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Free State Cheetahs

Currie Cup | Nelspruit
13:15 (GMT) | 09-08-2017
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FULL-TIME! And that is how its ends, Cheetahs stays unbeaten with a 45-34 win over the Pumas in Nelspruit!
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Cheetahs looking to pounce and for a while, Pumas' defence kept them out. But with an extras man on the field they eventually over the line. Benjamin's basketball pass was collected by Mapimpi who seems to lost the ball forward in Kobus Marais' tackle. TMO Johan Greeff confirms the ball was knocked forward and it's no try!
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Cheetahs fail to retain possession and the Pumas have a rolling maul, however, looses possession and Cheeatsh counter attack. The Ball is moved to out wide, and Devon Williams tries to intercept but went horribly wrong. The ref halt play and Williams is given his yellow card!
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From the restart, Cloete just knocks the ball forward and Cheetahs have a scrum inside the Pumas' 22! Cheetahs' scrum make metres and they have a penalty, the visitors opt to kick to touch
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Van Staden adds the extras!!
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From the ruck, the ball is pass to Gerrit Smith who produced a great line break. The centre goes round two defenders and gives a great offload to Jerome Pretorius for the wing's try!
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With 10 minutes left on the clock, Pumas have possession inside their own 10. The ball goes through the hands and the Pumas make it out of their own half. Pumas have a penalty advantage as their break past that Cheetash 10
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Van Staden fails to add the extras!
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Pumas have a maul, the hosts have a penalty advantage but just fails to break past the solid defence and is tackled to touch. Again Pumas opt for the line-out and this time Frank Herne scores at the back of maul!
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Seconds having a stern word with the captains... the ref does not tolerate the off the ball incidents! Play continues with Pumas line-out just on Cheetahs' five
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Blommetjies adds the easy extras!
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From the line-out the Cheetahs retain the ball, Shaun Venter makes a break and gets the side in the 22, he gives a pass to Niel Jordaan who slides over for the try!
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Scrum is reset for the third time.... and finally, Cheetahs win a penalty, try scorer Mona punish for illegal scrummaging! Cheetahs opt for the line-out!
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Pumas retain the ball and Ungerer feeds the line. The ball is shifted wide before Pumas knocks it on just outside the CHeetahs' 22
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The ball is collected by Cheetahs, Specman fancies a counter attack but a huge tackle by Chris Cloete on the speedster halts him in his track. The wing lose the ball in the tackle and Pumas have a scrum just inside the Cheetahs' half
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Cheetahs have a line-out on the Pumas' five and retain possession, however, they lose the ball and Pumas have an opportunity to clear!
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Cheetahs are on the attack and win a penalty after Kloppers was offside on the halfway mark. Cheetahs opt for the line-out!
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Van Staden has his first miss of the day as he sways his kick wide!
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Pumas retain the ball from the line-out and set up an attack. Hugo Kloppers again make some metres and get the side over the advantage line, the ball is shifted wide, and they have an advantage. Again Cheetahs are penalised inside their own 5 and Ungerer takes a quick tap and go before Mona powers over for his second try!
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From the scrum, Pumas win a penalty and opt to kick to touch. The side now has a line-out on the Cheetahs 10.
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From the restart, Pumas collects the ball deep inside their own 22. The side moves forward before the ball is hoisted up in the air. Blommetjies knocks it forward in the air and Pumas have a scrum on their own 10.
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Van Staden adds the extras!!!
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The Pumas have a scrum on the 10 and retain possession. They set up and solid attack and after great work by side, they have a penalty just three metres short of the try-line. A quick tap and a pop pass to Kwezi Mona in the red-zone gets the prop over the line!
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Cheetahs retain the ball from the line-out and make some metres however the ball is lost forward inside the Pumas' 10.
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Cheetahs have a defensive scrum inside their own five...scrum is reset.. finally the ball is collected and Cheetahs opt to run from their own 22. The side makes some metres and wins a penalty after Pumas were offside. CHeetahs opt for a line-out!
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Pumas have a line-out on the Cheetahs' five. They retain the possession and works with the pick-up-and-drives, however great work by Nche at the breakdown hands Cheetahs the possession
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Pumas have the ball inside the Cheetahs half, Van Staden sees the space and give a cross-kick however his kick go over the line!
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Blommetjies gets the second-half underway!

