In a central derby, the Free State Cheetahs open their 2022 Currie Cup campaign with a match against the tough Griquas.
Griquas finished 2021 strong, outdoing the Cheetahs in the Currie Cup and matches between these two sides are often gems.
Cheetahs vs Griquas LIVE scores
“The Toyota Challenge helped us a lot with our preparation for the Currie Cup. Every player in the group got some game time and Ruan played for the Sharks. The main thing was to see everyone play and to know who our best players in each position are and the players gained confidence.” Said, Coach Hawies Fourie
“It has been a close contest against the Griquas in the last couple of games and we want to rectify that. We have a quality team and I feel that we owe it to ourselves to do well on Saturday.”
“We have an exciting team and a tough challenge first up. We have a lot of respect for the Griquas but we’ve prepared well so far this week.”
“We know we have to be clinical and hopefully, we can keep the majority of the squad fit this year. Thankfully we don’t have Covid-cases as we did at the start of last season so we have a decent squad to pick from. The guys are excited to go and hopefully we can start well on Saturday.” Said captain, Ruan Pienaar.
Teams: Cheetahs vs Griquas
15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Craig Barry, 13 David Brits, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Enver Brandt, 10 Chris Smit, 9 Ruan Pienaar (captain), 8 Mihlali Mosi, 7 Aidon Davis, 6 Gideon van der Merwe, 5 Victor Sekekete, 4 Rynier Bernardo, 3 Marne Coetzee, 2 Marnus van der Merwe, 1 Schalk Ferreira
Substitutes: 16 Louis van der Westhuizen, 17 Alulutho Tshakweni, 18 Conraad van Vuuren, 19 Sergio Moreira, 20 Andisa Ntsila, 21 Rewan Kruger, 22 Robert Ebersohn, 23 Malcolm Jaer
15 Ashlon Davids, 14 Munier Hartzenberg, 13 Chris Hollis, 12 Rynhardt Jonker, 11 Luther Obi, 10 Zander du Plessis, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Ruan Steenkamp (captain), 7 Siba Qoma, 6 Niel Otto, 5 Derik Pretorius, 4 Mzwanele Zito, 3 Janu Botha, 2 Alandre van Rooyen, 1 Eddie Davids
Substitutes: 16 Janco Uys, 17 Kudzwai Dube, 18 Justin Forwood, 19 Johan Retief, 20 Michael Amiras, 21 Reagan Oranje, 22 Fiela Boshoff, 23 Sango Xamlashe