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Free State Cheetahs

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Blue Bulls

Currie Cup | Bloemfontein
15:10 (GMT) | 13-08-2016
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That will be the last action of the match as the ref blows his whistle, the home side securing a 43-20 win over the Blue Bulls!!
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Two minutes remaining, and its a scrum near the Blue Bulls' 22. Blue Bulls secure the ball and slots it downfield in the hands of Maphutha Dolo.
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Blue Bulls on the attack from the restart, Cheetahs rip the ball and Blommetjes gives a brilliant kick for a line-out in the Blue Bulls redzone. Cheetahs fail to secure the ball and Stander slots it to safety.
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Neil Marais slots over the extras, 43-20 to the homeside!!
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Hard work created by the forwards on the Blue Bulls 22 sends Ryno Benjamin on his way to score the try, the wing rounds two defenders to go down in the corner!
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Joshua Stander adds the extras for his side!!!
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The throw in ruled skew and its a scrum on the Cheetahs 10m. Blue Bulls secure the ball in the scrum and puts on an attack, they shifted the ball wide to the wings but the big Ruan Steenkamp went down for the try!
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Cheetahs win the scrum, but a poor kick by Niel Marais gives the Blue Bulls a line-out on the Cheetahs' 10m.
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Blue Bulls really putting the Cheetahs under pressure with their fresh legs on the park. Their win the line-out on the Cheetahs' 10m and sets up a gutsy attack but confusion in the backline result in a knock on.
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Rudolph Snyman charge in at the ruck forced the referee to overturn the decision and award the penalty to Cheetahs inside their own 5 metre.
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Blue Bulls look dangerous as they seek a try, they win a penalty inside the Cheetahs' 5 meter and opt for a line-out. Blue Bulls secure the line out and Andre Warner looks to add his name on the score sheet but is tackled.
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Zeilinger adds the extras to extend his side lead, 36-13
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Rhule always looking for work gives a pass to Francois Venter who pops it over the head of two Blue Bulls defenders to send his partner William Small-Smith over the chalk for a try, 34-13
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Tian Meyer with a box kick from his own 22, but Jamba Ulengo collects and win the ball for Blue Bulls . The Blue Bulls still have possession but a tackle by Blommethes on Basson results n a line -out on the Blue Bulls 22.
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Cheetahs secure the ball from the line out on the halfway mark. They set up an attack. Torsten van Jaarsveld with a great pass to continue the attack. Blue Bulls unable to defend and Uzair Cassiem goes over for a try in the corner, Zeilinger unable to convert the kick from the touchline and the score remains, 29-13
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Tian Schoeman with clearance but the Cheetahs keep the ball inside and sets up another attack from their own half.
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Zeilinger kicks the ball behind the try line and its a restart on the Blue Bulls' 22. Tian Schoeman kicks find Zeilinger and the flyhalf missed two tackles but his offload is knocked on by Rhule near the touchline.
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The ref gives the Cheetahs a general warning as they give away another penalty on their own 10m. Tian Schoeman steps up and this time a relatively easy kick and he slots it over this time, 13-24
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A great steal by Niell Jordaan and Rhule kicks it out but just as far as Jamba Ulengo who wins a penalty for his side on the Cheetahs 10 m. Tian Schoeman steps up and missed the kick, score remains, 24-10.
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Bejamin makes a run but runs out of space and support and the Blue Bulls gets the turnover. The men from Pretoria are building some great phases inside the Cheetahs 22.
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Knock-on by Bjorn Basson just inside their own half and it is a scrum. Cheetahs win another penalty for illegal scrummaging by Blue Bulls. Cheetahs opt with a quick tap and go but Blue Bulls forces the turnover and Van Zyl kick sin the hands of Benjamin
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Tian Schoeman gets the second half underway. Teams are deep in the Cheetahs' half and Tian Meyer clears it for a line out on the half way mark.