Half Time

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Van Staden adds the extras to trail, 10-38 at the break! Half-time!
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Pumas win possession inside the Cheetahs' half. The side build some phases and Ruwellyn Isbell produced a great line-break, he rounds two defenders and scores!
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Blommetjies adds the extras!
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Cheetahs counter attack from inside their own 22. The ball is hoisted up by Henco Venter, Devon Williams and Ruwellyn Isbell runs back to defend but after the TMO studied the footage, it's ruled that Jaer grounded the ball first and it's a try!
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Pumas are desperate for some points. From the restart the Pumas have possession, they win a penalty on the Cheetahs' 22, Ungerer opts for a quick tap-and-go but the side eventually loses possession at the breakdown.
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Blommetjies fails to add the extras!
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The Cheetahs makes it look so easy, again they are on the attack the ball is shifted wide Jaer, with Mampipi on his shoulder, gets past defenders and scores!
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Blommetjies fails to adds the extras!
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With a man short, Cheetahs opt for the line-out and they have a maul. The Cheetahs work the ball to the back and Jacques du Toit powers over in the corner at the back of the mual
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For his attempted interception, Jerome Pretorius gets the yellow card!
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Cheetahs steal the ball at the breakdown and Blommwthies is eager to counter attack. However, he gets the tackle, possession exchange hands before Cheetahs slow things down again. Cheeatsh is inside the Pumas half, and an attempted Pumas' interception hands a penalty to Cheetahs.
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FS Cheetahs counter attack is on, but the side failed to break out of their own 22 and concede a penalty. Pumas opt for the line-out. They opt fpr a short line-out but fails to hold onto the ball and Blommetjies clears for the line-out on the 10.
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Pumas have a scrum inside their own 10. Scrum is reset... The scrum collapse but play continues. Pumas have possession and SMith puts it to the boot. But its neatly collected by Mapimpi inside his own five.
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Van Staden's restart kick is directly out and Cheetahs have a scrum on the halfway mark. Venter pops it to Marais and the flyhalf break passes a few defenders, eventually, the flyhalf is halted. Sadly that is his last action as he is replaced with Jaer due a shoulder niggle.
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Marais adds the extras, 21-3
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Cheetahs now on the attack, the side found themselves in the Pumas 22 and Shaun Venter shifts it wide, the loop pass finds Benjamin who only has the chalk to beat!
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Cheetahs penalise inside their own five and now have to scrum. Pumas' scrum is solid and the ball is picked up by Kwezi before Ungerer wiggled his way between the forward for the potential try. However, while the team celebrate, the scrumhalf admits he did not ground it!
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From the restart Ungerer collects the ball and makes a break. The scrumhalf wins a penalty inside the CHeetahs' 22 and Pumas opt for the line-out.
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Marais adds the extras!,
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Huge tackle coming in but Pumas still have possession on the Cheetahs 10. However, Van Staden chip kick is collected by Blommetjies and the visitors counter attack. Possession switches hands on the halfway mark before Specman makes a break, but gets halted. The ball is shifted wide to Mapimpi who strolls over for the try!
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Pumas force the error as Blommetjies struggles to clear his kick. Pumas have a line-out on the FS Cheetahs' 10 and retain the ball.
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Marais adds the extras!, 7-3
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FS Cheetahs start with a deep kick and have a line-out on the Pumas' 10. They retain the ball and shift it wide, Cheetahs have the advantage. Venter finds space in the Pumas' 22 and a pop pass to Reniel Hugo, gets the lanky lock over for the try!
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The first scrum went to the Pumas, Du Toit penalised for collapsing the maul! Pumas opt to kick to poles, and Van Staden opens the score with a successful kick!
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Pumas built phases on the FS Cheetahs' 22. After 6 phases the ball is almost intercepted but its lost forward and its a scrum!
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Pumas flyhalf Justin van Staden gets the game underway!
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The referee for this match is Egon Seconds. Assistant referees are Ricus van der Hoven and Alex Jonker, while the TMO is Johan Greeff
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The FS Cheetahs Coach, Rory Duncan made several other changes for this midweek outing. Niell Jordaan takes over the captaincy from regular skipper Francois Venter, who has joined the Springboks ahead of the Rugby Championship. William Small-Smith has been moved to outside centre in the absence of Venter, with Ryno Benjamin called up to start at inside centre. The other changes are all in the forward pack!
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The Pumas will field a brand-new pack and halfback combinations. Jerome Pretorius and flyhalf Justin van Staden are promoted from the bench while centre Neil Maritz gets a first opportunity in the matchday 23. Van Staden will once again be partnered by scrumhalf Stefan Ungerer. Meanwhile, Captain Hennie Skorbinski will once again lead the team with only fullback Devon Williams, centre Gerrit Smith and wing Ruwellyn Isbell retaining their places.
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The Pumas will have a mountain to climb against the unbeaten Free State Cheetahs. However, good news for the hosts will be the two sides recent history. In their last four encounters, the Bloemfontein side have won only one match and drew one.
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Welcome to Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit where the Pumas host the reigning champs the Free State Cheetahs in Round four of the Currie Cup.
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Free State Cheetahs
  • 1 Khwezi Mona
  • 2 Marko Janse van Rensburg
  • 3 Pieter Scholtz
  • 4 Jeremy Jordaan
  • 5 Hugo Kloppers
  • 6 Francois Kleinhans
  • 7 Thembelani Bholi
  • 8 Lambert Groenewald
  • 9 Stefan Ungerer
  • 10 Justin Van Staden
  • 11 Ruwellyn Isbell
  • 12 Hennie Skorbinski
  • 13 Gerrit Smith
  • 14 Jerome Pretorius
  • 15 Devon Williams
  • 16 Frank Herne
  • 17 De-Jay Terblanche
  • 18 Cameron Lindsay
  • 19 Chris Cloete
  • 20 Reynier Van Rooyen
  • 21 Kobus Marais
  • 22 Neil Maritz
  • 1 Retshegofaditswe Nche
  • 2 Jacques du Toit
  • 3 Aranos Coetzee
  • 4 Justin Basson
  • 5 Daniel Hugo
  • 6 Niell Jordaan
  • 7 Henco Venter
  • 8 Jasper Wiese
  • 9 Shaun Venter
  • 10 Niel Marais
  • 11 Makazole Mapimpi
  • 12 Ryno Benjamin
  • 13 William Small-Smith
  • 14 Rosko Specman
  • 15 Clayton Blommetjies
  • 16 Erich de Jager
  • 17 Joseph Dweba
  • 18 Reynier Bernardo
  • 19 Junior Pokomela
  • 20 Zee Mkhabela
  • 21 Jacobus Jonker
  • 22 Malcolm Jaer
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PREVIEW: Currie Cup, Round Four

