The Free State Cheetahs announced themselves in the best manner at Loftus on Friday when they beat the home side 43-27.
As we expected, we saw a total different Free State side than last year as they can field their best side in this years competition with the PRO14 only started later this year.
The men from Bloemfontein had to wait another week to get their Currie Cup campaign started after a bye last week in round 1 but will be very happy with a bonus point win to start the season.
They had control of the match from the start getting over the Blue Bulls defensive lines at will.
This resulted in Free State outscoring the Blue Bulls with six tries to five.
Although they only had a 22-12 lead at the break Free State was in full control of the match and never really looked like relinquish that lead.
They open the scoring with a penalty and just outplayed the Blue Bulls in the forwards and at the back.
Benhard Janse van Rensburg got over twice. The Blue Bulls when winger Cornal Hendricks and flanker Ruan Steenkamp got over.
The second half was much the same with Free State dominating and Louis Fouche scoring their bonus-point try in the 51st minute.
The lead was again reduced to 29-17 when Specman showed off his skills to get over the line but the class from Free State was shown when Wiese forced his way over the line and Darren Adonis getting another try which too the game away from the host.
The Blue Bulls did not give up and Johan Grobbelaar and Conraad van Vuuren both got over the line to end up with another loss 43-27.
Toyota Free State Cheetahs 43 (22) – Tries: Henco Venter, Benhard Janse Van Rensburg (2), Louis Fouche, Jasper Wiese, Darren Adonis. Conversions: Tiaan Schoeman (5). Penalty Goal: Tian Schoeman.
Vodacom Blue Bulls 27 (12) – Tries: Cornal Hendricks, Ruan Steenkamp, Rosko Specman, Johan Grobbelaar, Conraad Van Vuuren. Conversion: Manie Libbok.
|July 19, 2019||19:15||Currie Cup||Currie Cup 2019||80'|
|Team||Losing Bonus Point||Penalty||Tries||Conversions||4 TRY BP||Points||Outcome|
|Vodacom Blue Bulls||0||0||5||1||1||27||Loss|
|Free State Cheetahs||0||1||7||5||1||43||Win|