Half Time

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With seconds remaining the Blue Bulls gives away a penalty on their 10 m Zeilinger feels he can slots it over and on the stroke of haltime he gets the three points, 24-10 to the host
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Zellinger with a great pop to Rhule on the halfway mark. Rhule has only one man to beat and he kicks it over the top, but a good tackle by Jamba Ulengo ensure he knocks the ball forward inside the Blue Bulls 5 metre. Scrum to the Blue Bulls.
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The Blue Bulls maul going nowhere and Van Zyl gives a box kick. Blommetjies and Basson contested for the high ball and Basson wins the battle on the Cheetahs' 22.
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Scrum is reset, and Blue Bulls wins a penalty Retshegofaditswe Nche penalised for illegal scrummaging.
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The game is opening up, the driving maul by the hosts on the Blue Bulls 22 and the Cheetahs look dangerous. Tian Meyer with a pop pass to Benjamin who just reads it too late and it is a scrum on the Blue Bulls 5 metre line.
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Zellinger steps up and perfects his record with 3 successive kicks!, 21-10
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And the forward Retshegofaditswe OX Nche with a great break run 50 metres to extend the lead.
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Schoeman adds the extras to put the Blue Bulls in double figures!
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Jannes Kirsten finally breaks the deadlock as he burst over the try line for the visitors
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Jenkins with a great beak and place it for Van Zyl, who gives a nice pass to Arno Botha who goes over the line, but the ref calls for a TMO who rules Ryno Benjamin kicked the ball from the side of the ruck and penalty to Blue Bulls but no try.
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Blue Bulls master a great attack, the lock Jason Jenkins the pacesetter, unfortunately a kind bounce of the ball ensure Ryno Benjamin secure it and prevents the possible try.
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Some aerial ping pong by the two teams as both sides try to gain the advantage but in the end Raymond Rhule wins the battle and gets a line out .
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Reset scrum, Cheetahs penalised for movement before the ball went in and Blue Bulls slots it out their own 22 for a line out on the Cheetahs 10 meter.
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Driving maul on the Blue Bulls' 22. And Cheetahs pass it out however, a forward pass by Raymond Rhule to Blommetjies puts a halt on their attack. Scrum to the Blue Bulls inside their own 22
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Cheetahs just seem to dominate the line outs today. winning another line out as Ox Nche. secure the loose ball.
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Raymond Rhule with an amazing tackle inside his own 22 stripped the ball from the Blue Bulls and his side slots the ball down field to relieve some Blue Bulls' pressure.
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Blue Bulls put on an attack Arno Botha with a great break misses a few tackles as he breaks through the Cheetahs' 22.
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A difficult kick but Zeilinger makes no mistake and adds the extras, 14-3
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Again from the set-piece the Cheetahs put on some great phases among the backline to send Blommetjies over for a try in the corner
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Cheetahs on the attack after securing the line out, Zeilinger spot the open space and gives a kick and wins a line-out on the Blue Bulls 22.
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Just after the try, Cheetahs concede a penalty and Schoeman puts the visitors on the board
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Fred Zeilinga adds the extras!! 7-0 to the hosts
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Cheethas secured the ball from the line out. Niell Jordaan juggles the ball but place it well. Francois Venter receives a great pass and scores a try
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Clayton Blommetjies gets the game underway. Blue Bulls found themselves deep in their own half and Tian Schoeman had no choice but to slot the ball for the first line out of the match!
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Good weather conditions as teams make their way to the park.
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A good crowd attendance for the highly contested encounter of the weekend! The man taking control of the match is referee Lesego Legoete while his assistance is Archie Sehlako and Jaco Kotze. The TMO for the match is JJ Wagner
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Today the Blue Bulls will be hunting their fifth successive victory against the Free State Cheetahs. Before last year's defeat at home, however, the Free State Cheetahs won four and drew one of their last five matches against the Blue Bulls in Bloemfontein.
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Utility back Ulrich Beyers will make a return to the Blue Bulls side. He will play at fullback in one of two enforced backline changes made by Blue Bulls coach Nollis Marais. Bjorn Basson moves to wing in place of injured Jade Stighling. Dan Kriel is also starting in place of injured Dries Swanepoel at outside centre.
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Free State Cheetahs head coach Franco Smith has made three changes to the starting XV of last week. Ryno Benjamin replaces Sergeal Petersen on the wing with Maphutha Dolo taking Benjamin's place on the bench. At scrumhalf Tian Meyer replaces Shaun Venter. While in the pack, Torsten van Jaarsveld takes over the No.2 jersey from Joseph Dweba.
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Welcome to the live coverage of the Currie Cup match between hosts Free State Cheetahs and the Blue Bulls in Bloemfontein.
Free State Cheetahs
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Blue Bulls
START LINE UP
  • 1 Retshegofaditswe Nche
  • 2 Torsten Van Jaarsveld
  • 3 Tom Botha
  • 4 Carl Wegner
  • 5 Reniel Hugo
  • 6 Paul Schoeman
  • 7 Uzair Cassiem
  • 8 Niell Jordaan
  • 9 Tian Meyer
  • 10 Fred Zellinga
  • 11 Raymond Rhule
  • 12 William Small-Smith
  • 13 Francois Venter
  • 14 Ryno Benjamin
  • 15 Clayton Blommetjies
RESERVES
  • 16 Jacques du Toit
  • 17 Charles Marais
  • 18 Justin Basson
  • 19 Henco Venter
  • 20 Shaun Venter
  • 21 Niel Marais
  • 22 Maphutha Dolo
START LINE UP
  • 1 Pierre Schoeman
  • 2 Jaco Visagie
  • 3 Entienne Swanepoel
  • 4 Jason Jenkins
  • 5 Marvin Orie
  • 6 Ruan Steenkamp
  • 7 Jannes Kirsten
  • 8 Arno Botha
  • 9 Piet van Zyl
  • 10 Tian Schoeman
  • 11 Jamba Ulengo
  • 12 Burger Odendaal
  • 13 Dan Kriel
  • 14 Bjorn Basson
  • 15 Urich Beyers
RESERVES
  • 16 Edgar Marutlulle
  • 17 Martin Dreyer
  • 18 Rudolph Snyman
  • 19 Hanro Liebenberg
  • 20 Andre Warner
  • 21 Joshua Stander
  • 22 Duncan Matthews
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PREVIEW: Currie Cup, Round Two

