Specman stars for Cheetahs
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