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  • Rhule (3), Van Der Merwe, van Zyl,
    Penalty goals: Watts (4),
    Conversions: Watts (2), Du Plessis (2),
  • Currie Cup
  • 5th Oct 2013
  • KO 13:00
  • Ground: ABSA Park, Kimberley

Griquas v Free State Cheetahs - Live

Last updated: 5th October 2013  

Full Time80 The full time score 21-52. Emphatic win from the Cheetahs! They showed some great skill and pace in the back line through Sadie and Rhule who proved to be extremely dangerous! At the end of the day, the home side was just not good enough and will be disappointed with their performance - too many simple mistakes. This was a much needed win for the Cheetahs who are in search of a semi-final spot.

80 The ball has been knocked on and that brings this exciting half to an end!

78 Rhule has gone over for number 5! Great hands again from Sadie sets him up. They go upstairs and the pass from Sadie has been called forward. Kaplan has called a penalty to the Cheetahs for a high tackle from the home side. The Cheetahs opt for a scrum in an attempt to finish strongly!

Conversion77 CONVERSION, DU PLESSIS, 21-52.

TRY76 TRY, CHEETAHS, RHULE, 21-50. This hard to keep up with here! Another great play from the Cheetahs back line frees up Rhule with a bit of space. There is no substitute for pace as he cruises along the wing to go over for number four!

Conversion76 CONVERSION, PRINSLOO, 21-45. Prinsloo slots the conversion.

TRY75 TRY, GRIQUAS, NEPGEN, 19-45. Great try from the Griquas! Jean Stemmet makes a good chip and collect and is brought just short of the line. The ball goes to Nepgen at pace and no one can stop him close to the line!

TRY74 TRY, CHEETAHS, RHULE, 14-43. Piet van Zyl makes a good break after a quick line out from Daniller. Trevor Nyankane makes a good run closer to the line including a great side step! Eventually Rhule crashes over for his hatrick!

Conversion71 CONVERSION, GRIQUAS, PRINSLOO, 14-38. Gouws Prinsloo makes no mistake.

TRY70 TRY, GRIQUAS, ARNOLD, 12-38. The big Rory Arnold is awarded the try after the TMO decides that there was no knock on! The Griquas don't stand a chance of coming fro behind here but will aim to finish strong!

69 The Griquas are on attack and move closer towards the Cheetahs try line. The barge over for a try, but Kaplan wants to check something with the TMO first...

Conversion68 CONVERSION, DU PLESSIS, 7-38. Willie du Plessis, the replacement picks up where Watts left off!

TRY67 TRY, CHEETAHS, RHULE, 7-36. Cheetahs secure the bonus point with that try.

66 Sadie puts a well placed grubber through and finds touch on the Griquas five. Clinical play from the visitors centre! Griquas lose the ball at the line out and Cheetahs are on attack. They go wide and Rhule gets the fourth try!

65 Griquas are no where at the moment. Another attack is ruined from a simple handling mistake. Cheetahs will be hunting for the fourth try now!

Conversion62 CONVERSION, WATTS, 7-31. Watts adds to his tally.

TRY61 TRY, CHEETAHS, VAN ZYL, 7-29. Cheetahs on attack again as Watts runs between two defenders gets his arms free and pops to Daniller at pace. Daniller finds Ebersohn who pops inside to van Zyl to score another great try!

Conversion57 CONVERSION, WATTS, 7-24. Watts makes no mistake. Not sure if the Griquas can come back from here!

TRY57 TRY, CHEETAHS, RHULE, 7-22. Try is given!

57 The Cheetahs are on attack again off a scrum and my word that is some of the best skill and hands I've ever seen! Great hands from Sadie to collect an average pass at pace and break through. He then provides a left handed "SBW type" pass to Rhule to go over in the corner! Thats one for the highlights! They just checking with the TMO to see whether there was a forward pass.

Penalty55 PENALTY, WATTS, 7-17. Watts continues his good kicking form.

54 The Cheetahs give the ball plenty of width on attack but the Griquas defend well. Lindeque makes a half break, stopped only by an ankle tap. They come back from an earlier infringment and the Cheetahs finally make a sensible decision and opt for the 3 points from the penalty.

50 The tap again and good rush defense forces a knock on from the Cheetahs! griquas survive that onslaught. The Cheetahs really need to take the 3 points on offer, build a lead and then go for the 4 try bonus.

49 The Cheetahs make a good steal and are on attack again! A good run from Ebersohn gets them close to the line! The Griquas are offside and the visitors have won a penalty. They turn down the 3 points and take a tap instead! Another offside from the Griquas. Surely they should take the 3 points - win the game first.

46 After a few more scrum resets, the Cheetahs finally get the ball and Watts makes another good clearance.

44 The pressure pays off as the throw is skew! The Griquas have an attacking scrum. This what they need to do. Unfortunately for the home side, Rayno Barnes knocks on and an opportunity is lost!

42 Griquas showing intent as they win the ball attack powerfully. They lose the ball in the tackle and the Cheetahs kick. Rocco Jansen kicks accurately and puts the Cheetahs under pressure with a line out on their own line!

41 We're underway for the 2nd half! Griquas collect successfully and Brummer finds touch in the Cheetahs half.

Half Time40 Half time score 7-14. The Cheetahs have been full value for the 14 points and possibly should have more points on the board had they taken the points on offer on several occasions. Griquas will be happy to only be 7 points behind after their first half display! If Griquas can kick more accurately and take advantage of their opportunities they may be able to snatch this one from the Cheetahs. Smart money is for the Cheetahs to run away with this one in the second half though.