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 14:27

CURRIE CUP PREMIER DIVISION: The Currie Cup will be in full swing this weekend with the Golden Lions, Eastern Province Kings and Griquas kicking off their Premier Division campaigns.

The EP Kings will kick off their season with a clash against Boland at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Friday, which will be followed by the clash between Griquas and the Sharks at Kings Park in Durban. 

In Saturday's matches, the defending-champion the Golden Lions will meet the Pumas at Ellis Park in Johannesburg and the Free State Cheetahs will host the Blue Bulls at the Stadium in Bloemfontein. 

We take a look at all the Round Two action!

EP Kings v Boland

Both the EP Kings and Boland will be looking to build confidence early in the season. 

The Cavaliers went down 16-44 against the Free State Cheetahs in the opening round, but they will be buoyed by a 37-18 win over Eastern Province in Wellington in their Qualifier in April. 
 
Experienced prop Schalk Ferreira will captain the Kings, while they will also rely heavily on the experience of centre Waylon Murray and wing Sampie Mastriet, who are on loan from the Sharks and Golden Lions respectively.

"Boland have some strong ball carriers and a big forward pack and we are expecting them to take us on up front, so it is important for us to focus on slowing their momentum," said EP Kings head coach Barend Pieterse

Pieterse said the players were still getting to know each other and the situation was not ideal but said everyone was putting in the time to get to know the various plays.

"We are where we are at the moment and there is no turning back," he said

Kings captain Ferreira said he was looking forward to fulfilling the leadership role for the season.

"We are a new squad, but this is a blank canvas and it is an opportunity for the players to make their name known, playing in the biggest national rugby competition in South Africa," he said.

Prediction: With all the chaos going on behind the scenes at EP Kings, we don't expect them to start on a winning note. Expect Boland to win by at least 15 points.

Teams:

Eastern Province Kings: 15 Siviwe Soyizwapi, 14 Alcino Isaacs, 13 Johan Tromp, 12 Waylon Murray, 11 Sampie Mastriet, 10 Kobus Marais, 9 Ricky Schroeder, 8 Christiaan de Bruin, 7 Sebastian Ferreira, 6 Vince Jhobo, 5 Cornell Hess, 4 Tazz Fuzani, 3 Vukile Sofisa, 2 Mike Willemse, 1 Schalk Ferreira (captain).
Replacements: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Justin Forwood, 18 David Antonites, 19 Brandon Brown, 20 Jacques Fick, 21 Burton Klaasen, 22 Lungelo Goza.