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 10:43

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Round Four of the 2017 Currie Cup sees three intriguing matches being played on Wednesday.

Griquas take on Western Province in Kimberley in the day's first match before the action heads to Nelspruit where the Pumas host the Free State Cheetahs.

The day's final match sees the Blue Bulls host the Sharks in Pretoria.

The Golden Lions have a bye.

We take a look at all the Round Four action:

Wednesday, August 9:

Griquas v Western Province
(Kimberley Stadium, Kimberley - Kick-off: 13.00; 11.00 GMT)

In Kimberley, Griquas will be hunting their first victory of the season, while Western Province will look to build on their first win last weekend. 

History favours the Capetonians, who have won all seven matches between the sides dating back to the 2012 season. The hosts, however, have surprised many teams at home in the past, which could boost their confidence.
The match will be particularly significant for Western Province hooker Siyabonga Ntubeni, who will earn his 50th cap off the bench. Both team's coaches made several changes to their sides to manage their players' load after playing on Saturday, with new front rows among the changes.

"I think we need to ensure that we get some victories at home," Griquas head coach Peter Engledow told rugby365,

"To be honest in the four years that I have now been at Griquas, it is the one team that we have not managed to beat, so their coaching staff and players have done very well against us. 

"Western Province are always difficult. We had opportunities here in the past, but we haven't taken those and I hope we can do something special tomorrow on Women's day.

"This is Currie Cup now and we've learnt very quickly that it's a different competition and more importantly we have to stand up physically, that's the most important challenge and back ourselves to play against the bigger unions."

Western Province head coach John Dobson says Griquas are always fired up when they play his team.

