The Cheetahs got their 2009 campaign off to a flying start when they smashed a hapless Griquas outfit 57-7 in their Super 14 pre-season outing at Grey College, Bloemfontein, on Friday.
Rugby 365 reports that while the opposition was nowhere near that they will encounter in the Super 14, the Cheetahs showed they have plenty of pace and power.
They also showed they need to work on their cohesion as a unit – and they will have a chance when facing the Bulls next Friday – but scoring nine tries showed they do have the talent.
The pace in the side – even in the absence of injured Bok flyer Jongi Nokwe – was obvious. Sevens legend Fabian Juries and Danwel Demas laid down early markers.
The other standout feature of the game was the performance of the loose trio – Springboks Heinrich Brussow and Juan Smith, along with Frans Viljoen.
Springbok Meyer Bosman also used the opportunity to cement his place as starting flyhalf, again showing why Jake White picked him for the Springbok team in 2004.
Another player to make his mark was Hennie Daniller at fullback.
Few of the Griquas players took up Cheetahs coach Hawies Fourie’s offer to come into the squad through the back door – but wing Richard Lawson and lock Jacques Lombaard were the visitors’ stand-out players.
For the Cheetahs:
Tries: Demas 2, Uys 2, Potgieter, Smith, Scholtz, R Strauss, Basson
Cons: De Bruyn 3, Bosman 3