Cheetahs, WP to square off

2015-08-26 06:00
THE Toyota Free State Cheetahs will be hoping to continue their winning form when they face Western Province on Friday night. 
Emile Hendricks

THE Toyota Free State Cheetahs will be hoping to continue their winning form when they face Western Province on Friday night. Photo: Emile Hendricks

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THE Toyota Free State Cheetahs returned to their winning ways when they defeated Griquas by 31-9 in Kimberley last Friday (21/08).

And the coach, Franco Smith, says his team will look for an encore when they battle it out against Western Province in the Absa Currie Cup tie at the Free State Stadium on Friday (28/08).

Kick-off is scheduled for 19:10.

“After losing our opening two matches of the competition, it really felt good to win against Griquas away. We are excited to have finally got the monkey off our back,” Smith told Express.

“We would definitely like to repeat our attacking and solid defence performance from last weekend. I think it is going to be a tough one again.

“Province are one of the strong teams in the competition and they will be coming here hoping to redeem themselves after losing to the (Blue) Bulls on Saturday,” he said.

The two sides will be meeting for the second time in the Currie Cup in a space of two weeks.

Province defeated the Cheetahs by 9-3 in their previous meeting at the Newlands Stadium in Cape Town on 15 August.

However, Smith says it will be a different ball game altogether this time around.

“We played under very difficult conditions as the field was wet in Cape Town. That prevented us from playing our normal attacking game. We will aim to do better than we have done in the previous match and hopefully we’ll beat them,” explained Smith.

The Cheetahs are placed fifth on the eight-team log with six points after three matches, while Province are sitting on position three with nine points after the same number of matches.

In another match on Friday, the Steval Pumas will take on the Golden Lions at the Mbombela Stadium at 19:10.

Elsewhere, Griquas welcome the Bulls at Griquas Park in Kimberley on Saturday at 15:00.

On the same day, the Eastern Province Kings will face the Natal Sharks at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth at 17:05.

) Curtain-raiser matches at the Free State Stadium on Friday will see the Cheetahs u.19 side taking on Province u.19 at 14:30, while the Cheetahs u.21 side will entertain Province u.21 at 16:30

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