Boland Cavaliers: 15 Nico Scheepers, 14 Sergio Torrens, 13 Ryan Nell (captain), 12 Christopher Bosch, 11 Danwel Demas, 10 Adriaan Carelse, 9 Marnus Hugo, 8 Zandré Jordaan, 7 Jacques Engelbrecht, 6 Kenan Cronje, 5 Hanno Kitshoff, 4 Shaun McDondald, 3 Basil Short, 2 Chadley Wenn, 1 Stephanus Wessels.
Replacements: 16 Francois Esterhuizen, 17 Francois Hanekom, 18 Joubert Horn, 19 Chaney Willemse, 20 Jovelian de Koker, 21 William van Wyk, 22 Craig Pheiffer.

Date: Friday, August 12
Venue: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Kick-off: 17.00 (15.00 GMT)
Referee: Rodney Boneparte
Assistant referees: Jaco Pretorius, JP Clements
TMO: Christie du Preez

Sharks v Griquas

In Durban, Griquas will look to build on the form that guided them to 11 wins in 14 matches in the Currie Cup Qualifiers. 

The men from Kimberley defeated the Sharks in their last two matches played in Durban, but they will brace themselves for a tough challenge on Friday as the home team features a handful of Super Rugby players. 

Sharks prop Dale Chadwick will earn his 50th provincial cap in the match.

"It was a good start against the Pumas, but there are still quite a few things to work on. I was happy with the intention and effort shown by the players," said Sharks head coach Robert du Preez.

"Griquas are a very tough side, very physical and we’re going to have to bring our A-game to beat them. 

"We've got to set the standard; we started well but we have to improve and we’re here at home."

Prediction: Griquas will provide the Sharks with a sterner test than the Pumas, but the home side will still have too much firepower. The Sharks will win by 10 points.

Teams:

Sharks: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Neil Maritz, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Sibusiso Sithole, 10 Inny-Christian Radebe, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Lubabalo Mtembu, 7 Philip van der Walt, 6 Keegan Daniel (captain), 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Dale Chadwick.
Replacements: 16 Mahlatse Ralepelle, 17 John-Hubert Meyer, 18 Ruan Botha, 19 Jean Deysel, 20 Michael Claassens, 21 Heimar Williams/Odwa Ndungane, 22 Rhyno Smith.

Griquas: 15 Adriaan Coertzen, 14 Ederies Arendse, 13 Jacobus Jonker, 12 Johnathan Francke, 11 Alshaun Bock, 10 Clinton Swart, 9 Rudi van Rooyen, 8 Jason Fraser, 7 RJ Liebenberg (captain), 6 Wendal Wehr, 5 Jonathan Barry Janse van Rensburg, 4 Mzwanele Zito, 3 Stephan Clyde Kotzé, 2 Marius Fourie, 1 Willem Andries Stephanus Roberts.
Replacements: 16 Abraham Jacobus le Roux, 17 Devon Martinus, 18 Liam Hendricks, 19 Sias Koen, 20 Stephan Vermeulen, 21 Renier Botha, 22 Elgar Watts.

Date: Friday, August 12
Venue: Kings Park, Durban
Kick-off: 19.10 (17.10 GMT)
Referee: Jaco van Heerden
Assistant referees: Stephan Geldenhuys, Ricus van der Hoven
TMO: Marius Jonker

Golden Lions v Pumas

The Golden Lions will bring some Super Rugby momentum into their opening match with a number of players who featured in the Final against the Hurricanes last weekend facing the Pumas this weekend. 

The visitors, however, will be charged up to challenge them after going down against the Sharks last week. 

History favours the men from Johannesburg, who have only suffered two defeats against the Nelspruit side in Johannesburg since 1996, the last of which was in 2010.

Lions head coach will be hoping that the players who were on the bench in Wellington will make the step up for the team against the Pumas

"Unfortunately, I could not rest the whole 23 - that would have been ideal, but we need the eight guys off the bench [ who played against the Hurricanes] to take that energy that they were holding back and put it into this Currie Cup," said Ackermann.

Prediction: Even though the Golden Lions are without a number of players, they are still a powerful team and should beat the Pumas by at least 20 points.