"The thing with Griquas for some reason they keep a little pool of motivation for when they play Western Province," said Dobson.

"A lot of their guys come from here [Cape Town], who probably haven't got into our system and would like to be playing here, so I think desperation is a very powerful motivational tool.

"Every team that goes to Kimberley knows how tough it is, but I think we got some reasonable experience of winning there over the last few years. I don't think WP, at either Vodacom Cup or Currie Cup level, has stumbled there for a little while."

Recent results:
2016: Western Province won 52-31, Kimberley
2015: Western Province won 33-15, Cape Town
2015: Western Province won 43-19, Kimberley
2014: Western Province won 36-12, Cape Town

Prediction: Griquas are always a force at home, but Western Province is a much stronger side on paper. Province will win by 10 points or less.


Griquas: 15 Adriaan Coertzen (captain), 14 Ederies Arendse, 13 Tertius Kruger, 12 Jonathan Francke, 11 Enver Brandt, 10 Andre Swarts, 9 Renier Botha, 8 Jonathan Janse van Rensburg, 7 Sias Koen, 6 Wendal Wehr, 5 Pieter Janse van Vuren, 4 Mzwanele Zito, 3 Nicolaas Oosthuizen, 2 Marius Fourie, 1 Liam Hendricks. 
Replacements: 16 Wilmar Arnoldi, 17 Stephan Kotzé, 18 Jonathan Adendorf, 19 DeWet Kruger, 20 Tiaan Dorfling, 21 George Whitehead, 22 Eric Zana.

Western Province: 15 Sarel Marais, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Michal Hazner, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Kobus van Dyk, 6 Steph de Wit, 5 John Schickerling, 4 Chris van Zyl (captain), 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Ramone Samuels, 1 Jacobus Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 17 Michael Kumbirai, 18 Jurie van Vuuren, 19 Jaco Coetzee, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Huw Jones, 22 Damian Willemse.

Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge  
Assistant referees: Mpho Matsaung, Nico Schmahl
TMO: JJ Wagner

Pumas v Free State Cheetahs
(Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit - Kick-off: 15.15; 13.15 GMT)

The Pumas will brace themselves for a tough battle against the unbeaten Free State Cheetahs in Nelspruit, but their impressive track record against the defending champions and the fact that the visitors come off a bye will inspire them. 

In their last four encounters, the Bloemfontein side have won only one match and drew one.
The Pumas and Free State Cheetahs have made a number of changes to their starting line-ups, with the hosts fielding a new front row and halfback pairing among the changes

Jasper Wiese will debut for the Free Staters at No.8, and Niell Jordaan will lead the team in the absence of Francois Venter who is in the Springbok squad. 

The Cheetahs are returning to action from a bye in Round Three.

Recent results:
2016: Free State Cheetahs won 52-10, Nelspruit
2015: 37-all draw, Nelspruit
2014: Pumas won 31-17, Bloemfontein
2014: Pumas won 28-21, Nelspruit

Prediction: The Cheetahs are deadly out wide and they will look to run the Pumas ragged in Nelspruit. The Cheetahs will win by 12 points or more.


Pumas: 15 Devon Williams, 14 Jerome Pretorius, 13 Gerrit Smith, 12 Hennie Skorbinski, 11 Ruwellyn Isbell, 10 Justin van Staden, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Lambert Groenewald, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 Francois Kleinhans, 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 Cameron Lindsay, 19 Chris Cloete, 20 Reynier van Rooyen, 21 Kobus Marais, 22 Neil Maritz.

Free State Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Rosco Specman, 13 William Small-Smith, 12 Ryno Benjamin, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Niel Marais, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Henco Venter, 6 Niell Jordaan (captain), 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Justin Basson, 3 Aranos Coetzee, 2 Jacques du Toit, 1 Retshegofaditswe Nche.
Replacements: 16 Erich de Jager, 17 Joseph Dweba, 18 Rynier Bernardo, 19 Junior Pokomela, 20 Mthokozisi Mkhabela, 21 Jacobus Jonker, 22 Malcolm Jaer.

Referee: Egon Seconds
Assistant referees: Ricus van der Hoven, Alex Jonker
TMO: Johan Greeff

Blue Bulls v Sharks
(Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria - Kick-off: 17.30; 15.30)

The match-up between the Blue Bulls and Sharks in Pretoria will be exciting as the both sides will enter the match high on confidence. 

