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Cheetahs blow Bulls away and end on a high

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The Cheetahs earned their first Super Rugby victory over the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld by beating the Bulls 29-42 with a bonus point in Pretoria.

The result is the first time that the Cheetahs have scored more than 24 points in Pretoria and their first victory over the Bulls in the city and their second over the Bulls in Super Rugby.

The Cheetahs outscored the Bulls by six tries to four in the contest and is
the Cheetahs first victory under new coach Franco Smith.

The final round match in the regular southern hemisphere championship season
had an end-of-campaign feel to it with neither South African team in contention
for a top-six finish and a play-offs place.

Underdogs Cheetahs recovered from conceding an early try by running in four
tries of their own before half-time.

In the second try by Bulls skipper and No. 8 Pierre Spies narrowed the gap
to 11 points with 10 minutes to play before a small crowd in chilly early winter
conditions.

But any hopes of a dramatic come-from-behind victory for the hosts were dashed
just three minutes later.

Replacement Oupa Mohoje, a Springbok loose forward who came off the bench for
his first appearance after a long injury absence, burst down the middle.

The momentum was continued by several other Cheetahs in a side prepared to
run from any position and centre Rayno Benjamin scored in the corner.

Fly-half Niel Marais added the extra points for a perfect six-from-six conversions
record in only his second start for the Bloemfontein outfit.

Cheetahs other try-scorers were No. 8 Niell Jordaan, flanker Henco Venter,
winger Clayton Blommetjies, scrum-half Sarel Pretorius and replacement lock
Steven Sykes.

Diminutive Pretorius, who is moving to Welsh side Newport Dragons, gave another
outstanding performance full of sniping runs and clever passes.

Japan-bound winger Francois Hougaard scored two tries for the Bulls and full-back
Jesse Kriel and Spies one each.

Fly-half Jacques-Louis Potgieter slotted one conversion and one penalty and
his replacement, Tian Schoeman, kicked two conversions for the three-time champions.

The Bulls finished a disappointing ninth after seven victories and nine defeats
while Cheetahs ended 12th with five wins and 11 losses.

Final Score’Bulls 29 (10) Cheetahs 42 (28)

Scorers

Bulls’
Tries – J.Kriel, F.Hougaard 2, P.Spies
Pen – J.Potgieter
Con – J.Potgieter,’T.Schoeman 2
Drop -‘
Cards –

Cheetahs
Tries – N.Jordaan, H.Venter,’C. Blommetjies, S.Pretorius, S.Sykes, R.Benjamin
Pen -‘
Con -‘N.Marais 6
Drop -‘
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Craig Joubert
Assistant Ref 1:Jason Jaftha
Assistant Ref 2:Ben Crouse
TMO‘:Willie Vos

Teams

Bulls

Jesse Kriel, Francois Hougaard, JJ Engelbrecht, Burger Odendaal, Travis Ismaiel, Jacques-Louis Potgieter, Rudy Paige , Pierre Spies ( c), Jacques du Plessis, Arno Botha, Grant Hattingh, Flip van der Merwe, Marcel van der Merwe, Adriaan Strauss, Morne Mellett.

Replacements: Callie Visagie, Trevor Nyakane, Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, Roelof Smit, Bjorn Basson, Tian Schoeman, Jurgen Visser, Werner Kruger.

Cheetahs

1 . BG Uys, 2. Torsten van Jaarsveld, 3. Maks van Dyk, 4. Carl Wegner, 5 Francois Uys ( c ), 6. Boom Prinsloo, 7. Henco Venter, 8. Niell Jordaan, 9. Sarel Pretorius ( vc ), 10. Niel Marais, 11. Sergeal Petersen, 12. Ryno Benjamin, 13. Francois Venter, 14. Clayton Blommetjies, 15. Willie le Roux

Replacements : 16. Elandre Huggett, 17. Danie Mienie, 18. Ewald vd Westhuizen, 19. Steven Sykes, 20. Gerhard Olivier, 21. Oupa Mohoje, 22. Renier Botha, 23. Coenie van Wyk

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