Teams:

Golden Lions: 15 Sylvian Mahuza, 14 Koch Marx, 13 Nicolaas Hanekom, 12 Howard Mnisi , 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9 Ross Cronjé (captain), 8 Ruan Ackermann, 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Steph de Wit, 5 Lourens Erasmus, 4 Martin Muller, 3 Jacques van Rooyen, 2 Armand van der Merwe, 1 Corné Fourie.
Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Justin Ackerman, 18 Luvuyiso Lusaseni, 19 Victor Sekekete, 20 Dillon Smit, 21 Marnitz Boshoff, 22 Jacques Nel.

Pumas: 15 Justin van Staden, 14 Jean-Paul Lewis, 13 Hennie Skorbinski, 12 Marlou van Niekerk, 11 Marcello Sampson, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Reynier van Rooyen, 8 Renaldo Bothma, 7 Nardus van der Walt, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Hugo Kloppers (captain), 4 Wiehan Hay, 3 Louis Albertse, 2 Francois du Toit, 1 Kwezi Mona.
Replacements: 16 Herne Frank, 17 De-Jay Terblanche, 18 Jannie Stander, 19 Carel Greef, 20 Emile Temperman, 21 Deon Helberg, 22 Devon Williams.

Date: Saturday, August 13
Venue: Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Kick-off: 15.00 (13.00 GMT)
Referee: Stuart Berry
Assistant referees: Sindile Ngcese, Vusi Msibi
TMO: Johan Greeff

Free State Cheetahs v Blue Bulls

The Blue Bulls will be hunting their fifth successive victory against the Free State Cheetahs when the teams line up in Bloemfontein. 

The Pretoria side won the last three Premier Division matches against their Bloemfontein counterparts and pipped them 20-17 in the Currie Cup Qualifiers earlier this year. 

Before last year's defeat at home, however, the Free State Cheetahs won four and drew one of their last five matches against the Blue Bulls in Bloemfontein.

Blue Bulls head coach Nollis Marais said the good performance delivered by his team last weekend against Western Province will mean nothing if the momentum cannot be maintained.

"We did well, especially in the first half against Western Province, but we cannot rest on our laurels. The Free State Cheetahs is packed with quality players all around their team and they will ask serious questions of our temperament and commitment, especially as it is their first home match in the Currie Cup. We need to be switched on for this one," said Marais.

Blue Bulls captain, Arno Botha, said they need to maintain an 80-minute effort.

"We stopped playing in that second half against WP and it almost destroyed the good work we did in the first half. We will have to play at our best if we want to leave Bloemfontein with points. The Cheetahs can punish you from anywhere on the field, so we need to really work hard on defence and use our chances on attack," Botha added.

Prediction: This will be a close one, but the Free State Cheetahs are the home team, so they should edge it by five points or less. 

Teams: 

Free State Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Ryno Benjamin, 13 Francois Venter, 12 William Small-Smith, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Niell Jordaan, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Retshegofaditswe Nche.
Replacements: 16 Jacques Du Toit, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Justin Basson, 19 Henco Venter, 20 Shaun Venter, 21 Niel Marais, 22 Maphutha Dolo.

Blue Bulls: 15 Ulrich Beyers, 14 Bjorn Basson, 13 Dan Kriel, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Arno Botha (captain), 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Ruan Steenkamp, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Entienne Swanepoel, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Pierre Schoeman.
Replacements: 16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Martin Dreyer, 18 Rudolph Snyman, 19 Hanro Liebenberg, 20 Andre Warner, 21 Joshua Stander, 22 Duncan Matthews.

Date: Saturday, August 13
Venue: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Kick-off: 17.10 (15.10 GMT)
Referee: Lesego Legoete
Assistant referees: Archie Sehlako, Jaco Kotze
TMO: JJ Wagner

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Energetic Cheetahs dismiss blunder Bulls

Sat, 13 Aug 2016 17:00

REPORT: The Free State Cheetahs outclassed the Blue Bulls - beating them 43-20 in their Currie Cup Round Two match in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

The, six tries to one, victory means the Cheetahs have not just got their second consecutive bonus-point win at the start of the season but have also reclaimed first place in the tournament standings.

