Cheetahs have an ally
NEWS: The Free State Cheetahs have an ally when it comes to the development of their players.
The Bloemfontein side is currently collaborating with neighbours the Griffons to ensure their players get enough game time throughout the season.
“The Griffons use players and even coaches from the Free State Cheetahs on a loan basis to form part of their team. The agreement benefits the Free State Cheetahs’ junior players,” said a statement from the Cheetahs.
“The collaboration is also extremely positive for the Griffons as they, with a strengthening of the Free State Cheetahs, participate in the competition at a high level. The Free State Cheetahs, in turn, benefit from this as more regular playing opportunities are offered to its Under-19 and U20 players.
“This cooperation and loan agreement works well and has a positive impact on rugby in central South Africa.
“As far as the two Unions’ senior teams are concerned, there is a pleasant and strong cooperation between the players. The Griffons have so far used the following players: Schalk van der Merwe, Boan Venter, Erich Louw and Sibabalo Qoma. This has strengthened the Griffons’ side, who is currently the leading team in the Currie Cup’s First League standings in addition to the Jaguares XV, an Argentine team that also participates in the competition.
“The Free State also has the advantage that some of the players who played for the Griffons returned to the Free State’s Currie Cup team for the Premier League as injuries necessitated it, which in turn helps the Free State Cheetahs.
“It is therefore clear that the two Unions, working together in one province, both benefit greatly.”
The Griffons’ U20 team is currently at the top of the SA Rugby U20 Championship standings.