Super Rugby

Sharks beat the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein




The Cheetahs return from Argentina and host the Sharks in Bloemfontein on Saturday for the 17th clash between the Super Rugby sides.

The Sharks must win after the Lions’ result in Port Elizabeth. They’ve won eight of their last 11 games against the Cheetahs, including each of their last two in which they’ve conceded just 20 points combined but, it will be a test today in Bloemfontein.

The Cheetahs have made 11 changes with a new look front row. Wholesale changes are generally frowned upon in sport but, after the cheetahs’ poor start to this season, it could be a masterstroke.

The teams are out in the city of roses.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick-off.

BEEP! Jaco Peyper is the man in the middle and he blows to start this derby.

1.00: The Sharks, like the Stormers earlier, are playing in their change strip which is white with shades of black. Cheetahs have the ball inside the Sharks’ half but, they lose it and the visitors counter.

3.00: The hosts attack from deep but, both sides knock on and the Cheetahs will have the put in.

5.00: The home team have a double advantage, for not rolling and offsides, Fred Zeilinga will take a shot at goal.

6.00: It’s good from the former Glenwood pupil.

8.00: Cries of “Beast!” ring around the ground as the prop has two good carries. After a few phases, the Sharks go wide.

TRY Lwazi Mvovo! The winger goes over for his 30th Super rugby try. He took the ball to the advantage line and threw a dummy, sending the defenders the wrong direction, and scores.

9.00: Bosch adds the touchline conversion.

12.00: Scrum penalty to the hosts for illegal scrumming.

14.00: Some kicking for territory comes to an end with a cheetahs’ line-out.

16.00: Bosch lines up a penalty. He’s nine from nine this season, make that a perfect 10.

18.00: Sharks are on the defensive and, they turn it over; scrum to the visitors. Great work by Chiliboy at the ruck.

20.00: Cheetahs’line-out near the halfway.

21.00: Clayton Blommetjies puts in a good kick behind the Sharks’ rush D and the ball is in touch.

22.00: Lukhanyo Am almost gets through but, the referee is playing advantage to the Sharks for an offside by Henco Venter. Bosch kicks to the corner and it is 5 metres out.

23.00: The Sharks lose the ball in touch but, get another penalty. Line-out number 2.

24.00: YELLOW CARD! The Sharks on the ball on in the maul and scuffle breaks out. Peyper calls for the captains. Oupa Mahoje takes Cobus Reinach around the neck and is sent to the bin.

26.00: TRY Kobus van Wyk! The visitors go 11 phases and, eventually, send the ball wide and, it’s Etienne Oosthuizen, to the winger, who dots down unscathed, in the corner.

27.00: Bosch misses from wide, the ball just pulling left.

28.00: TRY Francois Venter! The skipper picks up from the ruck, looks left and right, notices there is no pillar defence and, runs through the space to score. Zeilinga can’t miss from there.

31.00: The Sharks lose the ball forward in good attacking field position. Scrum to the Cheetahs, just outside their 22.

34.00: Yellow card! The referee sends Coenie Oosthuizen into the sin-bin. Zeilinga will take a shot from in front, 45 metres out.

35.00: It’s good.

38.00: Some aerial ping-pong and Bosch kicks it out, just too long and, Cheetahs’ ball on the visitors 22. Jacques Vermeulen leaves the field for Lourens Adriaanse for the scrum.

40.00: TRY JW Jonker! Jonker runs over Clement Poitrenaud after the Cheetahs go wide from the scrum. Venter passed to Raymond Rhule, who had joined play from his left wing and, took out two defenders to sent the right winger over.

41.00: Zeilinga is spot-on with the touch-line conversion.

How are the sharks losing this?

The halftime score was Cheetahs 20 sharks 15

BEEP! Jaco Peyper restarts the game.

43.00: Cheetahs go close but, some excellent work in defence by the visitors see them off.

44.00: PENALTY! Zeilinga increases the hosts’ lead with a kick from 40 metres.

46.00: TRY Van Wyk! Garth April makes the initial break. Zeilinga rips the ball out but, Van Wyk picks it up and runs in unchallenged from inside the Cheetahs’ 22.

47.00: Bosch adds the simple conversion; it’s a one point ball game.

50.00: The Cheetahs attacking deep inside the Sharks’ half. However, the visitors win the turnover and they mount a counter-attack.

52.00: The changes are being made by the Sharks; Michael Claassens is on for Reinach and Daniel du Preez is on for Jacques Vermeulen. Stephan Lewies is on for Ruan Botha.

54.00: Cheetahs have a line-out on the Sharks’ 10; they set up a drive.

56.00: The Sharks are battling at the breakdown and, win another penalty. Bosch opts for posts from 47 metres.

57.00: PENALTY! It’s good and that’s 11 in a row now for the 19-year-old. The visitors lead, again.

58.00: Penalty against Free State, Charles Marais warned for a high tackle. Sharks want a scrum.

60.00: Sharks lose the ball, regather and are done for accidental offside; scrum to the Cheetahs.

63.00: Home team are on the front foot and have a penalty advantage.

64.00: Clayton Blommetjies loses the ball on the visitors’ 5. They’re knocking on the door.

66.00: Clayton Blommetjies again. This time he steps out and gifts the Sharks an attacking line-out deep inside the Cheetahs’ 22.

67.00: TRY Daniel du Preez! The Sharks maul the Cheetahs backwards and the replacement stands up with the ball. Bosch from the touchline…

68.00: Bosch makes no mistake and the visitors now lead by nine.

70.00: PENALTY! The Sharks scrum give their flyhalf a chance to extend their lead to 12 points with a long-range kick.

71.00: Curwin Bosch just doesn’t miss.

74.00: Another scrum penalty to the Sharks. Bosch can make it a three-score game.

75.00: He does, that should do it for the visitors. The lead is now 15.

77.00: The Cheetahs have an attacking line-out inside the visitors’ territory; it’s now or never.

78.00: Oh dear, Clayton Blommetjies with another unforced error, this time he kicks a penalty out, over the dead ball and the Sharks will take over.

80.00: The Sharks are winding down the clock. But the home team will have one last attack.

80.00: TRY Raymond Rhule! The kick is taken quickly but the game is over. Although the Sharks keep giving penalties away, the Cheetahs can’t win, only claim a bonus-point.

81.00: YELLOW CARD! Etienne Oosthuizen is sent to the sidelines but, the sharks hold on.

BEEP, BEEP! Game over.

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The final score after 80 minutes is Cheetahs 30 (20) Sharks 38 (15)


Tries – Venter, Jonker
Pen – Zeilinga (3)
Con – Zeilinga (3)
Drop –
Cards – Yellow (Mahoje, 24th minute)

Tries – Mvovo, Van Wyk (2), Daniel du Preez
Pen – Bosch (4)
Con – Bosch (3)
Drop –
Cards – Yellow (Connie Oosthuizen, 35th minute), Yellow (Etienne Oosthuizen, 81st minute)

Match Officials
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1: Jaco van Heerden
Assistant Ref 2: Lourens van der Merwe
TMO: Johan Greeff



15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 JW Jonker, 13 Francois Venter (captain), 12 Nico Lee, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Henco Venter, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Justin Basson, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Retshegofaditswe Nche

Replacements: 16 Elandré Huggett, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Tom Botha, 19 Carl Wegner, 20 Niell Jordaan, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Niel Marais, 23 Ryno Benjamin/Clinton Swart


15 Clement Poitrenaud, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Tera Mtembu (captain), 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Jacques Vermeulen, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Thomas du Toit, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Stephan Lewies, 20 Daniel du Preez, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Jeremy Ward, 23 Garth April

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