Posted on Friday, 23 Aug 2019
There is currently a positive collaboration between the Griffons and the Toyota Free State Cheetahs with regard to the u.20 team participating in the South African Rugby Union's u.20 championship, as well as the two unions' senior teams.
The Griffons' under-20 team, which has fared very well in the competition so far, is at the top of the standings.
The Griffons use players and even coaches from the Toyota Free State Cheetahs on a loan basis to form part of their team. The agreement benefits the Toyota Free State Cheetahs' junior players.
The collaboration is also extremely positive for the Griffons as they, with a strengthening of the Toyota Free State Cheetahs, participate in the competition at a high level. The Toyota Free State Cheetahs, in turn, benefit from this as more regular playing opportunities are offered to its under-19 and under-20 players.
This cooperation and loan agreement works well and has a positive impact on rugby in central South Africa.
As far as the two unions' senior teams are concerned, there is a pleasant and strong cooperation between the players. The Griffons have so far used the following players: Schalk van der Merwe, Boan Venter, Erich Louw and Sibabalo Qoma. This has strengthened the Griffons' side, who is currently the leading team in the Currie Cup's First League standings in addition to the Jaguares XV, an Argentine team that also participates in the competition.
The Free State also has the advantage that some of the players who played for the Griffons returned to the Free State's Currie Cup team for the Premier League as injuries necessitated it, which in turn helps the Toyota Free State Cheetahs.
It is therefore clear that the two unions, working together in one province, both benefit greatly.