Cheetahs end tour on high note
Cape Town - The Cheetahs ended their Australasian Super Rugby tour with a hard-fought 24-15 win over the Western Force in Perth on Saturday.
The men from Bloemfontein trailed 10-8 at the break and looked up against it when the Force scored early in the second half for a 15-8 lead.
But Francois Uys’s charges came roaring back with 16 unanswered points to return to South Africa with renewed hope for the remainder of the season.
The Cheetahs started their tour with a 57-14 loss to the Crusaders in Christchurch, before going down to the Chiefs (37-27, Hamilton) and Brumbies (20-3, Canberra).
In next weekend’s action, the Cheetahs return home to host the Reds in Bloemfontein, while the Force tackle the Stormers in Perth.
Tries: Luke Morahan, Chris Alcock
Conversions: Sias Ebersohn
Tries: Raymond Rhule, Heinrich Brussow
Conversion: Joe Pietersen
Penalties: Pietersen (3)
Drop goal: Pietersen
15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Luke Morahan, 13 Kyle Godwin, 12 Luke Burton, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Kane Koteka, 6 Steve Mafi, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Sam Wykes (captain), 3 Tetera Faulkner, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Pekahou Cowan.
Substitutes: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Chris Heiberg, 18 Oliver Hoskins, 19 Angus Cottrell, 20 Chris Alcock, 21 Ian Prior, 22 Zack Holmes, 23 Marcel Brache
15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Joe Pietersen, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Boom Prinsloo, 6 Heinrich Brussow, 5 Francois Uys (captain), 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 BG Uys
Substitutes: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Danie Minnie, 18 Maks van Dyk, 19 Steven Sykes, 20 Tienie Burger, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Willie du Plessis, 23 Rayno Benjamin