Team hungry for victory

2016-09-28 06:00
CHEETAHS COACH, Franco Smith .Photo: Supplied

CHEETAHS COACH, Franco Smith .Photo: Supplied

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THE Free State rugby giants, the Toyota Cheetahs, are poised for this year’s Currie Cup glory that will see their redemption.

With tail still in the air following their onslaught, they look to put the Northern Cape side Griquas to the sword to guarantee a semi-final slot in this year’s Currie Cup.

Undefeated in their cup run, the Cheetahs are laying in big wait to demolish the visitors when they meet in their backyard, the Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein, in Saturday’s (01/10) only Currie Cup fixture.

Victory will see the local lads finish top of the log table.

Nothing will appease the Cheetahs head coach Franco Smith than seeing his charges clinch this year’s Currie Cup championship to reward all the hard work done in turning around the Bloemfontein side into the most enterprising team this year in the domestic league.

The Free State team has produced some of the most historic performances under the current mentor Smith, who took over the coaching reins from Naka Drotské.

Smith, a former Cheetahs playmaker took over from Drotské as head coach at the tail end of the 2015 season and gradually worked his magic transforming the Cheetahs into a formidable side.

Smith’s warriors’ biggest task is to unleash their very best in the semi-final against their opponents, the Golden Lions, who would want to crash the Free State side’s cup-winning ambitions.

The Cheetahs last tasted the glory of winning the prestigious trophy when they won it in 2007, beating the Lions 20-18 in a nail-biting final in Bloemfontein.

The Free State side won the championship in 2005, 29-25 against the Blue Bulls and became the 2006 joint-holders with the very rivals Bulls after they finished the game 28-28 after extra-time.

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