BLOEMFONTEIN – Toyota Free State Cheetahs coach Franco Smith was a delighted man after his team survived a strong second-half fightback from the Xerox Golden Lions for a 31-28 victory and their first Currie Cup title since 2016 in Bloemfontein on Saturday evening.
It was a proper catfight with both teams trying hard to stamp their authority from the outset with powerful bursts up-field and big tackles on defence.
“It is always an excellent feeling to win the Currie Cup,” said Smith.
“This is the flagship tournament in South African rugby, and I hope it stays that way. #CurrieCupReloaded was a fantastic initiative this season, and it was great that the tournament was so competitive. It is a real privilege to finish as the champions.
“We started building again last year after several players left, and there is currently a dream at the union to win the Currie Cup and Guinness Pro14 in one season. The players worked very hard for this and all credit to them.”