Brave Cheetahs lose to Blues
Auckland - Flyhalf Simon Hickey kicked 20 points as the Blues secured a 40-30 (half-time 30-16) bonus point victory over the Cheetahs in their Super Rugby clash at Eden Park on Saturday.AS IT HAPPENED: Blues v Cheetahs
Steven Luatua, George Moala, Tevita Li and Tony Woodcock all crossed for the Blues, who notched 17 unanswered first half points when Cheetahs flank Boom Prinsloo was sin-binned by referee Francisco Pastrana.
The Argentine official bemused with several other decisions, most notably when he ignored his television match official's advice not to award Moala's try after a double movement.
Cheetahs flyhalf Johan Goosen converted Prinsloo's early try and slotted two penalties before he suffered an arm injury in a tackle.
Elgar Watts took over the goalkicking and added a penalty and converted both Cornal Hendricks and Hennie Denniler's second half tries as the Cheetahs continued to attack from all corners but ended their tour of Australia and New Zealand winless. Scorers:
Tries: Stephen Luatua, George Moala, Tevita Li, Tony Woodcock
Conversions: Simon Hickey (4)
Penalties: Hickey (4)
Tries: Boom Prinsloo, Cornal Hendricks, Hennie Daniller
Conversions: Johan Goosen, Elgar Watts (2)
Penalties: Johan Goosen (2), Watts
15 Charles Piutau, 14 Frank Halai, 13 George Moala, 12 Jackson Willison, 11 Tevita Li, 10 Simon Hickey, 9 Piri Weepu, 8 Peter Saili, 7 Luke Braid (captain), 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Tom Donnelly, 4 Liaki Moli, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 James Parsons, 1 Tony Woodcock
Substitutes: 16 Tom McCartney, 17 Angus Ta'avao, 18 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 19 Jerome Kaino, 20 Hayden Triggs, 21 Bryn Hall, 22 Ma'a Nonu, 23 Benji MarshallCheetahs
15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Rayno Benjamin, 11 Hennie Daniller, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Jean Cook, 6 Boom Prinsloo, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lodewyk de Jager, 3 Maks van Dyk, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Caylib Oosthuizen
Substitutes: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Rossouw de Klerk, 19 Andries Ferreira, 20 Lappies Labuschagné, 21 Shaun Venter, 22 Elgar Watts, 23 Howard Mnisi