The hosts come off two 50-point hauls and remain unbeaten, while the Sharks bounced back strongly from their Round-One defeat with back-to-back victories. 

Interestingly, the KwaZulu-Natalians have won four of the last five matches between the sides since 2013.
Junior Springbok utility back Manie Libbok will make his Blue Bulls debut, while former Springbok wing Jamba Ulengo returns from injury in the notable changes to coach Nollis Marais' team.
Sharks coach Robert du Preez has named Franco Marais, Lubabalo Mtembu and Inny-Christian Radebe as replacements for Mahlatse Ralepelle, Daniel du Preez, and Curwin Bosch, who are in the Springbok squad.

"We have a short turn-around time, having played on Saturday, but we knew about this from a while back. So, we planned our training accordingly," said Blue Bulls coach Marais.

"The two wins in two starts was good, but in this tough competition, results from one week will not guarantee anything in the next match, it is just too competitive. Facing the Sharks will be a massive challenge for us and we need to respond accordingly."

Captain Boom Prinsloo agrees. 

"We have seen how clinical the Sharks can be," said Prinsloo. "They have played some great rugby already and comes here with a good deal of momentum. We need to break that rhythm and make sure we dictate the pace, intensity and field position. We are still a work in progress, but it can be done."

Sharks captain Keegan Daniel has noticed a few changes to the Blue Bulls game.

"I think they're [Bulls] trying to change the way they play a bit, they’re trying to be a bit more dynamic and I think playing a different brand of rugby will be down to John Mitchell's influence," said Daniel in an interview on the Sharks website.

"Our test will be on defence because we haven't really been tested for long periods of time during a game. There have been moments but there hasn’t been continuous pressure."

Recent results:
2016: Sharks won 26-19, Durban
2015: Blue Bulls won 17-13, Durban
2014: Sharks won 26-15, Pretoria
2013: Sharks won 18-16, Pretoria

Prediction: It is the match of the round and it should be an exciting encounter. We think the Sharks will sneak it by seven points. 


Blue Bulls: 15 Manie Libbok, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Franco Naude, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Tony Jantjies, 9 Andre Warner, 8 Nic de Jager, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Johannes Prinsloo (captain), 5 Ruben van Heerden, 4 Irne Herbst, 3 John-Roy Jenkinson, 2 Jan-Henning Campher, 1 Pierre Schoeman.
Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Matthys Basson, 18 Abongile Nonkontwana, 19 Shaun Adendorf, 20 Ivan van Zyl, 21 Dries Swanepoel, 22 JT Jackson

Sharks: 15 Garth April, 14 Jacobus van Wyk, 13 Jeremy Ward, 12 Lukhanyo Am, 11 Sibusiso Nkosi, 10 Inny-Christian Radebe, 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Lubabalo Mtembu, 7 Jacques Vermeulen, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Ruan Botha (Captain), 4 Tyler Paul, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Thomas du Toit.                 
Replacements - from: Armand van der Merwe, Benhard Janse van Rensburg, Cameron Wright, Jean Droste, John-Hubert Meyer, Juan Schoeman, Louis Schreuder, Marius Louw, Mzamo Majola, Odwa Ndungane, Wian Vosloo.

Referee: Quinton Immelman
Assistant referees: Stephan Geldenhuys, Morné Ferreira
TMO: Lesego Legoete

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Cheetahs beat Pumas in 12-try thriller

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 11:28

CURRIE CUP MATCH REPORT: The Free State Cheetahs outplayed the Pumas to win 45-34 in an entertaining match in Nelspruit on Wednesday.

The result cemented the Pro14-bound and defending Currie Cup champion Cheetahs' position at the top of the standings with a full-house 15 points from three outings,.

The Cheetahs outscored the Pumas by seven tries to five, but had to hold on in the second half - as the home team came back from a 10-38 deficit to outscore the visitors 24-7 after the break.

Justin van Staden kicked an early penalty for the Nelspruit-based side, but the Cheetahs raced out to a 38-3 lead as they dominated the first half.

A late first-half try saw the Pumas gain some confidence and after the break they played like men possessed.

