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As it happened: Cheetahs v Sharks

2014-07-05 21:00
Last Updated at 19:43

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Metres run: Cheetahs 318-552 Sharks
Carries: Cheetahs 71-119 Sharks
Defenders beaten: Cheetahs 12-29 Sharks
Clean breaks: Cheetahs 3-3 Sharks
Tackles made: Cheetahs 98-56 Sharks
Tackles missed: Cheetahs 30-12 Sharks
Turnovers won: Cheetahs 9-8 Sharks
Kicks in play: Cheetahs 33-36 Sharks
Rucks won: Cheetahs 42-68 Sharks
Rucks lost: Cheetahs 4-5 Sharks
Mauls won: Cheetahs 3-5 Sharks
Lineouts won: Cheetahs 16-13 Sharks
Lineouts lost: Cheetahs 3-3 Sharks
Scrums won: Cheetahs 4-7 Sharks
Scrums lost: Cheetahs 1-0 Sharks
Penalties: Cheetahs 18-9 Sharks


Cheetahs No 8 Philip van der Walt received the player award... (Gallo Images)

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In next week's action, the Cheetahs travel to Johannesburg to face the Lions, while the Sharks will tackle the Stormers in Cape Town.

FULL-TIME: Cheetahs 27-20 Sharks

The Cheetahs have held on for a famous win!

The Sharks will be fuming though as the referee, Rohan Hoffmann, inexplicably decided that the penalty advantage the Sharks had at the end there was over...

But the Sharks left things too late and this loss will put a major dent in their title aspirations! They will in all likelihood now have to travel for a semi-final and possible final...

80'- NO TRY!

The TMO correctly rules that Chavhanga was in touch before he could dot down. What a tackle from Rayno Benjamin.


Sharks replacement wing Tonderai Chavhanga goes close in the corner. TMO  to decide.

The referee also says the Sharks advantage is over...

80'- The Sharks dismantle the Cheetahs scrum and get another penalty.

Goosen is also sent off with a YELLOW CARD for kicking the ball away. Silly from the Cheetahs flyhalf there!

79'- Penalty to the Sharks right under the posts. They opt for a scrum. The Cheetahs will do well to stop them here...

78'- Another scrum penalty to the Sharks. They set up an attacking lineout in the red zone. here's their chance...

77'- The Cheetahs opt for a driving maul following a lineout just inside the Sharks half, but they lose it. Scrum to the Sharks.

75'- And we have a game folks, with five minutes remaining!

75'- CONVERSION slotted by Swiel.

Cheetahs 27-20 Sharks

74'- TRY to the Sharks!

Bismarck du Plessis barges over for the Sharks after a dominant driving maul from the lineout.

73' - A Sharks penalty at scrum time just inside the Cheetahs half. They set up another lineout. Can they convert this time round?

72'- A promising break from Swiel but Frans Steyn can't handle his pass and drops it on halfway...


Oupa Mohoje brilliant again at lineout time for Cheetahs, off both sides' throw-ins. V strong department for him - Rob Houwing

70'- Cheetahs sub: Venter on at scrumhalf for Pretorius.

68'- The Sharks butcher another attacking chance inside the Cheetahs 22 when Bismarck fails to find his jumper...

Sharks fans must be pulling their hair out. That's if they're still watching!

67'- Le Roux spotted walking off a little gingerly. Lets hope he hasn't injured himself too badly...

67'- Cheetahs sub: Hennie Daniller replaces Willie le Roux.

66'- Sharks sub: No 8 Mtembu off, replaced by Oosthuizen.


Sharks really need to get pick & goes going! Going wide too early, without earning the right! - Ken Borland

64'- Oh dear, Jean Deysel knocks it five metres out after the Sharks take a quick tap following a penalty. The Sharks just not sharp here tonight.

62'- Sharks sub: McLeod on at scrumhalf for Reinach.

Reinach was one of the few shining lights tonight for the Durbanites.

62'- Cheetahs backline caught off-side just inside their own half. The Sharks opt for a lineout. No use kicking for posts now...


Cheetahs scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius, as always, proving a menace for defenders... (Gallo Images)

57'- A promising backline move by the Sharks inside the Cheetahs 22 ends when Sithole knocks it on out wide... Things just not going the Sharks' way tonight.

55'- PENALTY slotted by Goosen.

Cheetahs 27-13 Sharks

54'- Cheetahs back inside the red zone after a bustling run from Lood de Jager. They win a penalty in front after the Sharks are caught off-side.

Goosen to line up...

53'- Bismarck du Plessis is also on now for the Sharks, with Cooper off. I assume he will now take over the captaincy from Deysel.

52'- A vital penalty won on the ground by the Cheetahs - five metres from their own line. Not the Sharks night?

51'- A Sharks penalty after a very late tackle by Goosen on Swiel. That was cynical...

It allows the Sharks to set up an attacking lineout on the Cheetahs 22m line.

51' - Caylib Oosthuizen also on at prop for the Cheetahs, with Nyakane off.

50' - Sharks prop subs: Du Toit on for Chadwick and Jannie du Plessis on for Adriaanse.

49'- CONVERSION by Goosen.

Cheetahs 24-13 Sharks

48'- TRY to the Cheetahs!

