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Friday 21st August 17:10 GMT

 

Two sides who have yet to taste success in the 2015 Currie Cup, clash in Kimberley on Friday Evening, when the Griquas entertain the Free State Cheetahs. The Griquas who only took their place in this season’s Premiership tournament, after coming through the play-off system, are the only team not to have registered a single point after two rounds of competition. However, the fixture list wasn’t particularly kind to the Griquas, putting them up against the reigning Champions Western Province, and the team they beat at the semi-final stage last season, the Blue Bulls, in the opening two rounds.  

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They managed three tries at home against the Champions, but conceded six, as they were beaten 19-43 in Round 1 at home, before putting in a spirited show at the Bulls, where they led 12-6 at half time. Unfortunately the Bulls cut loose in the second period, and ran out 36-12 winners.

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The Cheetahs were thumped in their opening fixture in Bloem by the Blue Bulls, who won by 57-19, and although they only went down by 3-9 to Western Province in Round 2, the game was played in the most appallingly wet conditions at Newlands. The losing bonus point, did at least open their account for the season.

Posted: 30th August 2014

 

Griquas are still waiting for their first win of the 2014 Currie Cup tournament but will be hoping that the visit of the Free State Cheetahs to ABSA Park Kimberley on Saturday will enable them to break that duck. It might seem strange that a coach would retain the same XV following a third straight loss, but that is exactly what Hawies Fourie has done. In fairness to the team, they enjoyed the greater share of the possession last week in Nelspruit against the Pumas, they were just not as clinical as the opponents at seizing the opportunities that came their way.

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Fourie felt that the Griquas failed as team, rather than individuals, and he still believes that his side can make a challenge for the semi-finals, rather than be battling relegation at the end of the season. The Cheetahs have only one win to their name this season, but came mighty close to upsetting the Sharks last weekend. The only change made by Cheetahs coach Rory Duncan from the Sharks contest is enforced by injury to lock Carl Wegner, who is replaced by Henco Venter, promoted from the bench. His display as Wegner's replacement against the Sharks certainly warrants a starting position in Kimberley.

Posted: 25th August 2012

This weekend on the Currie Cup, the Griquas and the Free State Cheetahs will play in Kimberley , with the game on Saturday, August 25th at 15:00 local time and 13:00 GMT. Those who are playing the Currie Cup this year have only been able to play two games so far, so it is likely that these tables will change drastically after the next set of matches. However, as it standings right now, the Griquas come in at number six on the table, the very last spot, as they lost both of their first two games played, and earned just one points.

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The Free State Cheetahs aren't doing much better so far. They are in the number five spot on the table with four points earned. They have been able to win one of the two games that they played. Natal leads the table after two wins.


Tags: Currie Cup, Free State Cheetahs, Griquas, ABSA Park, Hawies Fourie, Rory Duncan, Carl Wegner
Posted: 21st August 2015


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