Free State Cheetahs

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Free State Cheetahs
Club information
Full nameFree State Cheetahs
ColoursOrange & white
Current details
Ground(s)Vodacom Park
Coach(s)Naka Drotské
CompetitionCurrie Cup
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Free State Cheetahs
Club information
Full nameFree State Cheetahs
ColoursOrange & white
Current details
Ground(s)Vodacom Park
Coach(s)Naka Drotské
CompetitionCurrie Cup

The Free State Cheetahs (formerly the Orange Free State), currently named the Toyota Free State Cheetahs, for sponsorship reasons, are a South African rugby union team that participates in the annual Currie Cup tournament. They are governed by the Free State Rugby Union and are based at the 37,076-capacity Vodacom Park in Bloemfontein. The Cheetahs won the Currie Cup 4 times, three times consecutively from 2005-2007.



The Orange Free State Rugby Union was established in 1895, but did not make it to their first Currie Cup final appearance until 1973, when they lost to Northern Transvaal 30-22 at Loftus Versfeld. Just two seasons later, the Orange Free State met Northern Transvaal again in the Currie Cup final, losing 12-6 at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein. The following season, Orange Free State met the Western Province in the final, defeating them 33-16 in Bloemfontein, claiming their first Currie Cup championship. The next season, Orange Free State met Northern Transvaal in the Currie Cup final again, though Northern Transvaal defeated them 27-12 in Pretoria. For the fourth successive time, Orange Free State were in the final again, and again with Northern Transvaal, who defeated them 13-9.

They met Northern Transvaal in the 1981 season final. Northern Transvaal won 23-16. The Orange Free State/Free State Cheetahs made two final appearances in the 1990s, being runners-up to Transvaal and the Western Province in 1994 and 1997 respectively. In 2004, they were runners-up to the Blue Bulls in the final, however, the following season, the Free State defeated them in the final, 29 points to 25. The Free State finished at the top of the table of the 2006 season, and defeated the Sharks in their home semi to advance to their third final in as many years. The Cheetahs hosted the final, which ended in a 28-all draw after 20 minutes of extra-time.

In the 2007 season, the FS Cheetahs continued their great form, winning 13 of the 14 games before the finals. After beating the Blue Bulls in the semis at home, they won the Currie Cup for a third consecutive time by coming from behind to beat the Golden Lions by 20-18 in the final.

Finals results

Currie Cup

1973Northern Transvaal30 - 22Orange Free StateLoftus Versfeld, Pretoria
1975Northern Transvaal12 - 6Orange Free StateFree State Stadium, Bloemfontein
1976Orange Free State33 - 16Western ProvinceFree State Stadium, Bloemfontein
1977Northern Transvaal27 - 12Orange Free StateLoftus Versfeld, Pretoria
1978Northern Transvaal13 - 9Orange Free StateFree State Stadium, Bloemfontein
1981Northern Transvaal23 - 6Orange Free StateLoftus Versfeld, Pretoria
1994Transvaal156 - 35Orange Free StateSpringbok Park, Bloemfontein
1997Western Province14 - 12Free State Cheetahs2Newlands, Cape Town
2004Blue Bulls342 - 33Free State CheetahsLoftus Versfeld, Pretoria
2005Free State Cheetahs29 - 25Blue BullsLoftus Versfeld, Pretoria
2006Free State Cheetahs28 - 284Blue BullsVodacom Park, Bloemfontein
2007Free State Cheetahs20 - 18Golden Lions1Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein
2009Blue Bulls36 - 24Free State CheetahsLoftus Versfeld, Pretoria

1 Transvaal are now known as the Golden Lions.
2 Orange Free State were renamed the Free State Cheetahs.
3 Northern Transvaal were renamed the Blue Bulls.
4 Game was a draw after 80+20minutes, thus the cup was shared.

Current squad

The 2012 Free State Cheetahs Currie Cup squad:[1]





Loose Forwards







In for 2012

Out for 2012

In for 2013

Out for 2013


Boetie McHardy1912
Hennie Potgieter1928
Tiny Francis1931/32
Jack Gage1933
Lappies Hattingh1933
Flip Geel1949
Piet Wessels1951/52
Basie Vivier1956
Harry Walker1953
Popeye Strydom1955
Chris de Wilzem1956
Bennie van Niekerk
Gert Cilliers1963
Nelie Smith1963
John Wessels1965
Piet Goosen1965
Sakkie van Zyl1965
Louis Slabber1965
Piet Greyling1967
Joggie Jansen1970
Jackie Snyman1974
Gerrie Germishuys1974
Leon Vogel1974
Jan Schlebusch1974
Johan de Bruyn1974
Gerrie Sonnekus1974
Kleintjie Grobler1974
Rampie Stander1974
André Bestbier1974
Edrich Krantz1976
De Wet Ras1976
Theuns Stofberg1976
Hermanus Potgieter1977
Dirk Froneman1977
Barry Wolmarans1977
Martiens le Roux1980
Gysie Pienaar1980
Eben Jansen1981
Rudie Visagie1984
Jaco Reinach1986
Christo Ferreira1986
Helgard Muller1986
André Joubert1989
Johan Styger1992
Ruben Kruger1993
Hentie Martens1993
Naka Drotské1993
Ollie le Roux1994
Brendan Venter1994
Chris Badenhorst1994
Os du Randt1994
André Venter1996
Werner Swanepoel1997
Rassie Erasmus1997
Jannie de Beer1997
Braam Els1997
Willie Meyer1997
Hendro Scholtz2002
Freidrich Lombard2002
CJ van der Linde2002
Juan Smith2003
Gerrie Britz2004
Hanyani Shimange2004
Michael Claassens2004
Gurthro Steenkamp2004
Meyer Bosman2005
Bevin Fortuin2006
Kabamba Floors2006
Jannie du Plessis2007
Barend Pieterse2007
Adriaan Strauss2008
Jongi Nokwe2008
Heinrich Brussow2008
Wian du Preez2009
Coenie Oosthuizen2010
Ashley Johnson2010


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