Cheetahs score impressive win

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Original Content, Super Rugby on 3 Feb 2014 at 10:38
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Naka Drotske’s Cheetahs team scored a convincing 31-6 victory over the Pumas in their final Super Rugby warm-up game, in Bloemfontein on Saturday. The hosts scored four tries against just two penalties from the boot of Pumas flyhalf JC Roos.

The newly-promoted Pumas may have been without the services of a few key men – on duty with the Lions Super Rugby squad – but if anything, the result should have given them a taste for just how tricky life might be in the Currie Cup Premier Division later this year. Then again, with the Cheetahs boasting a full complement of Springbok players on Saturday in their first-choice Super Rugby line-up, this is likely to be the strongest Cheetahs team the Pumas are going to face in 2014.

Boom Prinsloo, surprisingly relegated to the bench in favour of Jean Cook, underlined his class with two tries once he came on, although it was Cook himself who first crossed the chalk for the Cheetahs. A penalty try secured the “bonus point” for the hosts, with the main positive from the encounter being an encouraging performance from boy-wonder Johan Goosen, who dictated matters well against the Currie Cup minnows and, crucially, managed to walk off the field without the aid of medical personnel.

Cheetahs 31: Tries: Jean Cook, Boom Prinsloo (2), Penalty Try. Conversions: Johan Goosen (3), Elgar Watts.
Pumas 6: Penalties: JC Roos (2).


  • The cheetahs do play some good rugby, yes its only a warmup game. Hope they have another great s15. Exciting to watch!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.02.14 12:36:13 by KingsArmy Reply
  • Thumbs up for goosen!! Hope we can finely see what he’s got to offer after a full season.

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.02.14 12:39:14 by KingsArmy Reply
  • If Goosen can stay injury free with Willie le Roux on form this will be a dangerous Cheetahs team

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.02.14 15:43:08 by Mutley Reply
  • @Mutley (Comment 3) : Agreed! its the same for all the teams I guess. Injuries have an effect, in some cases more than others.
    The Cheetahs have few stars, but a very balanced and pretty strong team, with exciting backs.
    I am keen to see how Cornal Hendricks will perform. Sofar he has tackled hard, and run strongly in the warm ups. Hopefully Francois Venter will play to his potential too, he never reached starry heights at the Bulls, but might thrive next to a 10 like Goosen. Should that be the case guys like le Roux, Rhule and Cornal Hendricks will pose a real threat.

  • Comment 4, posted at 05.02.14 07:58:10 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 4) : Rhule suffered second season syndrome last year, hope he has learnt from it and grown as a player. Lets hope to see him running off the 10 or between the centres looking for work.

  • Comment 5, posted at 05.02.14 08:57:07 by SheldonK Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 4) : @SheldonK (Comment 5) :

    The Cheetahs did very well after Goosen got injured last year with Willie popping up in the flyhalf position often.

    I wonder if that dynamic will change with the Goose back? Will Willie still pop up at flyhalf as regularly with the Goose fit?

    Will be interesting to see.

  • Comment 6, posted at 05.02.14 09:18:31 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 6) : Yes i think he will as Goosen is a good ball player so can interchange with Le Roux at 10 and 15 easily. So i think the Goosen/ Le Roux combo will keep opposition guessing.

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.02.14 09:53:10 by SheldonK Reply


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