The Cheetahs secured their second victory of the season when they beat the Brumbies by 47 points to 36 in Bloemfontein with a bonus point for both teams.
The Cheetahs showed their intent on taking any points on offer from the opening minutes as they opened the scoring with a drop goal by Riaan Viljoen in the second minute of the match.
The Cheetahs then started splitting the Brumbies apart with ease and by the 11th minute of the match the Cheetahs had scored their third try.
At the end of the first quarter the Brumbies opened up the Cheetahs just as easily as the Cheetahs had done earlier and Francis Fainifo scored the Brumbies first try.
Both teams kept the scoreboard ticking throughout the second quarter and by half time both teams had scored four tries each and a total of 58 points.
The second half continued in much the same way although the Cheetahs stopped scoring tries and relied on Sias Ebersohn's boot through penalties.
The Brumbies outscored the Cheetahs by five tries to four but the difference was Ebersohn's boot as he racked up a 21-point haul.
A brace by scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius and a try-a-piece from frontrow pair Coenie Oosthuizen and WP Nel as well as two drop goals from Riaan Snyman account for the Cheetahs 47 points.
The Cheetahs led throughout but were almost caught out by a determined visiting team, who came close despite trailing by 25 points at one stage.
In the end, the desperation of the Free State outfit proved decisive as they secured the win after narrow losses in their previous two games.
The home side started well with Riaan Viljoen landing a 60 metre drop goal inside the opening 90 seconds.
His effort was followed by the opening try when Davon Raubenheimer won a lineout five metres out and popped the ball to Oosthuizen, who charged over the line.
Ebersohn missed the conversion, but twin brother Robert wasted no time in setting up a second try after he broke the line and drew the defence before off-loading to Pretorius for his seventh try of the season.
This time the number 10 converted and then combined with his halfback partner Pretorius down the middle to send Nel away for a third try, which was converted by Sias Ebersohn for a 22-0 lead inside the opening 13 minutes.
Another outrageous drop goal by Viljoen -- the fullback letting fly from close to the halfway line -- saw the lead stretched even further, before the visitors finally scored when Francis Fainifo capitalised fully on a hole in the home defence.
Matt Giteau converted, but the fight-back was immediately jolted as the Cheetahs turned defence into attack and Pretorius ran in a 27th minute bonus-point try.
The points continued to come thick and fast as Ben Alexander and Michael Hooper both scored in quick succession after good work from the forwards around them with Giteau converting on both occasions.
Adam Ashley-Cooper crossed the line just before the halftime break.
That left the score at 32-26 after 40 minutes.
Shortly after the interval Ebersohn gave his side some breathing space by landing two penalties.
Giteau ensured the Australians were still in the contest with 20 minutes to go by converting a penalty of his own.
However, the visitors were then dealt a blow when Christian Lealiifano was yellow carded for a dangerous tackle on Ashley Johnson.
Sias Ebersohn converted the subsequent penalty, before Josh Valentine sold a dummy to two Cheetahs defenders to send fellow replacement Robbie Coleman away to score -- Giteau converting to bring the gap down to five.
Ebersohn then ended any hope of a comeback with two further penalties as the Naka Drotske's men held on.
Final Score Cheetahs 47 Brumbies 36
Tries - C. Oosthuizen, S Pretorius 2, WP Nel
Pen - S Ebersohn 5
Con - S Ebersohn 3
Drop - R Viljoen 2
Tries - F. Fainifo, B Alexander, M. Hooper, A. Ashley-Cooper, R Coleman
Pen - M Giteau
Con - M Giteau 4
Cards - C. Lealiifano (62) Yellow
Man of the match : Coenie Oosthuizen
Referees: Marius Jonker (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Pro Legoete (South Africa), Cobus Wessels (South Africa)
Television match official: Johann Meuwesen (South Africa)
Cheetahs: 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Philip Burger, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Corné Uys, 11 Riaan Smit, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Ashley Johnson, 7 Davon Raubenheimer, 6 Heinrich Brussow, 5 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 4 Francois Uys, 3 WP Nel, 2 Adriaan Strauss (capt), 1 Coenie Oosthuizen.
Replacements: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Lourens Adriaanse, 18 Martin Muller, 19 Frans Viljoen, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Naas Olivier, 22 Hennie Daniller.
Brumbies : 1. Ben Alexander , 2. Stephen Moore , 3. Dan Palmer , 4. Peter Kimlin , 5. Mark Chisholm , 6. Mitchell Chapman , 7. Michael Hooper , 8. Colby Faingaa , 9. Pat Phibbs , 10. Christian Lealiifano , 11. Francis Fainifo , 12. Matt Giteau , 13. Andrew Smith , 14. Adam Ashley-Cooper , 15. Pat McCabe
Replacements , 16. Huia Edmonds , 17. Jono Owen , 18. Ben Hand , 19. Julian Salvi , 20. Josh Valentine , 21. Tyrone Smith , 22. Robbie Coleman