Cheetahs get blown away by Hurricanes



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This was a live match report.





This game could easily be billed as the ‘Last chance saloon’! Both teams know they still have an outside chance of reaching the play-offs, but both teams know only one result will keep that hope alive – victory.

“It is an unbelievable competition,” Cheetahs team manager Naka Drotsk’ said.

“Obviously you have to stay positive, be confident and believe in your ability. But if you look at the standings – we are on 18 points and the team in fifth place [the Western Force] is on 25 points.

“So a lot can still happen.

“We know it’s going to be very tough to still make the semis, but we are still going to try and finish as high up as possible.


Match data


The Hurricanes got the first points of the match when Piri Weepu slotted a penalty for the ‘Canes.  


The Cheetahs hit back minutes later with another penalty when Willem de Waal kicked a penalty for the visitors.


In the 7th minute Chris Masoe dodged a tackle and scored the first try of the match. Weepu converted the try.


The Cheetahs came very close to scoring the next try but they knocked on when it mattered.


Ma’a Nonu then broke free from a tackle and passed the ball to Jerry Collins who was unmarked and scored the home team’s second try. This one was under the posts and Weepu converted.


The Cheetahs tackling is appaling. After 20 minutes they had missed 11 tackles and the hurricanes 0.


Jason Eaton scored the Hurricanes next try which was also under the posts. Weepu again converted.


Gavin Passens showed some pace and scored the Cheetahs first try just before half time. de Waal converted the try which gave the Cheetahs score a little dignity ahead of half time.


The half time score was Hurricanes 24 Cheetahs 10


Five minutes into the second half Ollie le Roux was replaced which makes one wonder why he came on for the second half.


The Hurricanes got the first points of the second half when Weepu slotted a penalty.


The Cheetahs put the ‘Canes line under pressure while Rodney So’oialo was in the bin and it paid off as Juan Smith scored a try for the Cheetahs. Meyer Bosman snuffed the conversion.


Piri Weepu fired back with a penalty for the Hurricanes.


Philip Burger came very close to scoring the Cheetahs third try but did not have control of the ball and was just short of the line.


The Hurricanes scored the bonus point try after the hooter as Hosea Gear ran almost the length of the field. Weepu converted the try and the final whistle.


Strangely the match seemed a lot closer the 37-15 but that’s the final score.


Report to follow.


Full time score Hurricanes 37 Cheetahs 15


Tries: Chris Masoe,Jerry Collins, Jason Eaton,Hosea Gear
Cons: Weepu (3)
Pens: Weepu (3)

Tries: Gavin Passens,  Juan Smith
Cons: de Waal
Pens: de Waal



Hurricanes: 15 Cory Jane, 14 Shannon Paku, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Piri Weepu, 9 Alby Mathewson; 8 Rodney So’oialo (c), 7 Chris Masoe, 6 Jerry Collins, 5 Jason Eaton, 4 Paul Tito, 3 Neemia Tialata, 2 Andrew Hore, 1 John Schwalger.
Replacements: 16 Mahonri Schwalger, 17 Anthony Perenise, 18 Brad Mika, 19 Luke Andrews, 20 Jimmy Gopperth, 21 David Smith, 22 Tana Umaga

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

Referee: Paul Marks (Australia)
Touch judges: James Scholtens (Australia), Brent Murray (New Zealand)
Television match official: Gary Wise (New Zealand)
Assessor: Stuart Beissel (New Zealand), Keith Hendricks (South Africa)

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