Eduan Keyter of Griquas. (Photo by Frikkie Kapp/Gallo Photography)
The Cheetahs put in an underwhelming exclaim their own praises to originate their Currie Cup marketing campaign with a shock defeat to a ambitious Griquas facet at Tafel Lager Park.
It modified into a disappointing performance from the Free Staters, who looked
lacking in assault and on defense as they allowed the Griquas to achieve
three unanswered tries within the closing 25 minutes and flee away with the
The necessary half modified into a low-scoring affair seriously short on quality
which left the Cheetahs trailing 7-3 on the atomize. The hosts with out dispute had
the higher of the 40 minutes, veritably striking the Cheetahs below stress
and coming with regards to scoring on quite a lot of cases.
When Griquas No 8 Hanru Sirgel modified into sent to the bin for 10 minutes in
the 26th minute, on the change hand, it perceived to give the guests a resolve on, and
after a rare foray into their opponents’ 22, frail Springbok scrumhalf
Ruan Pienaar slotted his first kick of the afternoon to originate the
scoring and put the guests in entrance.
The Griquas continued to leer unhealthy on assault, on the change hand, and two
minutes earlier than half-time, they purchased the strive they’d been threatening to
glean all match.
After some extra scrappy play, Eduan Keyter stumbled on some position by
breaking the line earlier than drawing within the final defender and offloading to
fullback Masixole Banda for the strive. George Whitehead’s conversion modified into
fair, because the Griquas headed into half-time with their tails up.
The Cheetahs will deserve to contain gotten an earful within the dressing room as a consequence of they got here out taking a survey a bit of bit higher after the atomize.
After finally striking together some affected person portion-play interior Griquas
territory, No 8 Gideon van Wyk picked the ball up within the motivate of the
ruck, and with nobody in entrance of him, charged the entire choice to the strive
line. Pienaar added the extras at hand the Cheetahs the lead for the
first time within the match.
But the Griquas hit motivate 5 minutes later after centre Jay-Cee Nel
took beefy benefit of some sloppy Cheetahs defence to achieve an even
solo strive, with Whitehead converting to position them four parts optimistic.
And the males from Kimberley weren’t carried out but, taking complete regulate of
the competition within the closing 20 minutes with two additional tries – one from
enormous man Mzwanele Zito and the 2nd from Keyter following an intercept –
to consign the proud Cheetahs to a humiliating defeat.
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