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Free State Cheetahs

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Western Province

Currie Cup | Bloemfontein
12:30 (GMT) | 30-07-2017
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The hooter sounds and the ball is carried forward by the Cheetahs. The ball is lost forward and the referee ends the game. FULL TIME
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Scrum to the Cheetahs at their 10
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The Cheetahs turnover and kick forward. There's a scramble for the ball and it's lost forward by the away team
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Penalty to the visitors and the ball is kicked into touch
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The Cheetahs are pushed back to their 22 and move the ball to the opposite wing to Mapimpi who bursts forward but the referee blows for offside
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The away team turnover at their 5 and then clear
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WP have it after the restart and they carry forward to the half way before it's lost and then kicked forward by the Cheetahs
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Thomson adds the extras
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Scrum to WP at the 5. They pull it out the back and they make it over the line with De Wit. TRY
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The referee calls play back for a penalty to the visitors at the 5
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They take their throw and look for a kick across the pitch to Senatla
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WP win a penalty and kick into touch at the 5 of the hosts
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WP have it now and they move over the half way line but get pushed back into their half
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Scrum reset again
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Scrum reset
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The referee sounds his whistle. Scrum to WP around their 10
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Scrum at the half way for the home team
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WP have the ball and look to carry forward but lose it in the contest
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The hosts win a scrum and clear
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WP set up camp at the 5 of the hosts
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WP take it out the back but the Cheetahs hold them at the 5
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Scrum to WP at the 5
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Line-out taken and the Marais slips as he looks to clear the ball from the try line and gives away a 5 meter scrum
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WP win a penalty and kick into touch at the 5 of the hosts
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The visitors turnover at their 22 and attempt to build from their half as opposed to clearing
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The ball booted away and the Cheetahs on the attack shortly after the throw.
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WP with the ball at their 22 and win a penalty to relieve some of the home team s pressure
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The hosts come again starting from the 10 of the away team
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Cheetahs win a penalty after the restart and kick for touch but the distance is not there. WP clear
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Marais sends his kick wide
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The Cheetahs have a turnover after the line-out and they move forward quickly handing the ball to Mapimpi who makes it over the line at the edge of the pitch. TRY
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WP win the scrum and kick into touch around the mid field
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Nche gets it and rams his way through the visitor's defence to score another try in the first 10 minutes of the second half. The referee stops the conversion for a TMO referral and disallows the try. Scrum for WP at their 5
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WP try to play out of their half at their 22 but lose it
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The Cheetahs take the reset kick down and send it back
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Marais secures the extras
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The ball is kicked forward and Blommetjies carries forward to the half way. Specman gets it after some good play by the hosts. He offloads to the captain and Venter puts it down for a TRY
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They win a penalty at their 10 and make it to the mid field. Notshe trying to carry forward for his team
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WP on the defence early in the second half. They have a line-out at their 22 and clear after it's taken
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The referee sounds his whistle and the second half is underway

