Blitzbok meets real cheetahs

2011-12-07 20:22 Port Elizabeth - Players competing in the third round of the Sevens World Series visited the Kragga Kamma game park here on Wednesday for a tour of the park which is home to white rhino, buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, zebra and many more species.

Frankie Horne (South Africa), Miles Craigwell (United States), Manuel Montero (Argentina) and Andrew Turnbull (Scotland), renowned as some of the quickest players on the international circuit, were given a tour of the park, before having a close encounter with Mark and Monty, two of the game park's cheetahs.

“It was nice to have a day off from training and come out and do something like this. Being from South Africa myself, I have been to a game park before but it’s always so stunning and for these guys as well who are not from here, it is even more impressive for them,” said Horne.

Manuel Montero, who is known by Argentinian fans as ‘Black Panther,’ commented: “It was really amazing seeing Giraffes, Rhinos and wilder beast out in the open and not in cages here like this. Seeing them all so close was an unforgettable moment. Then coming and stroking the two wild cheetahs as well, was scary but such a good experience.”

The third round of the Sevens World Series kicks off this weekend at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

Miles Craigwell (USA), Manuel Montero (ARG) and Andrew Turnbull (SCO) and Frankie Horne (RSA)