Cheetahs fight back to beat Griquas in Currie Cup

The Free State Cheetahs provisionally moved to the top of the Currie Cup standings when they beat Griquas 16-29 after a second half surge in Kimberley.

Coach Naka Drotske’s men dug deep after an average first half in which
Griquas did most of the playing but in the second half the Free State Cheetahs
produced a stellar performance.

Like last week against Western Province, the wind seemed to be the home side’s
curse and the Peacock Blues struggled to finish off their attacks.

The Cheetahs had an untidy start and in the first half never looked like the
same side that ran over the Blue Bulls last week.

Johan Goosen had a couple of attempts at goal in the wind, one of them falling
short from a distance of 67 metres, but he slotted his side’s first penalty
goal in the 32nd minute to put the visitors on the scoreboard.

The teams went into the break with the score level on 10 points all after big
lock Ligtoring Landman and winger Rocco Jansen scored in succession for the
hosts before flanker Lappies Labuschagne dotted down for the visitors on the
half time siren.

Goosen kicked the conversion to end a lacklustre first 40 minutes.

The Cheetahs came back looking more determined on defence and attack. Their
discipline, unfortunately, was still left wanting and Griquas fly half Francois
Brummer made them pay with his kicking boot.

The Cheetahs regained composure and the lead when flanker Frans Viljoen went
over in the corner after some good attacking play. Goosen’s replacement, Sias
Ebersohn, converted.

The visitors stretched their lead when young winger Raymond Rhule finished
a break by scrum half Sarel Pretorius.

Griquas hung on by the skin of their teeth after Brummer kicked another penalty,
but the hosts needed to produce some of the same quality play they dished up
in the first half, which they failed to do.

Pretorius scored the Cheetahs bonus point try against his former side and replacement
Nico Scheepers converted to give the Bloemfontein-based side a 13 point lead.

Like last weekend against the Western Province, Griquas were worn out in the
last 15 minutes and struggled to keep possession.

The visitors improved their discipline and used the ball to great effect.

The hosts defended well – the only positive to come out of another long day
at the office.

Final Score Griquas 16 (10) Cheetahs 29 (10)


Tries: Ligtoring Landman, Rocco Jansen.
Pen: Francois Brummer (2).
Con :

Tries: Lappies Labuschagne, Frans Viljoen, Raymond Rhule, Sarel Pretorius
Pen: Johan Goosen.
Con: Johan Goosen, Sias Ebersohn, Nico Scheepers.


Free State Cheetahs:

15. Hennie Daniller, 14. Ryno Benjamin, 13. Robert Ebersohn (c), 12. Barry Geel, 11. Raymond Rhule, 10. Johan Goosen, 9. Sarel Pretorius, 8. Lucas Floors, 7. Pieter Labuschagne, 6. Frans Viljoen, 5. Izak van der Westhuizen, 4. Andries Ferreira, 3. Marcel van der Merwe, 2. Hercu Liebenberg, 1. Trevor Nyakane.

Replacements: 16. Elandre Huggett, 17. Schalk van der Merwe, 18. Francois Uys, 19. Davon Raubenheimer, 20. Tewis de Bruyn, 21. Sias Ebersohn, 22. Nico Scheepers.

Griquas :

Willie le Roux, Jannie Boshoff, Stefan Watermeyer, Walter Venter, Rocco Jansen, Francois Brummer, Jacques Coetzee, Leon Karemaker, Justin Downey, Wesley Wilkins, Martin Muller, Ligtoring Landman, Lourens Adriaanse, Ryno Barnes (captain), Steph Roberts.

Replacements: Matt Dobson, Janro van Niekerk, Ivann Espag, Frikkie Spies, Chase Minnaar, Marnus Hugo, Marnitz Boshoff.

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