It’s the Specman spectacle in Bloem
ROSKO SPECMAN was the star of the show in Bloemfontein as he scored a superb try for the Cheetahs and had a direct hand in two as they secured an impressive bonuspoint victory.
Specman was scintillating with his powerful runs, superb support play and his all-round hard work in the Cheetahs’ second-bonus-point win in as many matches. He scored the opening try when he got the ball in his own 22 after a clearance kick by Province and glided through the defence, leaving no fewer than three defenders grasping at nothing, to give his team a 5-0 lead.
He also had a direct hand in their second five-pointer, scored by inside centre William Small-Smith.
And Specman didn’t stop there.
For the Cheetahs’ third try, he sent a perfectly-timed pass to skipper Francois Venter to run in their third try and stretch their lead to 18-10 going into the break.
But there were a few other players who also deserve credit for their efforts in Bloem.
Former Kings standout Makazole Mapimpi wasn’t as prominent as Specman, but he also looked good at times with a few good runs. He also showed his skill when he managed to loosen his arm from WP wing Seabelo Senatla’s grip in the tackle and dot the ball down for the try as he was driven into touch.
Senatla, the former Sevens superstar showed he was definitely growing in his 15-man journey as he was arguably Province’s hardest working player, and he also contributed a number of exhilarating runs.
The visitors 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.
It was the hosts’ water-tight defence, their ability to pounce on turnovers in open play and a few brilliant individual moments that secured victory for the defending champions.
They also managed to poach a number of Province’s lineouts, and the only area Province could confidently say they dominated was the scrums.
Province also got a try worthy of bragging about when scrumhalf Justin Phillips controlled the ball and managed to ground the ball over his head (while on his back) on the line in the tackle. That try came in handy, especially given that they were denied one after they applied good pressure on the hosts.
Province got one more converted try through Steph de Wit in the last eight minutes, but it was all Cheetahs after the break.