Bonus point Cheetahs run away with Force win


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The Cheetahs secured a 29-14 bonus point victory over the Force in the penultimate round of the Super14 for their first ever victory over the Western Australians.

The Cheetahs outscored their opponents by four tries to two with their first try coming in the opening minute.


The victory was the first time since 2006 that the Cheetahs had secured two consecutive victories.


The Cheetahs led the match throughout but after leading 26-7 at half time could only add one penalty in the second half.

Right wing Bjorn Basson scored two tries in the Cheetahs convincing win over the Force.


Their fourth win of the season enabled the Bloemfontein-based franchise to jump two places on the log to 11th, with Force dropping to 12th.


The Cheetahs set up their victory with a dominant performance in the first half in which they scored four tries to secure a bonus point and they led 26-7 at half-time.


The Force were lacklustre in the opening half and looked a shadow of the side that had won four of their previous five matches.


The Australians came back strongly in the second half but could add only one try to their score, six minutes before the final whistle.


Scrum-half Sarel Pretorius had an outstanding match for the Cheetahs and was involved in three of his team’s tries.


In the first minute Pretorius pounced on a fumble by Force fly-half David Hill and sent his own flyhalf, Naas Olivier, away on a 50-metre run to the try line.


Pretorius added the second try 11 minutes later from a scrum near the Force line.


Centre Ryan Cross scored for the Force but his effort was quickly cancelled out when Basson scored his first try after a kick ahead by Olivier.


Pretorius was again in the action when he picked up after another handling error by Force in the last minute of the first half.


He passed to fullback Hennie Daniller, whose long raking kick downfield was successfully chased by Basson.


“We gave Cheetahs too many tries,” said Force captain Nathan Sharpe.

“We made mistakes and you can’t do that against a side like Cheetahs.”


Sharpe pledged an improved performance in his side’s final match, against the Sharks in Durban Friday.


“We’ll go away and prepare well for the Sharks,” he said.

“We’ll bounce back next weekend.”


Cheetahs captain Juan Smith said he was delighted with his side’s win after a 36-32 triumph over Auckland Blues of New Zealand last Saturday.


“We’ve had a lot of disruptions during the season, with a lot of injuries, but we said during the week we couldn’t make excuses. It was a great team effort.” Springbok Smith said an improved defence was a key factor.


“Defence was one of our weaknesses but we’ve got it right at the end of the season.”


Final Score Cheetahs 29 Force 14


Tries – N Olivier, S Pretorius, B Basson 2,
Pen – N Olivier
Con – N Olivier 3
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – R Cross , M Hodgson
Pen –
Con – J O’ Connor 2
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Joey Salmans (South Africa), Marc van Zyl (South Africa)
Television match official: JC Fortuin (South Africa)


Cheetahs – 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Bjorn Basson, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Corne Uys, 10 Naas Olivier, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Juan Smith (captain), 6 Hendro Scholtz, 5 Barend Pieterse, 4 Izak van der Westhuizen, 3 WP Nel, 2 Skipper Badenhorst, 1 Wian du Preez.

Reserves: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Coenie Oosthuizen, 18 Waltie Vermeulen, 19 Davon Raubenheimer, 20 Marnus Hugo, 21 Danwel Demas, 22 Riaan Viljoen.

Force – 15 James O’Connor, 14 Nick Cummins, 13 Mitch Inman, 12 Ryan Cross, 11 Cameron Shepherd, 10 David Hill, 9 Justin Turner, 8 Richard Brown, 7 David Pocock, 6 Matt Hodgson, 5 Nathan Sharpe, 4 Tom Hockings, 3 Tim Fairbrother, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Nick Henderson.

Reserves: 16 Ben Whittaker, 17 Matt Dunning, 18 Sam Wykes, 19 Ben McCalman, 20 Chris O’Young, 21 Sam Harris, 22 Mark Bartholomeusz.

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