Cheetahs survive late Griquas scare

Sat, 16 Aug 2014 14:55
Large cheetahs v griquas

The Cheetahs survived a late scare from the Griquas who scored two tries in the final 10 minutes but still fell short 34-27.

The Cheetahs survived a late scare from the Griquas who scored two tries in the final 10 minutes but still fell short 34-27.

The Cheetahs started quickly and progressed into Griquas half from the get go, showing their intent to play running rugby.

The visitors were a little slow out of the blocks but also showed their intent early on once they got their hands on the ball.

Griquas drew first blood in the eighth minute after several attacks led to a good try from captain Wayne Stevens.

Fullback Nico Scheepers converted with ease to give Griquas an early lead of 7-0.

The Cheetahs finally got on the score-board in the 18th minute when Elgar Watts kicked a penalty to give the hosts some reward, after their attacks failed to produce a five-pointer.

Watts made use of his kicking boot to keep the hosts down in Griquas' half, but the hosts were solid in defence.

Watts gave his side the lead for the first time in the game with a try in the 24th minute.

Cheetahs scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius further extended that lead by scoring in the corner after kicking the ball through and running nearly 60 metres.

Watts missed with the conversion, but replacement, Marais Schmidt, kicked a penalty on the hooter for Griquas to make the half-time score 15-10 in favour of the hosts.

Griquas started the second half well, but good defence from the hosts snubbed them of any early points.

The home side, in turn, used all their chances and scored in the 46th minute after winger Rayno Benjamin rounded-off a good off-load by centre Francois Venter.

Again Watts converted to stretch the lead to 12 points for the Cheetahs.

The visitors reduced the deficit shortly thereafter via a try from flanker Marnus Schoeman.

An unconverted try, it still left Griquas seven points adrift. The visitors were left one man short in the 64th minute when prop Steph Roberts was yellow-carded for coming in from the side.

The Cheetahs clinched the victory in the 67th minute when wing Raymond Rhule dotted down after following up a kick through.

Replacement flyhalf, Willie du Plessis, converted to give the hosts a comfortable lead with time running out.

A follow-up try by Rhule, his second of the afternoon, rounded off a superb performance by the hosts.

Scorers:
 
Free State Cheetahs:
Tries: Watts, Pretorius, Benjamin, Rhule 2
Cons: Watts 2, Du Plessis
Pen: Watts
 
Griquas:
Tries: Stevens, Schoeman 2, Arendse 
Con: Schmidt 2
Pen: Scheepers
 
Yellow Card: Steph Roberts (Griquas, 62 - repeated infringements at the breakdown)
 
Teams:
 
Cheetahs: 15 AJ Coertzen, 14 Rayno Benjamin, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Joubert Engelbrecht, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Johannes Prinsloo, 7 Jean Cook, 6 Tienie Burger, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Luan de Bruin, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld (captain), 1 Kevin Stevens.
Replacements: 16 AJ le Roux, 17 Rudolph Botha, 18 Niel Claassen, 19 Waltie Vermeulen, 20 Shaun Venter, 21 Willie du Plessis, 22 JP du Plessis.
 
Griquas: 15 Nico Scheepers, 14 Edries Arendse, 13 PJ Vermeulen, 12 Wayne Stevens (captain), 11 Rocco Jansen, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Carel Greeff, 7 RJ Liebenberg, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Jaco Nepgen, 4 Willem Serfontein, 3 Ewald Van Der Westhuizen, 2 Ryno Barnes, 1 Steph Roberts.
Replacements: 16 Simon Westraadt, 17 Nicolaas van Dyk, 18 Hugo Kloppers, 19 Burger Schoeman, 20 Abrie Griesel, 21 Marais Schmidt, 22 Jonathan Francke.
 
Referee: Marius Jonker
Assistant referees: Lesego Legoete, Francois de Bruin
TMO: JJ Wagner
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