Griquas hand Cheetahs another setback
PRE-SEASON MATCH REPORT: The Cheetahs suffered their second pre-season loss when an inspired Griquas beat them 23-19 in Kimberley.
The loss followed the upset 35-43 defeat the Cheet6ahs suffered at the hands of a rag-tag Invitational XV in Bloemfontein last month.
They followed that up with a 74-7 win against the EP Elephants, before a planned trip to Potchefstroom for a training camp was called off, after COVID-19 outbreaks in the Leopards camp.
They then set up a match against Griquas, whom they will meet in Round Two of the Currie Cup – which gets underway next week, June 18, when the Cheetahs have a bye.
Griquas made the better of their chances in the pre-season outing in Kimberley, while the Cheetahs in their turn did not execute their line-out, and in doing some blew chances for more points on numerous occasions.
This was an area of the game where the Cheetahs coach, Hawies Fourie, wanted to see an improvement – following their win against the Elephants.
Griquas will host the Sharks next week Saturday, June 19, in their opening match of the Currie Cup.
The Cheetahs are keen to arrange a warm-up game for next week’s bye.
Tries: Kasende, Van der Merwe, Oranje
Pens: De Beer, Whitehead
For the Cheetahs
Tries: Pretorius, Arnoldi, Van Wyk
Cons: Pienaar 2
Griquas: 15 Masixole Banda, 14 Daniel Kasende, 13 Ederies Arendse, 12 Andre Swarts, 11 Eduan Keyter, 10 Tinus de Beer, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Ruan Steenkamp, 7 Stefan Willemse, 6 Gideon van der Merwe, 5 Cameron Lindsay, 4 Adre Smith, 3 Andries Schutte, 2 Alandre van Rooyen, 1 Andrew Beerwinkel.
Replacements – from: 16 Janco Uys, 17 Tijde Visser, 18 Ewald van der Westhuizen, 19 Andrew Kuhn, 20 Mzwanele Zito, 21 Carl Els, 22 Hanru Sirgel, 23 Siba Qoma, 24 Raegan Oranje, 25 George Whitehead, 26 Enver Brandt, 27 Johnathan Francke, 28 Christopher Hollis, 29 Ashlon Davids.
Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Duncan Saal, 13 Evardi Boshoff, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Cohen Jasper, 10 Reinhardt Fortuin, 9 Ruan Pienaar (captain), 8 Jeandré Rudolph, 7 Aidon Davis, 6 Andisa Ntsila, 5 Derik Pretorius, 4 Jacques Potgieter, 3 Aranos Coetzee, 2 Marnus van der Merwe, 1 Cameron Dawson.
Replacements – from: 16 Wilmar Arnoldi, 17 Alulutho Tsakweni, 18 Hencus van Wyk, 19 Brandon Fortuin, 20 Chris Massyn, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Brandon Thomson, 23 David Brits, 24 Branden de Kock, 25 Siya Masuku, 26 Luhan Potgieter, 27 Gideon Van Wyk.
Referee: Paul Mente