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Match officials: Our referee is Jaco Peyper. He will be assisted by Griffin Colby and Clearance Khumalo. The TMO is Ben Crouse.
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The Griquas on the other hand have included eight players who will nake their Currie Cup debuts this afternoon.
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The Cheetahs have a few injury concerns but have included Ruan Pienaar, Frans Steyn and Clayton Blommetjies in what is effectively their most experienced available team.
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Griquas: 15 Ashlon Davids 14 Munier Hartzenberg, 13 Christopher Hollis, 12 Rynhardt Jonker, 11 Luther Obi, 10 Zander du Plessis, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Ruan Steenkamp (captain), 7 Siba Qoma, 6 Niel Otto, 5 Derik Pretorius, 4 Mzwanele Zito, 3 Janu Botha, 2 Alandre van Rooyen, 1 Eddie Davids. Replacements: 16 Janco Uys, 17 Kudzwai Dube, 18 Justin Forwood, 19 Johan Retief, 20 Michael Amiras, 21 Raegan Oranje, 22 Theo Boshoff, 23 Sango Xamlashe.
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Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Craig Barry, 13 David Brits, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Enver Brandt, 10 Chris Smit, 9 Ruan Pienaar (captain), 8 Mihlali Mosi, 7 Aidon Davis, 6 Gideon van der Merwe, 5 Victor Sekekete, 4 Rynier Bernardo, 3 Marné Coetzee, 2 Marnus van der Merwe, 1 Schalk Ferreira. Replacements: 16 Louis van der Westhuizen, 17 Alulutho Tshakweni, 18 Conraad van Vuuren, 19 Sergio Moreira, 20 Andisa Ntsila, 21 Rewan Kruger, 22 Robert Ebersohn, 23 Malcolm Jaer.
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When these teams met last season they each won their respective home encounter.
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Griquas did much better by finishing third on the table and could upset the Cheetahs plans here in Bloemfontein this afternoon.
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The Cheetahs will hope for a better time out this time around after only securing three victories last season.
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Good afternoon and welcome to the Toyota Stadium for our live coverage of this Currie Cup clash between the Cheetahs and Griquas.
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Kick-off! We are underway here in the City of Roses!
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A good first touch from Blommetjies after Frans Steyn and he was placed under pressure. The Cheetahs secure the first penalty and Steyn finds touch.
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The Cheetahs secure the line-out and drive forward. They make good ground and Peyper says it was held up. The TMO is involved.
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The TMO agrees and Griquas have to kick it off and they drill it down the field.
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Sloppy work from the Cheetahs to lose possession and also a penalty. Du Plessis finds touch in the corner.
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PENALTY, GRIQUAS, DU PLESSIS! 0-3: The line-out is secured and they go wide. They string seven phases together before securing another penalty at the breakdown and Du Plessis opens his account with a good kick.
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PENALTY, CHEETAHS, PIENAAR! 3-3: After a few resets at the scrum the Cheetahs come away with it. They run the ball wide before securing an offside penalty. Pienaar levels the score!
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After a few basic errors from both teams Griquas feed a scrum near halfway.
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Great work at the scrum from the Cheetahs, as they secure a scrum penaly. Steyn finds touch.
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A poor line-out and another basisc error, as Griquas come away with the ball.
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PENALTY, CHEETAHS, PIENAAR! 6-3: Pienaar ensures that the Cheetahs have the lead after another accurate kick. Griquas were offside at the breakdown.
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Some more scrappy play as Griquas knocks it on after making good ground towards the 22.
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Blommetjies secures a Cheetahs ball and they progress. After some kicking up and down the Cheetahs feed a line-out near the 22.
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Once again Griquas come away with the Cheetahs line-out ball. They then secure a penalty and Du Plessis finds a good touch.
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Griquas secure their set-piece and go wide before the Cheetahs turn it over to only then spill the ball in the tackle.
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After a short stoppage and a few resets Griquas secure the scrum and make their way into the 22 before turning it over.
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The Cheetahs start an attack in their own 22 via Blommetjies. They make their way towards the Griquas 22 before running out of space and into touch.
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Steyn is into a gap after a grubber before the Cheetahs secure an offside penalty. Pienaar finds touch in the corner.
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TRY, CHEETAHS, VAN DER MERWE! 11-3 : They secure the line-out and drive forward. They are initially stopped but then Marnus van der Merwe SCORES on the second attempt! Great work!
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CONVERSION, CHEETAHS, PIENAAR! 13-3: A lovely kick from Pienaar ensures a 10 point lead.
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Yet another Cheetahs penalty after Griquas secure the ball illegally at the breakdown.
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PENALTY, CHEETAHS, PIENAAR! 15-3: The Cheetahs secure their subsequent line-out before winning another offside penalty. Pienaar ensures another three points.