The Bulls were ponderous and predictable, while the Cheetahs were full of energy and inventiveness.

In fact, the biggest problem for the Bulls was that they were far too individualistic and robotic. It also did not help the Bulls that players in key positions - like scrumhalf and flyhalf - were having nightmares of epic proportions.

At times the Cheetahs' eagerness got the better of them and they conceded a number of penalties, but at least there was a lot more endeavour than a Bulls team.

Free State got off to a great start when captain and centre Francois Venter crossed in the second minute.

Tiaan Schoeman got the Bulls on the board with a fourth-minute penalty, but the Cheetahs' continued their high-octane game.

Cheetahs fullback Clayton Blommetjies was next to score, in the eighth minute, courtesy of the Bulls' porous defence.

The Bulls again narrowed the gap, when flank Jannes Kirsten burst over the try-line for the visitors.  

Prop Retshegofaditswe Nche then showed a great turn of pace to score the home team's third try - running all of 50 metres.

Free State flyhalf Fred Zeilinga brought the curtain down on the first half, when he slotted a long-range penalty to hand his team a healthy 24-10 lead at the break.

The Cheetahs were guilty of ill-discipline in the early exchanges of the second half, which saw Schoeman slot a penalty.

However, the Cheetahs hit back with another well-worked try - this time by flank Uzair Cassiem. The Cheetahs secured the ball from the line-out on the halfway mark. The Blue Bulls' defence continued to leak metres and Cassiem powered over for a try in the corner.

Free State continued their try-scoring rampage - with centres Francois Venter and William Small-Smith, both former Bulls, having combined well, with Small-Smith adding another try to his team's tally.

There was some hope of a comeback flank Ruan Steenkamp went over with 10 minutes remaining - 36-20.

However, the Cheetahs were unstoppable and wing Ryno Benjamin ran a great support line to score the final try of the match.

Man of the match: Clayton Blommetjies looked to inject pace from the back, while two former Bulls centres - Francois Venter and William Small-Smith - made life decidedly unpleasant for their opponents. Fred Zeilinga was the general that directed the play. Uzair Cassiem and Paul Schoeman were monsters on defence and at the breakdown. However, it is the Cheetahs' energetic prop Retshegofaditswe Nche that gets our award - and not just for his 50-metre sprint for a try.

The scorers:

For the Free State Cheetahs:
Tries:
Venter, Blommetjies, Nche, Cassiem, Small-Smith, Benjamin
Cons: Zeilinga 4, Marais
Pen: Zeilinga

For the Blue Bulls:
Tries:
Kirsten, Steenkamp
Cons: Schoeman, Stander
Pens: Schoeman 2

Teams:

Free State Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Ryno Benjamin, 13 Francois Venter, 12 William Small-Smith, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Niell Jordaan, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Retshegofaditswe Nche.
Replacements: 16 Jacques Du Toit, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Justin Basson, 19 Henco Venter, 20 Shaun Venter, 21 Niel Marais, 22 Maphutha Dolo.

Blue Bulls: 15 Ulrich Beyers, 14 Bjorn Basson, 13 Dan Kriel, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Arno Botha (captain), 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Ruan Steenkamp, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Entienne Swanepoel, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Pierre Schoeman.
Replacements: 16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Martin Dreyer, 18 Rudolph Snyman, 19 Hanro Liebenberg, 20 Andre Warner, 21 Joshua Stander, 22 Duncan Matthews.

Referee: Lesego Legoete
Assistant referees: Archie Sehlako, Jaco Kotze
TMO: JJ Wagner

Francois Venter (2min), Clayton Blommetjies (8min), Retshegofaditswe Nche (28min), Uzair Cassiem (55min), William Small-Smith (59min), and Ryno Benjamin (73min)
TRIES
Jannes Kirsten (25min) and Ruan Steenkamp (70min)
Fred Zellinga (3min), Fred Zellinga (9min), Fred Zellinga (29min), Fred Zellinga (60min), and Niel Marais (74min)
CONVERSIONS
Tian Schoeman (26min) and Joshua Stander (71min)
Fred Zellinga (40min)
PENALTIES
Tian Schoeman (4min) and Tian Schoeman (49min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
 
 
VENUE Bloemfontein
REFEREE Lesego Legoete