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Tsimba shines for Free State

2002-08-24 19:43

Bloemfontein - A combination of ill-discipline and a stellar performance from Cheetahs flyhalf Kennedy Tsimba cost Griquas dearly as the Free State outfit ran out comfortable 57-15 winners in a niggly Currie Cup encounter played at the Free State Stadium on Saturday.

Griquas had four players yellow-carded and another, right-wing Corrie Avenant, red-carded as the derby match turned a little nasty. The Cheetahs also had Springbok flanker Hendro Scholtz sent to the cooler.

The home team led 29-10 at the break and never relented, running in a total of eight tries, four in each half. The outstanding Tsimba scored three while former Springbok flanker Rassie Erasmus scored a late brace. Tsimba scored 32 points via the three tries, seven conversions and one drop-goal.

Tsimba took the game away from Griquas with a breathtaking first half blitz, as the Cheetahs benefitted from excellent ball handling and ultra-slick passing.

The Cheetahs showed genuinely classy continuity as they ran the visitors ragged in a heated first half that saw three players yellow-carded. Griquas lost the services of Bertus Heunis and Nicky van der Walt for foul play while the Cheetahs' Scholtz also had a 10 minute break.

Tsimba dominated proceedings starting the riot with two converted tries, before adding the conversion of left-wing Eddie Fredericks' try. Tsimba then completed his hat-trick in the 37th minute and grabbed Free State a bonus point. The Zimbabwean then added a drop-goal on the stroke of half-time for good measure.

Points:

Cheetahs: Tries: Kennedy Tsimba (3), Eddie Fredericks, Friedrich Lombard, Rassie Erasmus (2), Anton Pitout Conversions: Kennedy Tsimba (7) Drop-goals: Kennedy Tsimba

Griquas: Tries: Quinton van Tonder, Attie Stander (replacement); Conversions: Corrie Avenant; Penalties: Corrie Avenant