Blitzboks stars boost Cheetahs

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:48
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CURRIE CUP SPOTLIGHT: The Free State Cheetahs have accumulated the services of Blitzboks trio Rosco Specman, Chris Dry and Cecil Afrika.

With the Super Rugby axing hovering over the Cheetahs' heads, the Bloemfontein side have shifted their focus to the Currie Cup competition.

The title holders have strengthened their Currie Cup squad with three Springboks Sevens players - Dry, Specman and Afrika. 

According to the Cheetahs'  official twitter account, the trio joined the franchise training session on Monday and will be at the club until the end of the Currie Cup season.

Specman recently got a taste of the Cheetahs' competition dynamic during the recent World Club 10s in Mauritius.

While Dry and Afrika hope that they soon get an opportunity in the Orange jumper.

"Very fortunate to get an opportunity to come to a franchise like this! Opportunity wise, I hope I get a good run in," Springbok Sevens flank Dry said.

"I have a lot of work to do first before I even look at the game time, but for me, I’m just happy to be here at the moment," he added.

A flyhalf in the sevens side, Afrika hopes that he can make a massive impact at the Cheetahs.

"Cheetahs play a great brand of rugby, hopefully, I will get the opportunity in future to express my talent. I believe I can blend into the Cheetahs’ style of play," the 29-year-old Afrika said.

"[To play at the Cheetahs] it’s something different at the moment. I first have to find my feet as quick as possible, so that I can contribute in terms of what the teams stand for, and hopefully makes my teammates proud," he added.

The Free State Cheetahs open their campaign against the Sharks on July 21 in Bloemfontein.

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sat, 29 July 2017
Crusaders v Chiefs 07h35 Christchurch
Golden Lions v Griquas 10h00 Johannesburg
Lions v Hurricanes 12h30 Ellis Park
Sharks v Pumas 15h00 Durban
Sun, 30 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Western Province 12h30 Bloemfontein
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 23 July 2017
Pumas v Golden Lions 43 | 36
Sat, 22 July 2017
Griquas v Blue Bulls 45 | 51
Stormers v Chiefs 11 | 17
Lions v Sharks 23 | 21
Crusaders v Highlanders 17 | 0
Fri, 21 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Sharks 47 | 12
Brumbies v Hurricanes 16 | 35
Sat, 15 July 2017
Sharks v Lions 10 | 27
Bulls v Stormers 33 | 41
Force v Waratahs 40 | 11
Hurricanes v Crusaders 31 | 22
Chiefs v Brumbies 28 | 10
Sunwolves v Blues 43 | 21
Fri, 14 July 2017
Kings v Cheetahs 20 | 21
Rebels v Jaguares 29 | 32
CURRIE CUP
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Team P W D L Pts
Free State Cheetahs 1 1 0 0 5
Pumas 1 1 0 0 5
Blue Bulls 1 1 0 0 5
Griquas 1 0 0 1 2
Golden Lions 1 0 0 1 2
Sharks 1 0 0 1 0
Western Province 0 0 0 0 0