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IT'S all about winning your home games in the Currie Cup and the Free State Cheetahs slipped up against Western Province last weekend.
Tonight they will be going all out to make amends for the loss when they play Griquas at Vodacom Park in Bloemfontein.
With Juan Smith back as captain after a two-month absence following the death of his father, the Cheetahs are a far better side than the display they put on last weekend would suggest.
There is a wealth of experience in the team. Winger Jongi Nokwe has played for the Springboks, hooker Skipper Badenhorst has 102 Currie Cup games to his name, flanker Hendro Stoltz will be notching up his 89th cap tonight, while Smith himself has turned out for the national team on no less than 62 occasions. So the experience is there, it's just a matter of putting it together.
"We've trained well this week and apart from an injury to Izak van der Westhuysen we will run out the same side," Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske told Sowetan yesterday.
Against Western Province the Cheetahs had the most possession and territorial advantage but didn't make it count.
"We gave away a soft try and a silly penalty under pressure and didn't capitalise on the things we did well. Griquas will come at us hard and will be confident following their win over the Sharks, so we'll have to be prepared for them," Drotske said.
The return of Smith is a welcome one for the coach as well as the supporters of the orange and white jersey.
"Juan played only 20 minutes last week but we hope to keep him on for 60 minutes against Griquas.
"He brings a lot of experience to the game and is an invaluable member of the Cheetahs team," the coach said.
Meanwhile for the Pumas and Leopards, tomorrow represents their only chance of picking up a win in the competition. Both sides are quite a bit off the pace of the other teams.
Last week against the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld, the Pumas tried hard but spent the evening playing catch-up.
Currie Cup games: Tonight - Cheetahs vs Griquas, Bloemfontein, 7pm. Tomorrow - Western Province vs Lions, Cape Town, 3pm; Pumas vs Leopards, Witbank, 3pm; Sharks vs Blue Bulls, Durban, 5pm.