Monday, July 26, 2010
While the Tri Nations takes center stage, the Currie Cup has been heating up in South Africa with some top quality action taking place around the country. The Blue Bulls hosted the Cheetahs this weekend in what turned out to be a thriller. Skip to the video now to avoid the spoiler.
It was a typically brutish game where both sides bashed each other for virtually the full eighty minutes. The Currie Cup finalists of last year showed that there was no love lost as the Cheetahs, led by Springbok stalwart Juan Smith, took it to the Bulls at Loftus.
In the end it came down to a dramatic finish as the Cheetahs snuck over with time up after an intense siege on the Bulls tryline. The try was scored by replacement hooker Skipper Badenhorst, and then it was up to youngster Sias Ebersohn, the twin brother of Sevens star Robert, who stepped up and slotted the deciding kick unfazed.
The 25-23 victory was due in part to the Cheetahs staying in the game with some cool kicking from starting flyhalf Louis Strydom after the Bulls showed indiscipline and were penalized on numerous occasions.
Eightman Ashley Johnson, Springbok tourist at the end of last year, showed what an asset he is to any side as he ran his socks off all day. Take note of the big hit on him by massive Bulls prop Dean Greyling, the same guy who snuck a punch in on the Cheetahs front rower Coenie Oosthuizen.
It was a great game of rugby and there was plenty of good play that couldnt be included in these highlights. The final try came after many phases of play, so those are shown in real time here. Enjoy.