40 The Cheetahs attack comes to nothing as the visitors are off their feet at the breakdown. That ends the first half!

39 Cheetahs win a penalty shortly after the restart. Griquas guilty of not rolling away. They are well within reach of the posts for a place kick but they opt for the line out instead!

Conversion38 CONVERSION, BRUMMER, 7-14. Brummer makes no mistake with his first attempt!

TRY37 TRY, GRIQUAS, DAVIS, 5-14. The try is given as Davis gets his first try of the Currie Cup! A much needed score from the home side!

37 Great interplay from the Griquas team leads to a break down the right hand side! They finish off the move successfully as Dalton Davis goes over the whitewash! Just checking the last pass before awarding the try...

35 A few problems with the scrum as we have several resets. Kaplan is clearly not happy. This time around its the Cheetahs front row who is penalized as van der Merwe is the offender! Brummer clears well with the penalty.

32 Cheetahs show patience in attack as they build a few phases. The Griquas defense is strong as they manage to force a knock on in a collision.

31 Cheetahs attack from their own tryline off the scrum! They go wide and gain some ground. Watts attempts a cross kick which the Griquas have under control. A poor pass from the home side takes them back into their own 22m as they are forced to clear and give the Cheetahs a line out just outside the 22mm

28 Griquas win a penalty and opt for the line out. They really need to take advantage of this opportunity now if they want to get back in this game. They crash it with the forwards for a few phases. The Cheetahs defense is strong and they manage to hold up the home side and win a scrum!

Penalty26 PENALTY, WATTS, 0-14. Watts makes no mistake and this is starting to look ominous for Griquas now.

25 Cheetahs scrum dominance pays off as they win a penalty from the scrum! Watts will have another shot to extend the lead to 14 points.

24 The TMO has confirmed that their was indeed a knock on by Boom Prinsloo. Opportunity now for Griquas to relieve some pressure.

23 Cheetahs look dangerous on attack as Rhule finds space on the left wing! Once again good last line defense prevents a try! They go wide again and Daniller crashes over for a try!! Kaplan has gone upstairs to check for a potential knock on several phases back.

21 Pretorius clears poorly off the restart and Griquas have an attacking opportunity. They use the forwards to crash it up for a few phases. Cheetahs work hard at the breakdown and win a penalty in the process! Griquas need to capitalise on these opportunities if they stand a chance today!

Penalty19 PENALTY, WATTS, 0-11. Watts extends the lead to 11 points!

19 After several phases of attack the Griquas infringe at the breakdown and Watts will have another shot at goal.

18 Good defense from the Griquas as they win a penalty at the breakdown! Brummer finds touch on the halfway. Griquas miss their jumper again and Cheetahs are on the attack again!

15 Griquas get possession back just outside the 22m. Brummers clearance kick runs on much further than expected and goes out over the deadball line! Attacking scrum way back in Griquas territory for the Cheetahs!

14 Solid scrum from the Cheetahs, clearly showing they have the upper hand. Brummer under pressure makes a mistake as he kicks out on the full!

13 A bit of ping pong ensues between the two sides before Griquas try run it. Ebersohn attempts an intercept but knocks on in the process. Griquas have a scrum in the centre of the pitch.

10 Cheetahs kick tactically again off the restart putting the Griquas under pressure with a line out in their own 22m. Cheetahs infringe at the line out and the Gruquas are able to relieve some pressure.

9 Watts just goes wide with the conversion!

TRY8 TRY, CHEETAHS, VAN DER MERWE, 0-8. An error in the line out by the Griquas gifts Schalk van der Merwe an easy try as he crashes over the line for the first try of the match!

7 Boom Prinsloo makes a great run off the back of a line out. Sarel Pretorius is there in support and shows great pace down the wing but is brought just short by the last line of defense!

6 Hennie Daniller makes a clearance kick that goes out on the full! Griquas with an attacking line out on the 22m. They crash it up with the forwards a few phases before spreading wide coming close! Boom Prinsloo does well to make steal and the Cheetahs survive the first onslaught!

Penalty3 PENALTY, CHEETAHS, WATTS, 0-3. Watts makes no mistake with his first attempt!

2 Marnus Hugo infringes at the breakdown and the Cheetahs have won a penalty within kicking range. Watts steps up to try take the Cheetahs into an early lead.

1 And the Griquas get us underway in Kimberley! Elgar Watts doesn't find touch from his clearance kick and Griquas have the first attack but nothing comes of it!

Cheetahs coach Naka Drotsk� has recalled Springbok wing Raymond Rhule to his starting side for this clash. Drotsk� names Rhule on the left wing as Piet Lindeque moves over to replace Riaan Smit. In the only other change, Francois Uys returns up front at second-row as lock Freddy Ngoza drops down to the bench.

Griquas coach Pote Human has made three changes to his side's pack for this match. Tighthead prop Nico Pretorius makes his debut for the province on loan from the Falcons while Ewald van der Westhuizen drops out of the match-day squad altogether. Australian second-row Rory Arnold makes way for Dalton Davies, with the former dropping to the bench. Elsewhere, RJ Liebenberg gets his chance to start on the blindside flank in place of Burger Schoeman, who is sidelined through concussion. The back-line that lost heavily to the Blue Bulls in Kimberley last week remains unchanged, with the only other alteration coming on the bench, as Brummer Badenhorst gives front row backup.

Hello and welcome to GWK Park in Kimberley for this live coverage of the Currie Cup clash between Griquas and the Free State Cheetahs. Don't go away! We'll be back shortly with team news.

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