Cheetahs performance ‘might be their best’

Date published: October 17 2016

Free State head coach Franco Smith says that his side's 55-17 win over the Golden Lions might have been there finest performance yet.

Free State scored six tries as they dominated a bewildered Lions outfit in Bloemfontein and Smith says that the Cheetahs surprised themselves.

A statement that holds a lot of gravity considering Smith's charges have yet to lose a game in this Currie Cup. 

"If it isn’t the best we’ve played, then it is very close… Good people make good players and it begins there. Sometimes when things go well you forget that, but when things go well that is where you get your strength," Smith told SuperSport.

"And then all credit to the players. We started here with a plan 18 months back and they bought into it, learnt lessons and it was wonderful to see how well they implemented it in the game.

"We spoke about surprises the whole week, we didn’t want to surprise others, we wanted to surprise ourselves. It shows that if you have the right thoughts then anything is possible. So I was very surprised.

"It came quickly, we started last year and a lot of people had high expectations. With that first Bulls game here, with the Currie Cup we managed to empty the stadium. So it was a mission to get those fans back.

"There is still a lot of hard work ahead and this is what makes this group so unique. They all want to achieve. That is what we are striving towards."