The Free State Cheetahs will, on the evidence of their overwhelming win over of the Blue Bulls at Loftus on Friday night, be a strong contender for the Currie Cup.
The Bloemfontein side won 43-27 and were good value for every point of the win against a Blue Bulls side that couldn’t scrum and wouldn’t tackle. A telling fact is that two of the Bulls five tries were scored in the last three minutes to give some (undeserved) respectability to the scoreline after they trailed 17-43 before then.
The home side was lethargic and the victory, unlike the WP win against them last weekend, didn’t flatter the Free State Cheetahs in any way.
The Cheetahs had structure, cohesion and vision, none of which was obviously present on Blue Bulls side who scored from an excellent driving maul just before halftime but were easily contained in subsequent efforts – the story of their disjointed effort in which they succumbed to the quicker and more slick backline of the visitors.
The Blue Bulls did get five tries for a bonus point, but Pote Human and his coaching staff will have much to ponder as this loss at home could decide their play-off hopes
The Blue Bulls discipline wasn’t up to standard, their attacks were fragmented compared to the Cheetahs who as a team looked more cohesive and at ease with their game plan, and everything considered this was one of the most disappointing performances by a Blue Bulls side over the past few years.
Bulls (10) 27: Tries: Cornal Hendricks, Ruan Steenkamp, Rosko Specman, Johan Grobbelaar, Conraad van Vuuren. Conversion: Manie Libbok.
Cheetahs (22) 43: Tries: Henco Venter, Bernhard Janse van Rensburg (2), Louis Fourche, Jasper Wiese, Darren Adonis. Conversions: Tian Schoeman (5). Penalty: Schoeman.