Half Time

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Marais adds the extras
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Specman gets it after the throw and maul then offloads to Small-Smith who dashes a short distance to put one on before the half ends. TRY
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The Cheetahs carry it forward and they form a maul around the 22 of the visitors
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Scrum to WP and they move run it out of their 22 before clearing
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The referee blows for a penalty to the visitors after the restart
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Coleman adds the extras
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Scrum to WP outside the 5. Phillips makes it over the line after the scrum. TRY
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The hosts take their scrum and look to clear but the visitors apply the necessary pressure to win a penalty outside the 5
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The WP forwards makes it over the line after the maul but the referee disallows the try as the use it call came twice. Penalty to the Cheetahs at their 5
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WP wins a penalty inches from the try line. The referee calls Mohoje forward and sends him to the sin bin
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Line-out to the away team and they opt for a maul. They make some good ground as they press inside the 5
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WP move the ball to the 5 in a good attacking move and win a penalty. The ball is kicked into touch
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Scrum to the away team around the half way
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The Cheetahs try to run it back to the WP half from their 22 but lose it forward
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Samuels with a strong counter ruck to win the ball and gives it back for a clearance
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The ball is sent to Small-Smith as he looks to exploit the wing but is fouled. Penalty to the hosts. Blommetjies kicks into touch at the 5
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Scrum to the Cheetahs at the half way after the restart
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Marais preps for another shot at goal. He puts hist foot through the middle and sends it over for 3 points
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The Cheetahs have it around the 22 of WP now but the away team holding the line for now. They manage a penalty on the 22 for their troubles
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Scrum reset
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Scrum to the Cheetahs at the away team 10
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The ball is turned over by the away team and WP take it to the half way before the referee sounds his whistle
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The restart kick is taken and carried forward by the Cheetahs
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Marais adds 3
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The Cheetahs win a penalty after the throw and Marais looks towards goal
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Line-out to the home team but they lose it in the contest. The away team move the ball to the opposite side of the field and it's sent into touch around their 10
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The visitors moving forward inside the 10 after the throw but give away a penalty in their 5th phase
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Scrum reset again and the away team win a penalty this time around. The ball is sent into touch around the 10 of the hosts
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Scrum reset
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Scrum to WP around their 10
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The Cheetahs start their build up from around their 10 and carry forward but lose the ball in contact
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The visitors take it forward then lose it
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Scrum to the visitors around their 22
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The hosts fighting for possession around the WP 22 and the ball is lost forward
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Coleman takes a shot at goal and puts WP on the board
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The away team move forward after the clearance and win a penalty around the 10
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The Cheetahs have a line-out at their 5 after the restart. They take the throw and clear
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Niel Marais sends the conversion kick wide
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The Cheetahs take it and run it forward. Specman gets it at his 22 and makes a solo dash through the WP defence to go all the way and score a fantastic solo TRY
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WP in possession after the kickoff. They hold it around their 10 and are pushed back to their 22 before clearing
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The referee sounds his whistle and we're off
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The players readying themselves to leave the locker rooms now
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Free State Cheetahs coach Rory Duncan made four personnel changes to his team, which sees Springbok forward Teboho Mohoje join forces in the loose trio with Uzair Cassiem and Neill Jordaan, while wing Makazole Mapimpi and replacement back Malcolm Jaer will make their Currie Cup debuts for the Bloemfontein side
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The hosts have won the last two matches between the sides – one in Cape Town and the other in Bloemfontein
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Welcome to Bloemfontein, where the Cheetahs will host Western Province
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Western Province
START LINE UP
  • 1 Charles Marais
  • 2 Joseph Dweba
  • 3 Tom Botha
  • 4 Justin Basson
  • 5 Daniel Hugo
  • 6 Niell Jordaan
  • 7 Teboho Mohoje
  • 8 Uzair Cassiem
  • 9 Shaun Venter
  • 10 Niel Marais
  • 11 Makazole Mapimpi
  • 12 William Small-Smith
  • 13 Francois Venter
  • 14 Rosko Specman
  • 15 Clayton Blommetjies
RESERVES
  • 16 Retshegofaditswe Nche
  • 17 Reinach Venter
  • 18 Reynier Bernardo
  • 19 Henco Venter
  • 20 Zee Mkhabela
  • 21 Ryno Benjamin
  • 22 Malcolm Jaer
START LINE UP
  • 1 Alistair Vermaak
  • 2 Ramone Samuals
  • 3 Wilco Louw
  • 4 Chris van Zyl
  • 6 Kobus van Dyk
  • 7 Johan du Toit
  • 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe
  • 9 Justin Phillips
  • 10 Kurt Coleman
  • 11 Seabelo Senatla
  • 12 Dan Kriel
  • 13 Michael Hazner
  • 14 Bjorn Basson
  • 15 Sarel Marais
RESERVES
  • 5 JD Schickerling
  • 16 Siyabonga Ntubeni
  • 17 Caylib Oosthuizen
  • 18 Frans van Wyk
  • 19 Stephan De Wit
  • 20 Jaco Coetzee
  • 21 Godlen Masimla
  • 22 Brandon Thomson
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PREVIEW: Currie Cup, Round Two

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 06:41

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: The Currie Cup Premier Division will step into a new gear this weekend, with Western Province kicking off their campaign, while three teams will look to bounce back from first round defeats.

Western Province, who were losing semifinalists last season, will meet the defending champion Free State Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Sunday in their opening match of the season after having a bye last week.

The Golden Lions, Griquas and the Sharks will be determined to make up for disappointing starts to the season.

The Golden Lions will host Griquas at Ellis Park in the opening match of the weekend on Saturday, while the Sharks will meet the Pumas at Kings Park later in the day. 

The Blue Bulls have a bye.

We take a look at all the Round Two action!

Saturday, July 29:

Golden Lions v Griquas
(Ellis Park, Johannesburg - Kick-off: 12.00; 10.00 GMT)

Griquas will field a vastly different side to the one that went down in a high-scoring match at Loftus Versfeld last week, with seven new personnel.

