It’s the Spec­man spec­ta­cle in Bloem

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - WYNONA LOUW

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.

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