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Blues blow Cheetahs away

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This was a live match report.

 

Preview

Cheetahs manager Naka Drotsk’ repeatedly said this week that he regards this as his team’s toughest game on their five-match Australasian tour.

He may well be right. His team may well be in for a long and difficult day at the office.

“The Blues’ record speaks for itself, especially in Auckland,” was Drotsk”s refrain this week.

He backed that up with: “They are a well balanced team – with a powerful set of forwards and some incredible game breakers in the backs. They are also very physical, so it will be our toughest test without doubt.

“Add to that our injuries and we know it will be a real test of character for the youngsters.”

Match detail

 

The Blues took the early lead when they swung the ball wide and Steve Devine scored the first try of Super14 Round 10.

 

 Isa Nacewa slices the ball left of the post.

 

The Cheetahs got straight back with a penalty when Herkie Kruger scored the Cheetahs first points.  Isa Nacewa then slotted a penalty for the Blues to put them a try ahead after 10 minutes.

 

The Cheetahs slowly work the ball towards the Blues tryline but big Troy Flavell steals the ball from them and Nacewa clears the ball away from danger.

 

Isa Nacewa then slots another penalty for the Blues.

 

The Blues come close to scoring another try as Tuitavake passes to Howlett but the pass is forward and they are called back.

 

Justin Collins gives away a penalty for not rolling away and the Cheetahs go for the lineout as they are too far out to kick for posts.

 

The Cheetahs have been put under a lot of pressure and their defence has been excellent.

 

Isaia Toeava breaks and passes to Tuitavake who passes to Howlett who runs in for the try. (Just as I say the Cheetahs defence has been good – heh).

 

Isa Nacewa misses the conversion again.

 

The siren goes for half time and so does the whistle.

 

Half time score was Blues 16 Cheetahs 3

 

Both teams started the second half with their starting 15, so no changes at half time.

 

Isa Nacewa got the first points of the half as he slotted a penalty for the Blues.

 

The Blues score a great try running the length of the field which started from a botched Cheetahs lineout and Anthony Tuitavake is the try scorer. Isa Nacewa converts this one.

 

The Cheetahs have a good spell and come close to the Blues line but the Cheetahs knock on at a crucial time.

 

Advantage is called and Cheetahs call a lineout but the ball is poached and sent way down field towards the Cheetahs line.

 

The Blues look like they are now focusing on getting that fourth try for the Bonus point.

 

The Cheetahs handling errors are costing them points at crucial times. The handling error count with 7 minutes to go is Cheetahs 11 Blues 5. The Blues have also managed 27 turnovers.

 

As the siren sounds the Cheetahs Ryno Van der Merwe scores a try which denies the Blues the bonus point. Herkie Kruger
misses the conversion.

 

The whistle goes and the full time score after is Blues 26 Cheetahs 8

 

Report to follow.

 

 

Blues
Tries: Steve Devine, Doug Howlett,Anthony Tuitavake
Penalty:  Isa Nacewa (3)
Conversion: Isa Nacewa

 

Cheetahs
Tries:  Ryno Van der Merwe
Penalty: Herkie Kruger
Conversion:

 


Teams:

Blues: 15 Ben Atiga, 14 Doug Howlett, 13 Isaia Toeava, 12 Sam Tuitupou, 11 Anthony Tuitavake, 10 Isa Nacewa, 9 Steve Devine, 8 Jerome Kaino, 7 Daniel Braid, 6 Justin Collins, 5 Troy Flavell (c), 4 Ali Williams, 3 John Afoa, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Tony Woodcock
Replacements: Derren Witcombe, Nick White, Greg Rawlinson, Angus Macdonald, David Gibson, David Holwell, Joe Rokocoko

Cheetahs: 15 Bevin Fortuin, 14 Eddie Fredericks, 13 Marius Joubert, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Tiger Mangweni, 10 Herkie Kruger, 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Kabamba Floors, 7 Duane Vermeulen, 6 Heinrich Brussouw, 5 Corniel van Zyl, 4 Rory Duncan, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Hans van Dyk, 1 Ollie le Roux (c)
Replacements: 16 Richardt Strauss, 17 Wian du Preez, 18 Dewald Senekal, 19 Bian Vermaak, 20 Falie Oelschig, 21 Willem de Waal, 22 Philip Burger

Referee: Paul Marks (Australia)
Touch judges: Dan Cheever (Australia), Kelvin Deaker (New Zealand)
Television match official: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)
Assessor: Alan Riley (New Zealand), Dennis Immelman (South Africa)

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