Experienced flyhalf George Whitehead starts and captain Adriaan Coertzen switches from fullback to wing, while the efficient Eric Zana takes over the No.15 jumper.
 
The Golden Lions team also shows six changes from last week's run-on side, which sees scrumhalf Dillon Smit replace the injured Marco Jansen van Vuren.

Flank Robert Kruger return from injury, while centre Jacques Nel, fullback Jaco van der Walt, wing Anthony Volminck and prop Justin Ackerman were drawn into the starting team with.
 
After going down at home last week, the Northern Cape side is expected to bounce back with intent, but they will expect tough competition from a Golden Lions side also licking their wounds after their narrow seven-point defeat last week.

Recent results:
2016: Griquas won 30-24, Kimberley
2015: Golden Lions won 29-19, Johannesburg
2014: Golden Lions won 46-8, Kimberley
2013: Golden Lions won 35-28, Johannesburg
2013: Golden Lions won 38-32, Kimberley

Prediction: It will be hard out there, but the Golden Lions will win it by 10 points or less.

Teams:

Golden Lions: 15 Jaco van der Walt, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 Jacques Nel, 12 Jarryd Sage, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Shaun Reynolds, 9 Dillon Smit, 8 Ryan Kankowski (captain), 7 Robert Kruger, 6 James Venter, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Rhyno Herbst, 3 Justin Ackerman, 2 Pieter Jansen, 1 Sithembiso Sithole.
Replacements: 16 Mike Willemse, 17 Andrew Beerwinkel, 18 Bobby de Wee, 19 Hacjivah Dayimani, 20 Bradley Thain, 21 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 22 Nicolaas Hanekom.

Griquas: 15 Eric Zana, 14 Adriaan Coertzen (captain), 13 Tertius Kruger, 12 Clinton Swart, 11 Enver Brandt, 10 George Whitehead, 9 Christiaan Meyer, 8 Jonathan Janse van Rensburg, 7 Sias Koen, 6 Wendal Wehr, 5 Pieter Janse van Vuren, 4 Floris Pelser, 3 Ewald van der Westhuizen, 2 Marius Fourie, 1 Liam Hendricks.
Replacements: 16 Abraham Le Roux, 17 Devon Martinus, 18 Mzwanele Zito, 19 RJ Liebenberg, 20 Renier Botha, 21 Ederies Arendse, 22 Jonathan Francke.

Referee: Cwengile Jadezweni
Assistant referees: Jaco Pretorius, Vusi Msibi
TMO: Marius Jonker with Lesego Legoete

Sharks v Pumas
(Kings Park, Durban - Kick-off: 17.00; 15.00 GMT)

Pumas head coach Brent Janse van Rensburg was forced to make three injury-enforced changes to his team, which will see a new flank combination of Thembelani Bholi and Lambert Groenewald start, while the absence of centre Ryan Nell has resulted in a backline reshuffle and the inclusion of winger Jean-Paul Lewis.
 
The coach expected a hard-fought forward battle against the Sharks, who have loaded their team with Vodacom Super Rugby players following the conclusion of their campaign last week, with flyhalf Curwin Bosch, prop Thomas du Toit, hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle, and loose forward-twins Jean-Luc and Daniel du Preez, among others being named in their run-on side.
 
Their return is expected to inspire the KwaZulu-Natalians to register their first victory of the season and to build momentum early on in the series after losing out on a semi-final berth last year.

"The players have taken a lot of positive energy from the past game, but we can't get too comfortable," said Janse van Rensburg. "We need to press the reset button. The Sharks are a very good team - they are very abrasive, physical and direct."

Janse van Rensburg added that it will be critical to contain the Sharks at set pieces.

"We will have to contain them in the set piece. The Sharks work hard in the contact areas defensively as they try to hold you up or hit you back and stir the breakdown area. Our ball carrier body height and work rate of the cleaners will be key to securing possession. Every player will need to execute their duties on the field in order to put together another good performance," he said.

Meanwhile, Sharks hooker Franco Marais is under no illusions that his team is going to face a fired-up side keen on inflicting damage on them.

"This game is going to be tough and challenging," said Marais. "But it's nothing we aren't ready for and we're keen and eager to get going."

Recent results:
2016: Sharks won 33-10, Nelspruit
2015: Sharks won 27-26, Durban
2015: Pumas won 33-24, Nelspruit
2014: Pumas won 32-22, Nelspruit
2014: Sharks won 34-17, Durban

Prediction: The Sharks have loaded their team with Super Rugby stars for this match and they are at home. The Sharks will win by 15 points.