Converted tries from lock Reniel Hugo, wing Makazole Mapimpi and centre Ryno Benjamin saw the Cheetahs race into 21-3 lead in the first quarter.

Mapimpi's try was the stand-out moment among many highlights. The ball went through several pairs of hands in the build-up, before the flyer found himself in space just outside the Pumas' 22-metre area and outpaced the cover defence.

The Pumas were dealt a setback in the 29th minute, when Jerome Pretorius was yellow-carded for a deliberate knock on deep inside his half.

The Cheetahs made full use of their numerical advantage and hooker Jacques du Toit barged over off the back of a line-out drive inside the Pumas' 22-metre area.

Jaer then crossed for two tries in quick succession, which meant the visitors led 38-3 by the 38th minute. Ruwellyn Isbell's failure to ground the ball behind his tryline resulted in Jaer's second.

The Pumas struck back just before the break when Isbell made amend to beat a couple of defenders before scoring next to the posts.

The Pumas came out firing in the second half and were rewarded with two tries to prop Kwezi Mona.

Niell Jordaan scored the Cheetahs' seventh try, before the Pumas responded with another two through Frank Herne and Jerome Pretorius.

The hosts lost Devon Williams to the sin bin late in the game for a deliberate knock-on.

Mapimpi should have scored in the last play to get Free State to 50, but grounded the ball on his foot over the tryline and lost control of it.

Man of the match: In such an entertaining game there would be many candidates. For the Pumas there is Jerome Pretorius, Hennie Skorbinski, Justin van Staden, Stefan Ungerer, Thembelani Bholi and Jeremy Jordaan - to mention but a few. Rosco Specman, William Small-Smith, Makazole Mapimpi, Shaun Venter, Jasper Wiese and Niell Jordaan were among the Cheetahs who put their hands up. However, our award goes to Pumas prop Kwezi Mona, a workhorse that was rewarded for his efforts with two tries.

The scorers:

For the Pumas:
Isbell, Mona 2, Herne, Pretorius
Cons: Van Staden 3
Pen: Van Staden

For the Free State Cheetahs:
Hugo, Mapimpi, Benjamin, Du Toit, Jaer 2, Jordaan
Cons: Marais 4, Blommetjies

Yellow cards: Jerome Pretorius (Pumas, 29 - cynical foul, deliberate knock-down), Devon Williams (Pumas, 78 - cynical foul, deliberate knock-on)


Pumas: 15 Devon Williams, 14 Jerome Pretorius, 13 Gerrit Smith, 12 Hennie Skorbinski, 11 Ruwellyn Isbell, 10 Justin van Staden, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Lambert Groenewald, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 Francois Kleinhans, 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 Cameron Lindsay, 19 Chris Cloete, 20 Reynier van Rooyen, 21 Kobus Marais, 22 Neil Maritz.

Free State Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Rosco Specman, 13 William Small-Smith, 12 Ryno Benjamin, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Niel Marais, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Henco Venter, 6 Niell Jordaan (captain), 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Justin Basson, 3 Aranos Coetzee, 2 Jacques du Toit, 1 Retshegofaditswe Nche.
Replacements: 16 Erich de Jager, 17 Joseph Dweba, 18 Rynier Bernardo, 19 Junior Pokomela, 20 Mthokozisi Mkhabela, 21 Jacobus Jonker, 22 Malcolm Jaer.

Referee: Egon Seconds
Assistant referees: Ricus van der Hoven, Alex Jonker
TMO: Johan Greeff


Ruwellyn Isbell (39min), Khwezi Mona (48min), Khwezi Mona (53min), Frank Herne (69min), and Jerome Pretorius (73min)
Daniel Hugo (5min), Makazole Mapimpi (9min), Ryno Benjamin (17min), Jacques du Toit (30min), Malcolm Jaer (33min), Malcolm Jaer (37min), and Niell Jordaan (66min)
Justin Van Staden (40min), Justin Van Staden (49min), and Justin Van Staden (74min)
Niel Marais (6min), Niel Marais (10min), Niel Marais (19min), Clayton Blommetjies (38min), and Clayton Blommetjies (67min)
Justin Van Staden (2min)
Jerome Pretorius (28min) and Devon Williams (77min)
VENUE Nelspruit
REFEREE Egon Seconds