Pokomela, Henco Venter, Joseph Dweba (2), William Small-Smith (2), Dries Swanepoel (2), Rabz Maxwane, Louis Fouche
Conversions: Tian Schoeman (6), Fouche (3)
Tries: Eduan Keyter, Ederies Arendse
Conversions: George Whitehead (2)
15 Darron Adonis, 14 William Small-Smith, 13 Benhard Janse van Rensburg, 12 Dries Swanepoel, 11 Rabz Maxwane, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Tian Meyer (captain), 8 Henco Venter, 7 Abongile Nonkontwana, 6 Junior Pokomela, 5 Walt Steenkamp, 4 Sintu Manjezi, 3 Aranos Coetzee, 2 Joseph Dweba, 1 Ox Nche
Substitutes: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Reinach Venter, 19 JP du Preez, 20 Marnus van der Merwe, 21 Gerhard Olivier, 22 Dian Badenhorst, 23 Louis Fouche
15 George Whitehead (captain), 14 Ederies Arendse, 13 Eduan Keyter, 12 Andre Swarts, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Tinus de Beer, 9 Zak Burger, 8 Neill Jordaan, 7 Sias Koen, 6 Gideon van der Merwe, 5 Johan Momsen, 4 Ian Groenewald, 3 Ewald van der Westhuizen, 2 AJ Le Roux, 1 Khwezi Mona
Substitutes: 16 Wilmar Arnoldi, 17 Mox Moxili, 18 Victor Sekekete, 19 Zandre Jordaan, 20 Chriswill September, 21 Michal Haznar, 22 Grant Hermanus, 23 Ruan Kramer