Teams eager for cup clash

2016-10-19 06:00
TRUMPCARD: Toyota Cheetahs predatory winger Sergeal Petersen is expected to continue with devastating form against the Blue Bulls in the Currie Cup final as he did against the Golden Lions in the semi-final on Saturday (15/10). Photo: Mlungisi Louw

TRUMPCARD: Toyota Cheetahs predatory winger Sergeal Petersen is expected to continue with devastating form against the Blue Bulls in the Currie Cup final as he did against the Golden Lions in the semi-final on Saturday (15/10). Photo: Mlungisi Louw

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CURRIE CUP glory beckons for the Toyota Cheetahs as they take on the equally determined Blue Bulls in Saturday’s (22/10) supercharge final in the Toyota Stadium (Free State Stadium).

This sold-out Currie Cup showdown is scheduled to kick-off at 16:00 with the gutsy Cheetahs looking to put arch-rivals, the Bulls, to the sword.

Victory for the in-form Cheetahs will see them complete the prestigious domestic championship undefeated. The hosts are going into this adrenaline-pumping encounter tails still in the air following their 55-17 demolition of the defending champions, the Golden Lions, Saturday (15/10) in Bloemfontein.

In their quest for glory and making history Franco Smith, head coach, and his warriors hope not for a repeat of the 2006 final when the Cheetahs and the Bulls finished 28-28 after they failed to produce a winner in extra-time.

The two giants made history as joint winners of the 2006 title – something Smith and his warriors would want to avoid.

They surely want to make history by being the one team to win the championship undefeated in the tournament.

On the other hand, the visitors, the Bulls, wish for a repeat of the 2009 final which saw them crush the Cheetahs 36-24 to clinch the championship.

Smith’s lads are dreaming of finishing off the job against the Bulls and ending eight years of cup drought. Reaching this year’s final Smith and his brave warriors have given themselves an opportunity to go one better than the previous 2009 final and there is no hiding that a good omen favours the Orange.

It is fundamental that the Cheetahs display the temperament that got them to this year’s final, which will prove a dream final for lads in the likes of Sergeal Petersen, Neill Jordaan, Ryno Benjamin and Clayton Blommetjies. They are expected to emulate the devastating form that saw the Lions dethroned.

The titanic clash will largely depend on the players’ ability to convert chances created and containing the opponents.

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