Cheetahs show their claws

2011-03-19 12:42

Sydney - The Cheetahs stunned the Waratahs 23-3 on Saturday to win their first match outside South Africa in more than five years of Super rugby.

The Bloemfontein-based Cheetahs, winless and bottom of the standings before the match, sealed the sensational upset through second-half tries from Phillip Snyman and Sarel Pretorius.

It was magnificent defence and dominance of the breakdown that laid the groundwork for the win, however, blunting the Waratahs' much-vaunted attack and disrupting any momentum the home side generated.

"We're absolutely delighted, the guys knew it would take a special effort to get our first win overseas," said Cheetahs lock Wilhelm Steenkamp.

"We spent a lot of time analysing their game and we got the result of it."

Already without regular skipper Phil Waugh and hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau, the Waratahs lost Wallaby prop Benn Robinson and returning number eight Wycliff Palu in the first half.

Poor handling in greasy conditions, a malfunctioning line-out and a bloodless effort at the breakdown added to their woes and they were booed off the pitch after what was a humiliating reverse for a team with title ambitions.

"We just didn't perform basically, it's disappointing obviously," said stand-in Waratahs captain Dean Mumm.

"All credit to their defence, they didn't allow us to play the way we wanted to. They fronted up very well and we didn't respond."

Centre Sias Ebersohn kicked two penalties to one from Wallaby fullback Kurtley Beale to give the Cheetahs a 6-3 halftime lead and he added another five minutes into the second half to extend the advantage.

The Waratahs still looked to have plenty of time to get back into the game, however, when flyhalf Berrick Barnes kicked the ball across the field towards winger Drew Mitchell in the 58th minute.

The ball was intercepted by Cheetahs fullback Frans Viljoen who flicked the ball to Pretorius and the scrumhalf set off down the touchline before feeding Snyman who outpaced the cover defence to touch down, Ebersohn adding the extra two points.

Again, the Waratahs tried to rally but the mistakes continued and their hopes had all but vanished when scrumhalf Pretorius reached through a pile of bodies to secure the victory two minutes before the whistle.

"We can be very proud of how we played, we fought until the end," said Springbok openside flanker Heinrich Brussow, who had an outstanding match in his first start since returning from a year out injured.


Waratahs - Penalty: Kurtley Beale.

Cheetahs - Tries: Phillip Snyman, Sorel Pretorious. Conversions: Sias Ebersohn (2). Penalties: Ebersohn (3).

Referee: Chris Pollock (NZL)


15. Kurtley Beale, 14. Afa Pakalani, 13. Lachlan Turner, 12. Tom Carter, 11. Drew Mitchell, 10. Berrick Barnes, 9. Luke Burgess, 8. Wycliff Palu, 7. Pat McCutcheon, 6. Ben Mowen, 5. Kane Douglas, 4. Dean Mumm (captain), 3. Al Baxter, 2. John Ulugia, 1. Benn Robinson

Substitutes: 16. Damien Fitzpatrick, 17. Sekope Kepu, 18. Sitaleki Timani, 19. Dave Dennis, 20. Brendan McKibbin, 21. Daniel Halangahu, 22. Ryan Cross

15. Riaan Viljoen, 14. Phillip Snyman, 13. Robert  Ebersohn, 12. Andries Strauss (captain), 11. Fabian Juries, 10. Sias Ebersohn, 9. Tewis de Bruyn, 8. Ashley Johnson, 7. Phillip van der Walt, 6. Heinrich Brussow, 5. Wilhelm Steenkamp, 4. Martin Muller, 3. WP Nel, 2. Ryno Barnes, 1. Coenie  Oosthuizen

Substitutes: 16. Skipper Badenhorst, 17. Lourens Adriaanse, 18. Frans Viljoen, 19. Kabamba Floors, 20. Francois Uys, 21. Sarel Pretorius, 22. Naas Olivier


  • sbhennops - 2011-03-19 12:50

    Congratulations for a deserving win by the Cheetahs. Good luck for the rest of the super 15 :)

  • omgwtfnews - 2011-03-19 12:53

    haha hahahahahaha hahahahahahahahaha!!!

      Samuisun - 2011-03-19 13:19

      There always has to be one.....

  • Wow! - 2011-03-19 12:56

    Thats my team!!!!!!. Well done guys. I knew that we start winning one of these days.

  • RJ - 2011-03-19 12:59


      Skiballas - 2011-03-19 13:02

      as was your conception....

      Roger 01 - 2011-03-19 14:06

      Yeah, and look at the result !

