Bloemfontein - The Sharks lost their first Super Rugby game in Bloemfontein since
2009 as the Cheetahs ran out 27-20 winners in a derby clash at the Free
State Stadium in Bloemfontein on Saturday evening.
As it happened: Cheetahs v Sharks
of their place at the top of the South African conference, the Sharks
would have been left disappointed as the Cheetahs produced a rounded
performance to thwart their visitors.
The Sharks started at a
ferocious pace, putting the Cheetahs under heavy pressure from the
start, but it was the hosts that got the first points on the scoreboard.
Springbok flyhalf Johan Goosen kicked a penalty as early as the second minute to give his side the early lead.
That gave the Cheetahs valuable momentum which they used to pin the Sharks down in their own half.
resulted in the first try of the evening for the hosts, when the
Cheetahs put together a driving maul, allowing flanker Torsten van
Jaarsveld to dive over for the five-pointer.
Goosen converted to give the Cheetahs a ten point lead.
The Sharks regrouped and launched numerous attacks that forced the Cheetahs to infringe.
Sharks flyhalf Tim Sweil kicked his first penalty of the evening in the 19th minute after missing an earlier attempt.
thereafter the Cheetahs were left to ponder their defensive structures
after Sharks scrumhalf Cobus Reinach broke away from a lineout and beat a
number of Cheetahs defenders to score his seventh try of the season.
Sweil converted to draw the scores level at 10-10.
Sweil was again called to kick a further penalty to give the Sharks the lead for the first time in the game.
Cheetahs kept attacking, however, and soon eighthman Philip van der
Walt dotted down in the 33rd minute to regain the lead for the hosts.
Goosen kicked the conversion, leaving the Sharks four points behind at half-time.
hard-fought contest at the break down area continued in the second
half, with both the Cheetahs and Sharks conceding penalties as the
result of heavy pressure.
The hosts made the better of the
possession and Springbok lock Lood de Jager crashed over for a try,
which Goosen converted to stretch the lead to 11 points.
Sharks tried their best to make up the deficit, but the Cheetahs kept
building momentum and soon resulted in more points as Goosen kicked his
second penalty of the evening to leave the Sharks trailing by two
The Sharks lost momentum as a result of poor
handling errors or penalties, but finally scored their second try of the
evening after replacement hooker Bismarck du Plessis burst over and
Cheetahs - Tries: Torsten Van Jaarsveld, Philip van der Walt, Lood de Jager; Conversions: Johan Goosen (3); Penalties: Goosen (2)
Sharks - Tries: Cobus Reinach, Bismark du Plessis; Conversions: Tim Swiel (2); Penalties: Swiel (2)
15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Ryno Benjamin, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lodewyk de Jager, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Trevor Nyakane
Substitutes: 16 Caylib Oosthuizen, 17 Luan de Bruin, 18 Carl Wegner, 19 Jean Cook, 20 Henco Venter, 21 Shaun Venter, 22 Elgar Watts, 23 Hennie Daniller.
15 SP Marais, 14 Sibusiso Sithole, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Tim Swiel, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Tera Mtembu, 7 Jean Deysel (captain), 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Anton Bresler, 4 Stephan Lewies, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Kyle Cooper, 1 Dale Chadwick
Substitutes: 16 Thomas du Toit, 17 Bismarck du Plessis, 18 Jannie du Plessis, 19 Ettienne Oosthuizen, 20 Willem Alberts, 21 Charl McLeod, 22 Odwa Ndungane, 23 Tonderai Chavhanga