The Toyota Cheetahs are the 2019 Currie Cup winners who snatched the glory under the guidance of outgoing coach Franco Smith.

Smith led the side to their sixth Currie Cup victory. This was the 47-year olds’ second cup triumph at the helm of the Free State franchise.

After beating the Xerox Golden Lions 31-28 in the final over this past weekend in Bloemfontein the Cheetahs lifted the cup for the first time since 2016 when they beat the Blue Bulls in Bloemfontein.

The Cup serves as an outgoing present for Smith who joins Italy’s national side as head coach from January 2020.

Former University of Stellenbosch coach Hawies Fourie takes over the reins starting with the sides Guinness Pro 14 campaign later this month.

Smith shares that he leaves significance in Bloemfontein over success.

The former Springboks Assistant coach hopes the team manages to stay relevant in competitions after his departure.

Smith will coach the Cheetahs for the first three games in the Pro 14 as Fourie is still recovering from prostate surgery.

Smith who hails from Lichtenburg in the North West has both played and coached in Italy before.

He played for Benetton Rugby side from 2003 – 2006 and coaching the same side from 2007 – 2013. Smith stresses on playing quality rugby. Report by Tshenolo Meruti