JOHANNESBURG – The Free State Cheetahs are proof of how quickly things can change in sport as just 12 months ago they finished last in the Currie Cup standings and had to play a promotion-relegation match to secure their status in the Premier Division.
On Saturday in Bloemfontein they were crowned 2019 Currie Cup champions. Franco Smith’s players may have taken their foot off the pedal in the second half of Saturday’s final against the Golden Lions, which they ended up winning 31-28, but they had done enough in a stunning first half to bag their sixth Currie Cup title.
“To think where we were a year ago ... we played promotion relegation, but we worked our way back,” said a happy head coach Franco Smith after Saturday’s triumph in Bloemfontein.
“This is another important brick in the wall, another stepping stone, of what we’re building here.”
Smith called the victory “a great win against a group of Lions that threw everything at us.”