  • SST - 2011-03-19 13:06

    Brilliantly played by The Cheetahs. Well done and good to see the Tahs see their ...........

  • Nico - 2011-03-19 13:08

    Well done Cheetahs, surely the upset of the year so far!

      RJ - 2011-03-19 14:36

      you have to be joking

  • lourensv1 - 2011-03-19 13:10

    Excellent Cheetahs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • saburger - 2011-03-19 13:16

    Well done Cheetahs!! The forwards were terrific, especially the loose forwards (Brussow jou doring) and locks. Good luck and show the kangaroos and their neighbours how good our boertjies play the game!

      RJ - 2011-03-19 14:37


  • sdsmurf - 2011-03-19 13:21

    Fantastic, well done Cheetahs!!!

  • Marius Rossouw - 2011-03-19 13:46

    Brussow is back! That is the difference.

      ChumScrubber - 2011-03-19 14:46

      Amazing the effect of one man on a game, though the whole team deserves a compliment. If only they still had Juan. This is a team that generally underperforms like the Lions, I hope they both keep it up - it will help the whole SA cause. Must admit, they need to change the ball that is being used, I've never seen as many knock on's as this and the Sharks game, it spoils the games as a contest. Surely the clever okes can make a ball that is less slippery in wet conditions, I don't ever remember it being this bad!

  • sessisie - 2011-03-19 13:57

    You were the better team. You can win!

  • Roger 01 - 2011-03-19 14:08

    Damn, I'm worried! We gonna play shithot and then comes the RWC. Well done Cheetahs.

      RJ - 2011-03-19 14:36

      Your point is???

  • GJB - 2011-03-19 14:48

    I grew up in Bloemfontein, now stay in Cape Town, but far away from RSA now. My heart will always be with the Cheetahs. Good work, but, and not the backside(+t), one win does not cut it. Identify the weaknesses, eliminate it and start doing the right thing. For as long as I can remember, always a case of getting near the top, just not good enough.

  • AgPseDaddy - 2011-03-19 16:01

    well done ! this is the start....not the end?

  • The Dutchman - 2011-03-19 16:27

    We really need to look at the Editor of these stories... Was the Sport24 team still in shock when writing this article? Centre Sias Ebersohn???? Really? Could have sworn he has the number 10 on his back, and then Fullback Frans Viljoen?? Once again could swear that there is a differnece between the numbers 18 and 15?? But other than that all I can say is VVVVRRRRRRRYYYYYSSSSSTAAAAAAAAAAAAATTTTT!!!

  • crocowild - 2011-03-19 17:33

    After Brussouw s first game i put him in the choice Bok side of the week chosen by me.Seems that i was spot on.There is no other number 6 like Brussouw.I always maintained that Schalk Burger s best position is number 7.He and Juan can share that spot.Kabamba Floors will be the other nr 6.My nr 8 s will be Dries Alberts and Kankowsky.With that of my heart congratulations to the Cheetahs on a famous victory.Hope there will be a lot more this season from a Cheetah friend and great Stormers supporter.

  • Tony - 2011-03-19 20:54

    @ Otello You mean there are actually people in your pool that predicted a Chetahs win?!? My wife knows nothing about S15 but picked the Cheetahs 'cause she likes cats....I suspect a lot of the 4.62% of the folk that picked the result did so on a similar basis

  • Paul Smith - 2011-03-19 22:12

    love it >>>:> love watching Aussies go down . Well done Cheethas

  • Sep - 2011-03-20 09:06

    mooi so my cheetahs

  • red - 2011-03-20 11:45

    well done Cheetahs... The only difference between them against the Waratahs , and their previous games , was that they did not give away penalties ( Coenie Oosthuizen). He is soo frustrating to watch because of his endless infringements. If i were Naka , i would put in a penalty system in place , every time you make a stupid penalty , you lose 20% of your match fee. some of the penaltys are brainless !! I bet if you do a 5 game analysis , you will find they lost because of silly penaltys. There were some lazy runners in the team (no11). Team needs to work on their fitness. They need to attack everything and move together on the field , just like the Crusaders/Blues.

  • Theo - 2011-03-21 08:25

    Dis my SPAN daaaaai !!!!

  • Morries van Zyl - 2011-03-21 16:19

    Go Cheetahs! At least one big scalp per season, no for consistency!

  • Morries van Zyl - 2011-03-21 16:20

    Go Cheetahs. At least one big scalp per season, no for consistency!

  • Morries van Zyl - 2011-03-21 16:20

    Go Cheetahs. At least one big scalp per season, now for consistency!

  • Hannes van der Linde - 2011-03-22 09:02


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