Rhule rocks for Cheetahs
- 05 Oct 2013
Raymond Rhule scored four tries as the Free State Cheetahs thrashed Griquas 52-21 in Kimberley.
All of the winger's tries came in the second half as the Cheetahs claimed a bonus-point win that takes them to third on the Currie Cup log, a point ahead of the Lions and five points ahead of the Bulls. The heavy defeat means that Griquas will contest the promotion-relegation play-offs against the Pumas, who topped the First Division log.
The match was played in sweltering conditions and it was the visitors who came out of the blocks with intent, Elgar Watts slotting a third-minute penalty.
Schalk van der Merwe then scored a try, which came from a lineout mistake from Griquas close to their line. Watts missed the conversion but slotted another two penalties to make it 14-0.
Griquas scored a try just before the break through Dalton Davis but there was to be no second-half comeback.
Rhule strolled over from close range in the 57th minute after Johann Sadie's excellent offload, before Piet van Zyl got in on the act as he was put over by Robert Ebersohn.
While Griquas were able to score another two tries, through Rory Arnold and Jaco Nepgen, Rhule ran in another three to take the Cheetahs past the 50-point mark.
Griquas – Tries: Dalton Davis, Rory Arnold, Jaco Nepgen. Conversions: Francois Brummer, Gouws Prinsloo (2).
Free State Cheetahs – Tries: Schalk van der Merwe, Raymond Rhule (4), Piet van Zyl. Conversions: Elgar Watts (2), Willie du Plessis (3). Penalties: Watts (4).
Griquas – 15 Gouws Prinsloo, 14 Richard Lawson, 13 JP Nel, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Rocco Jansen, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Marnus Hugo, 8 Leon Karemaker, 7 RJ Liebenberg, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Jaco Nepgen, 4 Dalton Davis, 3 Nico Pretorius, 2 Ryno Barnes (c), 1 Steph Roberts
Subs: 16 Matthew Dobson, 17 Brummer Badenhorst, 18 Rory Arnold, 19 Patrick O'Brien, 20 Jacques Coetzee, 21 Du Randt Gerber, 22 Jean Stemmet.
Free State Cheetahs – 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Piet Lindeque, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Boom Prinsloo (c), 7 Lappies Labuschagne, 6 Teboho Mohoje, 5 Lodewyk de Jager, 4 Francois Uys, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Hercu Liebenberg, 1 Schalk van der Merwe.
Subs: 16 AJ le Roux, 17 Rossouw de Klerk, 18 Philip van der Walt, 19 Freddy Ngoza, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Willie du Plessis, 22 Joubert Engelbrecht.
Photo: Johan Pretorius/Gallo Images
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