Teams:

Sharks: 15 Garth April, 14 Jacobus van Wyk, 13 Jeremy Ward, 12 Lukhanyo Am, 11 Sibusiso Nkosi, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Ruan Botha (captain), 4 Hyron Andrews, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Mahlatse Ralepelle, 1 Thomas du Toit.            
Replacements: 16 Franco Marais, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Tyler Paul, 19 Lubabalo Mtembu, 20 Jacques Vermeulen, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Inny Radebe.

Pumas: 15 Gerrit Smith, 14 Ruwellyn Isbell, 13 Jerome Pretorius, 12 Hennie Skorbinski (captain), 11 Jean-Paul Lewis, 10 Justin van Staden, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Carel Greeff, 7 Lambert Groenewald, 6 Thembelani Bholi, 5 Hugo Kloppers, 4 Jeremy Jordaan, 3 Pieter Scholtz, 2 Marko Janse Van Rensburg, 1 Kwezi Mona.
Replacements: 16 Frank Herne, 17 De-Jay Terblanche, 18 Jannie Stander, 19 Chris Cloete, 20 Reynier van Rooyen, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Devon Williams.

Referee: Quinton Immelman
Assistant referees: Archie, Sehlako, Aimee Barrett-Theron
TMO: Johan Greeff

Sunday, July 30:

Free State Cheetahs v Western Province
(Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein - Kick-off: 14.30; 12.30 GMT)

Defending champions, the Free State Cheetahs, will be determined to use the winning momentum they built up in the opening round when they meet Western Province on Sunday.
 
The hosts have won the last two matches between the sides – one in Cape Town and the other in Bloemfontein - and interestingly, both of these victories have been by only seven points, meaning Sunday's clash could be another nail-biting encounter.
 
Free State Cheetahs coach Rory Duncan made four personnel changes to his team, which sees Springbok forward Teboho Mohoje join forces in the loose trio with Uzair Cassiem and Neill Jordaan, while wing Makazole Mapimpi and replacement back Malcolm Jaer will make their Currie Cup debuts for the Bloemfontein side.
 
Western Province will announce their team later on Friday, but with their Super Rugby campaign over, their side is expected to feature several players who were in action in the quarterfinal last week.

"WP are always competitive," Duncan told rugby365. "We're expecting a tough game in Bloem. 

"[WP coach John] Dobson is a good coach and had impressive results in the National Provincial Challenge. Stormers/WP have always been good on the attack so we have prepped ourselves accordingly."

Mapimpi and Jaer will give the Cheetahs some added pace out wide.

"Our new recruits have settled in really well. They didn't take long to gain confidence in the Cheetahs family. I'm looking forward to seeing them wearing the Cheetah jersey for the first time this weekend," Duncan added.

Meanwhile, Dobson believes starting the competition with a bye this year was a positive for his team.

"It would have been the Provincial Challenge team in action this weekend. We saw what happened to the Lions when they went to the Pumas. So' am very grateful that we got a bye in the first round," said Dobson. 

"I think the bye just probably avoided us what could have been possibly a defeat at the start of the season."

Recent results:
2016: Cheetahs won 32-25, Cape Town
2015: Cheetahs won 28-21, Bloemfontein
2015: Western Province won 9-3, Cape Town
2014: Western Province won 34-29, Bloemfontein
2013: Western Province won 15-14, Cape Town

Prediction: The Free State Cheetahs are a formidable side, especially at home and they will edge Western Province by seven points or less. 

Teams:

Free State Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Rosco Specman, 13 Francois Venter, 12 William Small-Smith, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Niel Marais, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Uzair Cassiem, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Neill Jordaan, 5 Daniel Hugo, 4 Justin Basson, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Joseph Dweba, 1 Charles Marais.
Replacements: 16 Retshegofaditswe Nche, 17 Reinach Venter, 18 Rynier Bernardo, 19 Henco Venter, 20 Mthokozisi Mkhabela, 21 Ryno Benjamin, 22 Malcolm Jaer.

Western Province: 15 Sarel Marais, 14 Bjorn Basson, 13 Michael Hazner, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Justin Phillips, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Johan du Toit, 6 Kobus van Dyk, 5 JD Shickerling, 4 Chris van Zy (captain), 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Ramone Samuels, 1 Alistair Vermaak.
Replacements: 16 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Frans van Wyk, 19 Steph de Wit, 20 Jaco Coetzee, 21 Godlen Masimla, 22 Brandon Thomson.

