Erasmus inspires Cheetahs to opening win
July 3, 2004

Rassie Erasmus rolled back the years on Saturday as he led the Cheetahs to a 38-19 win over the Lions in the opening round of the Currie Cup in Bloemfontein.

The former Springbok inspired his young colleagues in the Cheetahs pack as they dominated the Lions up front - allowing the side to run in four tries and collect maximum points from the first game.

Erasmus scored one of their touch downs while Eddie Fredericks, Ryno Gerber and Michael Claassens getting the other touchdowns. Cheetahs flyhalf Willem de Waal scored 18 points from three conversions and four penalties.
The Lions were outclassed throughout and only put some respectability in the scoreline with two tries in the dying minutes, from Jorrie Muller and Schalk van der Merwe to add to Lawrence Sephaka's earlier score.

The Blue Bulls also got the best possible start to their campaign as they thumped the Eagles 75-10. Ettienne Botha was in commanding for the defending champions running in four of their 12 tries, with Johan Roets also scoring a hat trick.

The Bulls only led 29-10 at the interval but destroyed the Eagles up front in the second period allowing the free running backs plenty of opportunity to control the game as they scored 46 unanswered points.

Saturday's final game saw another hat-full of tries as western province ran in six in their 44-18 win over the Pumas at a soggy Newlands.

Jake White will also have been boosted by the performance of De Wet Barry, Jean de Villiers and Werner Greeff who all shone for WP. De Villiers looked full of running and Barry full of tackles in a surprisingly one-sided match.

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