Spec­man stars for Chee­tahs

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ROSKO Spec­man was the star of the show in Bloem­fontein as he scored a su­perb try for the Free State Chee­tahs and had a di­rect hand in two as they se­cured an im­pres­sive 30 17 bonus-point vic­tory over West­ern Prov­ince.

Spec­man was ab­so­lutely scin­til­lat­ing with his pow­er­ful runs, su­perb sup­port play and his all-round hard work in the Chee­tahs’ sec­ond­bonus-point win in as many matches. The Sev­ens man scored the open­ing try (and def­i­nitely the try of the match) when he got the ball in own 22 af­ter a clear­ance kick by Prov­ince and glided through WP’s de­fence, leav­ing no fewer than three de­fend­ers grasp­ing at noth­ing, to score a bril­liant solo try and give his team a 5-0 lead.

He also had a di­rect hand in their sec­ond five­pointer, scored by in­side cen­tre Wil­liam Smal­lSmith, when he got hold of the ball af­ter a maul and broke the line once again, be­fore of­fload­ing to the mid­fielder to put in the fi­nal dash to score. And Spec­man didn’t stop there. For the Chee­tahs’ third try, he re­ceived a pass from loose for­ward Uzair Cassiem, be­fore run­ning in a few solid me­tres and send­ing a per­fect­ly­timed pass to skip­per Francois Ven­ter to run in their third try and stretch their lead go­ing into the break.

Prov­ince en­joyed more ter­ri­tory and pos­ses­sion in the first half, but the Chee­tahs proved to be more clin­i­cal as they made great use of their op­por­tu­ni­ties to con­vert their chances into points.

Prov­ince man­aged to get one more con­verted try on the score sheet through Steph de Wit in the last eight min­utes, but in the sec­ond half it was all Chee­tahs as they kept Prov­ince to mostly a de­fen­sive role. – Wynona Louw

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