Cheetahs Rhule in Kimberley
Sat, 05 Oct 2013 14:07
The bonus-point win sees the Cheetahs move to third spot
Raymond Rhule scored four tries as the Cheetahs cruised to a comfortable 52-21 victory over local rivals Griquas in Kimberley.
The bonus-point win sees the Cheetahs move to third spot on the standings, whilst the result also means that Griquas will end the season in last place and play in a promotion/relegation play-off.
The home side only trailed by seven points at half-time, but the Cheetahs cut loose in the second half, with their backline running riot in intense heat.
The Cheetahs made the early running and managed to put Griquas under pressure in their own 22 where a missed line-out saw Cheetahs prop Schalk van der Merwe go over for the opening try.
The visitors were enjoying the ascendency at scrum-time, and they took the game to Griquas with flyhalf Elgar Watts slotting three penalties to give them a healthy 14-0 advantage.
Griquas hit back with a try of their own just before the half-time break after some neat passing saw them break down the right with lock Dalton Davis on hand to run in the try which cut the Cheetahs' lead to 14-7 at half-time.
After absorbing an initial onslaught from Griquas at the start of the second half, the visitors camped themselves in the 22 where they refused a kick at goal as they looked for another try.
The Griquas defence held out well and the Cheetahs were eventually forced to take the points with Watts adding another penalty.
However, they did not have to wait long to cross the whitewash as a flying Raymond Rhule took a great offload from Johan Sadie to go over for a try which Watts converted.
Griquas were starting to fall off the pace and the Cheetahs duly took advantage by scoring two quick tries to wrap up the bonus point and put the result beyond doubt.
Some good interplay in the backline between Watts and Hennie Daniller saw scrumhalf Piet Van Zyl go over before they capitalised on another sloppy Griquas line-out to send Rhule over for his second which made it 38-7.
The floodgates were well and truly open by that stage, and although Griquas grabbed two late tries of their own through locks Rory Arnold and Jaco Nepgen, there was still enough time for Rhule to cross the whitewash twice more to bring up the half-century for the Cheetahs.
Man of the match: There is only one real candidate, with Cheetahs flyer Raymond Rhule crossing the whitewash four times in a clinical finishing display.
Tries: Davis, Arnold, Nepgen
Con: Prinsloo 3
For Free State Cheetahs:
Tries: Van der Merwe, Rhule 4, Van Zyl
Cons: Watts 2, Du Plessis 3
Pens: Watts 4
Griquas: 15 Gouws Prinsloo, 14 Richard Lawson, 13 JP Nel, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Rocco Jansen, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Marnus Hugo, 8 Leon Karemaker, 7 RJ Liebenberg, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Jaco Nepgen, 4 Dalton Davis, 3 Nico Pretorius, 2 Ryno Barnes (captain), 1 Steph Roberts
Replacements: 16 Matthew Dobson, 17 Brummer Badenhorst, 18 Rory Arnold, 19 Patrick O'Brien, 20 Jacques Coetzee, 21 Du Randt Gerber, 22 Jean Stemmet.
Free State Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Piet Lindeque, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Johannes Prinsloo (captain), 7 Pieter Labuschagne, 6 Teboho Mohoje, 5 Lodewyk de Jager, 4 Francois Uys, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Hercu Liebenberg, 1 Schalk van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 AJ le Roux, 17 Rossouw de Klerk, 18 Philip van der Walt, 19 Freddy Ngoza, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Willie du Plessis, 22 Joubert Engelbrecht.
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan
Assistant referees: Louwrens van der Merwe, Francois de Bruin
TMO: Gerrie Coetzee
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