Referee: AJ Jacobs 
Assistant referees: Jaco Kotze, Griffin Colby
TMO: JJ Wagner with Lourens van der Merwe

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Speckmagic sparks Cheetahs win

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 12:00

CURRIE CUP MATCH REPORT: Rosko Specman displayed his full array of magical Sevens skills as the Free State Cheetahs beat Western Province 30-17 in Bloemfontein on Sunday.

The four tries to two victory puts the defending champions right back at the top of the standings with their second-successive bonus-point victory.

The home side opened the scoring with an early try from Sevens star Rosco Speckman, with a superb solo effort from 60 metres out.

After fielding a Kurt Coleman punt, the BlitzBok star danced through four defenders before showing a clean pair of heals to reach the line.

Western Province opening their account shortly afterwards through a Kurt Coleman penalty to make it 5-3.

Two penalties from Cheetahs flyhalf Niel Marais took their lead out to 11-3 after the opening 20 minutes.

Western Province launched a period of dominance in response as they put the home team's defence under some serious pressure.

It eventually resulted in a yellow card for Cheetahs flank Teboho Mohoje for a cynical infringement at a maul and Western Province looked to have taken advantage by driving over the line. However, the try was disallowed by the referee.

Despite that setback Western Province stuck to their guns and got a deserved try which was well-taken by scrumhalf Justin Phillips, following a powerful scrum.

However, the home side would have the final say in the first half as centre William Small-Smith scored to take their lead out to 18-10 at half-time.

The Free State side struck early in the second half as captain Francois Venter scored to extend their advantage to 25-10.

The home side secured the bonus point when wing Makazole Mapimpi touched down in the corner, leaving Western Province with it all to do in the last 30 minutes.

Western Province coach John Dobson rang the changes as a number of replacements took the field in the final stages and it would be flank Steph de Wit to score on his Western Province debut with less than seven minutes left.

Despite throwing everything at their opponents, Western Province could not find a way through and will now set their sights on their clash with the Pumas at Newlands next week.

Cheetahs who were full value for their bonus point win.

Man of the match: Seabelo Senatla showed that he is growing into the 15-man code and was by some distance Western Province's most productive player. Kings import Makazole Mapimpi is also going to a massive assert to the Cheetahs and Clayton Blommetjies had one of his better games of the season. Our award goes to the Cheetahs' flying wing Rosko Specman - who showed Bloemfontein and all those who cared to turn on their television why he is such a sensation on the Sevens circuit

The scorers:

For the Free State Cheetahs:
Tries:
 Specman, Small-Smith, F Venter, Mapimpi
Cons: Marais 2
Pens: Marais 2

For Western Province:
Tries:
 Phillips, De Wit
Cons: Coleman, Thomson
Pen: Coleman

Yellow card: Teboho Mohoje (Free State Cheetahs, 32 - cynical foul, collapsing the maul)

Teams:

Free State Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Rosco Specman, 13 Francois Venter, 12 William Small-Smith, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Niel Marais, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Uzair Cassiem, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Neill Jordaan, 5 Daniel Hugo, 4 Justin Basson, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Joseph Dweba, 1 Charles Marais.
Replacements: 16 Retshegofaditswe Nche, 17 Reinach Venter, 18 Rynier Bernardo, 19 Henco Venter, 20 Mthokozisi Mkhabela, 21 Ryno Benjamin, 22 Malcolm Jaer.

Western Province: 15 Sarel Marais, 14 Bjorn Basson, 13 Michael Hazner, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Justin Phillips, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Johan du Toit, 6 Kobus van Dyk, 5 John Shickerling, 4 Chris van Zyl (captain), 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Ramone Samuels, 1 Alistair Vermaak.
Replacements: 16 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Frans van Wyk, 19 Steph de Wit, 20 Jaco Coetzee, 21 Godlen Masimla, 22 Brandon Thomson.

Referee: AJ Jacobs
Assistant referees: Jaco Kotze, Griffin Colby
TMO: JJ Wagner with Lourens van der Merwe

Rosko Specman (2min), William Small-Smith (40min), Francois Venter (44min), and Makazole Mapimpi (50min)
TRIES
Justin Phillips (35min) and Stephan De Wit (72min)
Niel Marais (40min) and Niel Marais (45min)
CONVERSIONS
Kurt Coleman (36min) and Brandon Thomson (73min)
Niel Marais (17min) and Niel Marais (24min)
PENALTIES
Kurt Coleman (6min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
Teboho Mohoje (32min)
 
 
VENUE Bloemfontein
REFEREE AJ Jacobs