Kruger Ran

In the absence of anything else egg shaped (apart from the inevitable baking bollox) on TV yesterday I watched the Cheetahs play the Griquas in the Currie Cup.

It was time well spent – a fast game where the lead kept changing and the result was still in doubt as the clock turned red.

The Cheetahs had led 17-6 at half-time but were upended in the second period by their determined neighbours.

Griquas led 23-20 heading into the final five minutes before a try in the corner from Cheetahs wing Makazole Mapimpi seemingly left their dream in tatters.

But Griquas refused to give up and replacement loose forward De Wet Kruger barged over for his second try of the afternoon with less than two minutes left.

Replacement flyhalf George Whitehead converted from the corner to give Griquas a five-point lead.

There was still time left for one more play and when Griquas failed to handle the subsequent restart, the Cheetahs had a chance to steal the game at the death.

However, the Griquas defence held firm to hand the defending champions their first Currie Cup loss of the season.

The Kruger trythat settled the game was worth watching – he got the ball 10 metres out with three Cheetahs in front of him – he barged ahead like a rampaging bull and carried two players over the line with him.

He is a right handful!


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