The Cheetahs scored a bonuspoint 40-20 win in Bloemfontein lon Saturday, but it was Arnold’s biting incident on Cheetahs replacement hooker Ethienne Reyneke in the 62nd minute which took the gloss off the Cheetahs’ fine performance.
Griquas lock Arnold was red-carded after referee Craig Joubert referred the incident following a complaint from Reyneke, ironically just as Arnold scored the visitors second try to reduce their deficit to 32-20.
Griquas skipper Rayno Barnes admitted indiscipline cost his side with flank Marnus Schoeman receiving a yellow in the 57th which reduced Griquas to just 13 men between the 62nd the 68th minutes.
“The cards meant the end of us, we made too many mistakes and discipline on the ground cost us, which the Cheetahs capitalised on,” he said.
The Cheetahs, who took a halftime lead of 22-6, scored five tries and after the second by wing Raymond Rhule, he and prop Trevor Nyakane performed their now customary and delightful dancing routine.
“It’s just a think between me and Raymond, the game is supposed to be fun, it’s great fun to do it,” said Nyakane.
The Cheetahs other tries came from a brace from captain Boom Prinsloo, above, Elgar Watts and scrum Kevin Luiters on the stroke of fulltime, while Rocco Jansen scored Griquas other try.