Kimberley - The Free State Cheetahs gained useful momentum in their Currie Cup
campaign by beating Griquas 36-25 at GWK Park in Kimberley on Saturday
The visitors scored five tries and bagged a bonus
point in the process by making use of their chances and capitalising
after Griquas lost a player to a red card for repeated infringements in
the breakdown area.
Both the Cheetahs and Griquas started at pace, showing every intention of playing running rugby.
was the Cheetahs who coped better with the pressure and they put the
first points on the scoreboard, with flyhalf Willie du Plessis goaling a
penalty in the eighth minute.
It was not long before the
Cheetahs struck again with lock Francois Uys scoring from the back of a
ruck after the visitors had put Griquas under immense pressure. And to
add insult to injury, Griquas' eighthman Carel Greeff was yellow-carded
for a professional foul.
The Cheetahs controlled most of the
possession in the first half and managed to convert some of it into
points. Winger Rayno Benjamin rounded off several good phases by the
visitors to score, with Du Plessis converting to give the Cheetahs a
This, however, was not the end of Griquas' woes.
Copping his second yellow card of the game for a professional foul,
Greeff was red-carded, leaving the hosts with 14 men on the park.
did their best with the deficit, and flyhalf Dean Grant succeeded with a
penalty shortly before half-time. The Cheetahs led 15-3 at the
The Griquas' players must have endured a real
tongue-lashing from coach Hawies Fourie at the break because they showed
more eagerness from the kick-off.
This produced much-needed
points as scrumhalf Tian Meyer scored for the home side after charging
down a clearance kick. Grant missed with the conversion, but he
succeeded with a penalty shortly afterwards to leave the hosts trailing
by just four points (15-11).
Sparked by Meyer's try, Griquas
finally took the lead with another good try by hooker Martin
Bezuidenhout, but the Cheetahs regained the advantage soon afterwards
via a try by fullback Clayton Blommetjies.
They sealed the result when flanker Tienie Burger scored his first try in Currie Cup rugby to give the visitors the bonus point.
A late try by Cheetahs' eighthman Jean Cook just rubbed salt into the home side's wounds.
State Cheetahs 36 (15): Tries: Francois Uys, Rayno Benjamin, Clayton
Blommetjies, Tienie Burger, Jean Cook. Conversions: Willie du Plessis,
Pieter-Steyn de Wet (3). Penalty: Willie du Plessis
Griquas 25 (3): Tries: Tian Meyer, Martin Bezuidenhout, Ederies Arendse. Conversions: Dean Grant (2). Penalty: Dean Grant.