Cheetahs need a win to end in top 4

2017-10-04 06:01

Galvanised by the jailbreak win over the Blue Bulls in the first leg (41 – 40) of the Currie Cup, the Free State Cheetahs will look for ano­ther win in the return leg on Friday (06/10) at the Free State Stadium.

The Cheetahs secured this infamous win at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium on 19 August in Pretoria in the last minutes of a game which many spectators anticipated to end with the Bulls as winners.

However, the Free State boys conjured up some magic and emerged victors. Winger Makazole Mapimpi was the star of the game in question, scoring a hat trick for this team.

Friday’s return Currie Cup fixture in Bloemfontein is equally important for both sides given their prospect to finish in the top four and qualifying for the semi-final of the prestigious rugby trophy.

Victory will see the Bulls climb up the ladder and narrow the gap between them and the Cheetahs. The Cheetahs are five points off the visitors Bulls’ 25 points.

Another defeat will be detrimental to the Cheetahs after the devastating 24 – 59 loss to the Griquas on Saturday (30/09) in Kimberley. The Free State side has since lost the baton to coastal sides, the Sharks and Wes­tern Province, leading by 47 and 32 points, respectively.

The Bloemfontein boys desperately need a win to intensify prospects to finish in the top four and be best place to successfully defend their crown.

Victory will enable the hosts to consolidate their position on table, narrow the gap between them two top-seeded sides from the coast, Western Province (Cape Town) and the Sharks (Durban).

The Cheetahs’ recovery from the loss at the hands of their neighbours, the Griquas will be key against steadily improving Bulls.

A defeat will see the Cheetahs lose the grip having lost four games.

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