Brumbies bloom in Bloemfontein


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Eight weeks into the tournament and the Cheetahs finally get a home game. It seems unbelievable but it is surely unfair.

The last placed Cheetahs have not won a match since this week a year ago. On April the 5th last year they beat the Reds in


Venue: Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein
Kick-off: Saturday 4th April, 3pm (local), 12am (Sun, AEDT)
Last year: Brumbies 29, Cheetahs 23 at Canberra
Head to Head: Played 3 – Brumbies 2, Cheetahs 1

Last three results

2008 Brumbies won 23-29 in Canberra
2007 Cheetahs won 38-20 in Bloemfontein
2006 Brumbies won 20-53 in Canberra



Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.


The match is underway.


2.00: Straight from the kick off the Brumbies try to play their fast paced attack.


5.00: Christian Lealiifano gets the Brumnbies on the board with a drop goal.


8.00: The Brumbies manage to open up the Cheetahs defence and come close to scoring but George Smith just knocks on at the line.


10.00: Christian Lealiifano gets the ball after a scrum and sidesteps two Cheetahs defenders to run in what looks like a fairly easy try.


10.00: Stirling Mortlock slots the conversion.


12.00: Mitchell Chapman opens up the Cheetahs defence and makes it look easy. A last gasp tackle saves the try.


13.00: The Brumbies drive over the try line so we upstairs to see if a try has been scored. No try. Brumbies 5m scrum.


21.00: Better play from the Cheetahs see them working the ball into the Brumbies half.


23.00:  Jacques-Louis Potgieter manages to find some space in the Brumies defence. As the support comes they swing it wide but knock the ball on. The Cheetahs however get a penalty for offside.


 24.00:  Jacques-Louis Potgieter slots the penalty.


28.00: The Brumbies are awarded a penalty for “lazy running” so Stirling Mortlock takes the kick and slots it.  


31.00: The Cheetahs step up the pace a little. They catch the Brumbies offside so  Jacques-Louis Potgieter takes the kick and slots it.


32.00: Mark Chisholm comes off holding his arm.


34.00: Jongi Nokwe scores the Cheetahs first try after they create the overlap on the wing.


35.00: Jacques-Louis Potgieter adds the conversion.


37.00: The Cheetahs get another penalty so Jacques-Louis Potgieter  takes the kick but misses.


38.00: The Brumbies go on attack but Peter Kimlin knocks the ball on in the tackle.


39.00: Stirling Mortlock gives penalty away for an intentional knockdown. Jacques-Louis Potgieter takes the kick and misses. Half time.


The half time score was Cheetahs 13 Brumbies 13


The Second half is underway. Juan Smith has come on for the Cheetahs.


41.00: The Cheetahs get an almost perfect start as the Brumbies give away a penalty.


47.00: The Cheetahs think they have scored a try but they are called back for offside.


47.00: Mark Gerrard scores the Brumbies second try after showing some good soccer skills.


48.00: Stirling Mortlock takes the conversion and slots it.


50.00: The Brumbies attack again and swing it wide. They keep the alive and Peter Kimlin finds a hole and scores the Brumbies third try.


51.00: Stirling Mortlock converts the try.


56.00: The Brumbies get the bonus point try as Josh Holmes scores under the posts.


57.00: Stirling Mortlock again slots the conversion.


59.00: The Cheetahs are not finished yet. Danwel Demas rolls over in the tackle and scores the Cheetahs second try.


60.00: Jacques-Louis Potgieter slots the conversion.


61.00: George Smith gets a yellow card for obstructing a Cheetahs player on attack so he goes to the bin for 10 minutes.


69.00: A Brumbies player gets some attention on the field which holds the game up. Gene Fairbanks comes on for Christian Lealiifano.


72.00: Mark Gerrard tries for a drop goal and slots it.


74.00: Fabian Juries has a sniping run which looks as if a try is certain to be scored but drops the ball in the process.


78.00: The Brumbies get a penalty so Mark Gerrard takes the kick and slots it.


80.30: The siren goes for full time. The Cheetahs however have a free kick. They keep the ball alive and Wayne van Heerden runs in a consolation try.


81.00: Jacques-Louis Potgieter slots the conversion.


Full report to follow.  


The final score is Cheetahs 27 Brumbies 40



Tries -Jongi Nokwe,Danwel Demas,Wayne van Heerden
Penalties – Jacques-Louis Potgieter 2
Conversions -Jacques-Louis Potgieter 3
Drop Goals –

Tries -Christian Lealiifano, Mark Gerrard, Peter Kimlin, Josh Holmes  
Penalties -Stirling Mortlock 2
Conversions -Stirling Mortlock 4
Drop Goals -Christian Lealiifano,Mark Gerrard

Cards – Yellow (61) George Smith


Referee: Matt Goddard (Aus)
Ref. Ass.: Phillip Bosch (SA), Stephen Hill (Aus)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (SA)


Cheetahs : Hennie Daniller; Danwel Demas, Corne Uys, Meyer Bosman, Jongi Nokwe; Jacques-Louis Potgieter, Tewis de Bruyn; Hendro Scholtz, Juan Smith (capt.), Heinrich Br’ssow, David de Villiers, Wayne van Heerden, Bees Roux, Adriaan Strauss, Wian du Preez.

Replacements: Richardt Strauss, Kobus Calldo, Nico Breedt, Kabamba Floors, Sarel Pretorius, Piet van Zyl, Fabian Juries.

Brumbies : 1. Ben Alexander, 2. Stephen Moore,3. Guy Shepherdson, 4. Ben Hand, 5. Mark Chisholm, 6. Mitchell Chapman, 7. George Smith (c), 8. Julian Salvi,9. Joshua Holmes, 10. Christian Lealiifano, 11. Clyde Rathbone, 12. Tyrone Smith, 13. Stirling Mortlock, 14. Adam Ashley-Cooper, 15. Mark Gerrard

Reserves:16. Huia Edmonds, 17. Salesi Ma’afu, 18. Sitaleki Timani, 19. Peter Kimlin, 20. Patrick Phibbs, 21. Gene Fairbanks, 22. Alfi Mafi, 23. Francis Fainifo
** one to be omitted

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