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Cheetahs snatch extra time victory from Stormers

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Cheetahs fly-half Burton Francis kicked an extra time penalty to snatch a 26-24 victory over the Stormers in Bloemfontein.

The result is the Cheetahs fifth consecutive victory this season and brings an end to a seven match losing streak to the Stormers in Super Rugby.

The historic result is the first time that the Cheetahs have ever won five matches in a row since they joined Super Rugby in 1996.

Man of the match Francis was the hero for the hosts on the day, contributing
16 points and kicking a penalty at the death to give the visitors their second
consecutive loss.

Both the Cheetahs and Stormers started out at a frantic pace, but fullback
Joe Pietersen’s penalty in the ninth minute calmed things down.

The hosts kept playing an attractive brand of rugby, with winger Willie le
Roux and scrumhalf Piet van Zyl giving the Cheetahs good go ahead ball.

The Stormers looked the better team in the line outs, with veteran Andries
Bekker – playing in his 100th Super Rugby game – a big thorn in the Cheetahs
side.

The Cheetahs scored the first try of the match in the 20th minute after good
attacking play was rounded of by centre Robert Ebersohn in the corner.

Francis converted to give the hosts a four point lead.

The Stormers finally got their first five pointer after centre Juan de Jongh
capitalised on a good break by hooker Deon Fourie. Replays suggested that Fourie
may have knocked on before De Jongh scored but the try was awarded anyway.

Fourie’s try inspired the Stormers to another good stanza of play and they
stretched their lead to eight points shortly before half time when De Jongh
scored his second of the evening. Pietersen converted just before the interval.

Francis kicked a penalty five minutes after the break, to bring the hosts within
five points.

Shortly thereafter replacement scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius charged down a kick
of Nic Groom and ran away to score in the corner and Francis converted.

Pietersen for the Stormers, then kicked a brace of penalties to give his side
the lead by four points. Francis answered in kind as the visitors lead was again
lessened to just one point.

The last 20 minutes resulted in some aerial ping pong, both the Cheetahs and
Stormers kicking away too much possession.

Francis kicked a lengthy drop goal in the 66th minute to have the lead change
hands once again, but the Cheetahs ill discipline meant that Pietersen kicked
another penalty five minutes from full time which put them into the lead.

It was then left to Francis to kick the winning penalty in the dying seconds
to complete a memorable victory.

Final Score Cheetahs 26 (7) Stormers 24 (15)

Scorers

Cheetahs
Tries – R.Ebersohn, S.Pretorius
Pen – B.Francis 3
Con – B.Francis 2
Drop – B.Francis
Cards –

Stormers
Tries – J.De Jongh 2
Pen – J.Pietersen 5
Con – J.Pietersen
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee:
Stuart Berry
Assistant Ref 1:Sindile Mayende
Assistant Ref 2:Francois de Bruin
TMO : Gerrie Coetzee

Teams

Cheetahs

Trevor Nyakane,Adriaan Strauss (captain), Lourens Adriaanse, Lodewyk de Jager, Francois Uys, Heinrich Brussow, Lappies Labuschagne, Phillip van der Walt,Piet van Zyl, Burton Francis, Raymond Rhule, Robert Ebersohn,Johan Sadie, Willie le Roux, Hennie Daniller

Replacements: Ryno Barnes, Coenie Oosthuisen, Landman Ligtoring, Boom Prinsloo, Sarel Pretorius, Brummer Francois, Ryno Benjamin.

Stormers

15. Jaco Taute , 14. Joe Pietersen , 13. Juan de Jongh , 12. Jean de Villiers (captain) , 11. Gio Aplon , 10. Elton Jantjies , 9. Nic Groom , 8. Duane Vermeulen (vice-captain) , 7. Michael Rhodes , 6. Siya Kolisi , 5. Andries Bekker , 4. De Kock Steenkamp , 3. Frans Malherbe , 2. Deon Fourie , 1. Steven Kitshoff

Replacements : 16. Martin Bezuidenhout , 17. Pat Cilliers , 18. Gerbrandt Grobler , 19. Nizaam Carr , 20. Louis Schreuder , 21. Gary van Aswegen , 22. Damian de Allende.v

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