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TRY, CHEETAHS, BRITS! 21-3: The Cheetahs throw the ball wide and David Brits side-steps at pace to open the Griquas defence and he is OVER! Too much pace! Good work Blommetjies in the build-up! The conversion is over!
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HALF-TIME: CHEETAHS 23-3 GRIQUAS. The Cheetahs take a 20 point lead into the break after that waste at the end from Griquas. The visitors must score first after the break/
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Griquas secure the subsequent line-out and drive forward. They then go wide. Good defending by the Cheetahs to keep them out and turn it over. Griquas have yet another penalty. It leads to another and now Peyper warns the Cheetahs. They take a tap and go before they try and kick to the corner and it flies into the empty seats.
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NO TRY, GRIQUAS, OBI! Obi is over but the TMO rules that the final pass before the try was scored went forward! Griquas have a penalty instead.
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Kick-off! We are back underway in the second half.
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An early offside penalty to the Griquas and Du Plessis finds touch.
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TRY, GRIQUAS, STEENKAMP! 23-8: Griquas secure the set-piece and they force a drive over the line for Steenkamp to SCORE! Great work!
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CONVERSION, GRIQUAS, DU PLESSIS! 23-10: The conversion is good and a perfect start for Griquas.
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The Cheetahs secure an offside penalty near halfway and Pienaar finds a good touch. Griquas secure the line-out and then lose it forward.
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TRY, CHEETAHS, BARRY! 28-10: After a few resets at the scrum the Cheetahs come away with it. Blommetjies sends Craig Barry wide and into a gap. The rest is history! The TMO checks for grounding!
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NO TRY, CHEETAHS! 23-10: The TMO rules that Barry stepped into touch before grounding the ball. Griquas feed a lineout!
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PENALTY, GRIQUAS, DU PLESSIS! 23-13: Griquas secure an offside penalty on the halfway line and Du Plessis slots a beauty!
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TRY, CHEETAHS, VAN DER WESTHUIZEN! 30:13: Griquas give away yet another offside penalty. The Cheetahs drive forward after the line-out and Louis van der Westhuizen is OVER! The conversion is good!
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Craig Barry sets off on a run for the Cheetahs. He then sends a grubber through but Mosi just cannot get there.
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A period of scrappy play follows and we have a Griquas scrum near halfway.
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Another basic error after Pienaar passes to Brandt, who cannot hold onto an easy ball. Both coaches will be frustrated.
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Du Plessis finds touch after Griquas secure a scrum penalty.
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Needless to say they then hand the Cheetahs a penalty at the line-out.
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We have some more resets at the scrum on the Griquas 22.
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The Cheetahs send a kick-through into a gap from Smith but Van Der Merwe cannot gather it and he spills it two metres out.
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Great work by the Cheetahs and they now have a scrum penalty five metres out. Pienaar finds touch.
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It's been scrappy again with not much to report as we are meandering to the end. Will the Cheetahs gets that bonus point?
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TRY, GRIQUAS, OBI! 30:20: This time Obi outsprints Jaer to go down and SCORE after the Griquas go wide. This time it will count for him and Du Plessis converts.
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FULL-TIME: CHEETAHS 30-20 GRIQUAS. The Cheetahs are the deserved winners against this inexperienced Griquas outfit. It was scrappy at times and typical early season play. Thank you for joining us.
Cheetahs
Griquas
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Drieë
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31' Der Merwe Mar...
37' Brits David
56' van der Westh...
42' Steenkamp Ruan
77' Obi Luther
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Doelskoppe
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32' Pienaar Ruan
38' Pienaar Ruan
57' Pienaar Ruan
43' du Plessis Al...
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Strafdoele
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11' Pienaar Ruan
17' Pienaar Ruan
35' Pienaar Ruan
8' du Plessis Ale...
53' du Plessis Al...
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Skepdoele
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Geel kaarte
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Rooi kaarte
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Groep
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Ferreira Schalk
Der Merwe Marnus van
Hoyland Damien
Bernardo Rynier
Sekekete Victor
Fitzgerald Stephen
Davis Aidon
Mosi Mihali
Pienaar Ruan
Smith Chris
Brandt Enver
Steyn Frans
Brits David
Barry Craig
Blommetjies Clayton
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Davids Edward
Van Rooyen Alandre
Botha Janu
Zito Mzwanele
Pretorius Derik
Otto Niel
Qoma Sibabalo
Steenkamp Ruan
Ungerer Stefan
du Plessis Alex-Z...
Obi Luther
R. Jonker
Hollis Christopher
Hartzenberg Munier
Davids Ashlon
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Plaasvervangers
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van der Westhuize...
Tsakweni Alulutho
Van Vuuren Conraad
Ntsila Anidisa
Ebersohn Robert
Jaer Malcolm
Moreira Sergio
Kruger Rewan
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Uys Janco
Oranje Raegen
Dube Kudzwai
Forwood Justin
Retief Johan
Amiras Michael
Boshoff Theo
Xamlashe Sango