Preview: GWK Giquas v Vodacom Free State Cheetahs

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Griquas v Cheetahs

Head to Head: GWK Griquas v Vodacom Free State Cheetahs (since 2005)
P: 10 W: 1 L: 9 PF: 164 PA: 328

23/07/2005 Griquas 17 Free State 19 Absa Park, Kimberley
24/06/2006 Griquas 14 Free State 55 Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein
19/08/2006 Griquas 20 Free State 31 Absa Park, Kimberley
07/07/2007 Griquas 10 Free State 51 Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein
08/09/2007 Griquas 17 Free State 21 Absa Park, Kimberley
20/06/2008 Griquas 16 Free State 20 Absa Park, Kimberley
08/08/2008 Griquas 3 Free State 22 Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein
10/07/2009 Griquas 28 Free State 18 Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein
29/08/2009 Griquas 13 Free State 58 Absa Park, Kimberley
16/07/2010 Griquas 26 Free State 33 Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein

“Vodacom Free State Cheetahs prop Coenie Oosthuizen scored a hat-trick of tries to steer his side to 33-26 win over the GWK Griquas in Bloemfontein when these sides met in week two of the 2010 Absa Currie Cup.”
GWK Griquas’ recent form at home:
• The hosts suffered their first home defeat in this season’s competition last Saturday following their 50-3 loss to Vodacom Western Province. They have recorded two home wins over The Sharks (40-34) in week one and the Xerox Lions (26-20) in week three in this year’s Absa Currie Cup.

• The GWK Griquas had a mix season in terms of results in Kimberley during last year’s competition. They recorded four wins and three defeats at GWK Park including victories over semi-finalists Vodacom Western Province and finalists Vodacom Free State Cheetahs.

• The Kimberley side however suffered home defeats against the Xerox Lions and the Vodacom Blue Bulls last year.

Vodacom Free State Cheetahs’ recent form on the road:
• The Vodacom Free State Cheetahs recorded a 25-23 victory over the Vodacom Blue Bulls at Loftus Versfeld in week three and a 45-30 win over the Barloworld Toyota Pumas during last weekend’s action in this year’s competition. They however conceded a 30-26 defeat against the Xerox Lions in week six’s action of the 2010 Absa Currie Cup.

• The visitors won four games on the road during last year’s Absa Currie Cup including their semi-final win over The Sharks in Durban.
Additional information:

• GWK flyhalf Naas Olivier has scored 650 points in his Absa Currie Cup career. The pivot has added 220 for Vodacom Western Province, 163 for the Platinum Leopards and 267 for his current side.

• Vodacom Free State Cheetahs flyhalf Louis Strydom has played 107 Absa Currie Cup games and has scored 789 career points in the competition.

• Winger Bjorn Basson (GWK Griquas) made his international Test debut for the Springboks against Wales earlier this year and is the leading try-scorer in this season’s Absa Currie Cup with 13.

• Springbok winger Jongi Nokwe has scored 44 Absa Currie Cup tries in his career.

• Lock Hendrik Roodt (GWK Griquas), who represented the NSW Waratahs during this year’s Vodacom Super 14, represented the SA Schools in 2005.

• Robert Ebersohn (Vodacom Free State Cheetahs) captained the SA Under-20s during the 2009 IRB Junior World Championship in Japan.

• SARRA referee Sandile Mayende will handle this match between the GWK Griquas and the Vodacom Free State Cheetahs.

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