After a concerted period of attack, Lood de Jager barges over for the Cheetahs.

47'- Cheetahs back on the attack inside the Sharks 22m area... They also have a penalty advantage.

45'- Subs made: Alberts on for Bresler (Sharks) and Cook on for Van Jaarsveld (Cheetahs)

42'- Strong defence from the Cheetahs forces the Sharks on the back foot...

41'- First penalty of the half goes to the Sharks. Hands in the ruck by the Cheetahs. The Sharks set up an attacking lineout inside the Cheetahs 22...

20:05 - Welcome back for the second half! Tim Swiel starts play. He seriously needs to start tackling in the second half, or else...


Tim Swiel is lucky he's not had to go into Nick Mallett's dressing room! Might have learnt some strong new words! - Dan Retief


Metres run: Cheetahs 186-304 Sharks
Carries: Cheetahs 40-70 Sharks
Defenders beaten: Cheetahs 5-18 Sharks
Clean breaks: Cheetahs 2-2 Sharks
Tackles made: Cheetahs 52-28 Sharks
Tackles missed: Cheetahs 18-5 Sharks
Turnovers won: Cheetahs 3-3 Sharks
Kicks in play: Cheetahs 17-19 Sharks
Rucks won: Cheetahs 22-41 Sharks
Rucks lost: Cheetahs 3-3 Sharks
Mauls won: Cheetahs 3-1 Sharks
Lineouts won: Cheetahs 9-7 Sharks
Lineouts lost: Cheetahs 2-0 Sharks
Scrums won: Cheetahs 1-1 Sharks
Scrums lost: Cheetahs 0-0 Sharks
Penalties: Cheetahs 7-5 Sharks

HALF-TIME: Cheetahs 17-13 Sharks

40'- Oupa Mohoje wins a penalty on the ground to bring relief for the Cheetahs. Goosen then inexplicably does not kick it out, but luckily for him, Mvovo decides to just boot out and end the half...

40'- One last attacking chance to the Sharks as the half-time siren sounds...


I struggle to see the Sharks win the Super Rugby with so much mistakes in their last three games - Rugga World

38'- A scrum penalty to the Sharks right on their own line brings relief for the visitors...

36'- Another promising driving maul by the Cheetahs, but accidental off-side halts their charge five metres out...

34'- Another kickable penalty to the Cheetahs after one of their players is taken out in the air at lineout time. It's just inside the Sharks half, but they opt for a lineout...

33'- CONVERSION by Goosen.

Cheetahs 17-13 Sharks

32'- TRY to the Cheetahs!

After a concerted period of attack, Cheetahs No 8 Philip van der Walt barges over under the posts.

31'- Cheetahs hot on the attack after another promising driving maul from a lineout...


Cheetahs and Springbok lock Lood de Jager on the charge... (Gallo Images)

28'- The Sharks again threaten inside the Cheetahs 22m area, but a loose pass from Lewies brings relief for the hosts.

But the Sharks have now found their groove it seems, after an indifferent start.

26'- Swiel slots the PENALTY to put the Sharks in front for the first time.

Cheetahs 10-13 Sharks

25'- Another kickable penalty for the Sharks. Swiel to line up from close to the touchline and far out...

23'- With Fourie du Preez out injured, Bok coach Heyneke Meyer should seriously consider giving Reinach a shot. He has that much needed X-factor which is very rare in scrumhalves nowadays...

22'- CONVERSION by Swiel.

Cheetahs 10-10 Sharks

21'- TRY to the Sharks!

A brilliant individual try from Sharks scrumhalf Reinach who breaks from a lineout on halfway to score!

His late father, Jaco Reinach, would have been proud of the pace on display there!

19' - A crucial mistake from Sharks fullback SP Marais as he boots out directly into touch just outside his own 22m area.

However, a stolen lineout brings relief for the Sharks...

18'- PENALTY slotted by Swiel from about 30m out to put the Sharks on the board.

Cheetahs 10-3 Sharks

17'- Goosen fails to find touch and from the ensuing counter-attack, the Sharks win a penalty after the ball is tapped out of Reinach's hands...

16'- After 12 phases, the Sharks can't force their way through. SP Marais almost scores in the corner after a sneaky dummy, but a try-saving tackle from Willie le Roux saves the day for the Cheetahs...

14'- Attacking lineout for the Sharks inside the Cheetahs 22m area. Can they make it count?

10'- The Sharks look a bit shell-shocked, like the Bulls were in the early stages of the earlier game at Newlands.

8'- CONVERSION by Goosen.

Cheetahs 10-0 Sharks

7'- TRY to the Cheetahs!

Flank Torsten Van Jaarsveld barges over after a dominant driving maul from the Cheetahs. A 30m driving maul which absolutely demolished the Sharks.

6'- A brilliant tactical from Goosen in behind the Sharks defence puts pressure on the visitors...

3'- Swiel misses the penalty attempt from about 40m out...

2'- The Sharks get a chance to hit right back when a Cheetahs man is caught off-side...

2'- Goosen slots the PENALTY from in front.

Cheetahs 3-0m Sharks

1'- An early kickable penalty for the Cheetahs as a Sharks defender tackles a Cheetahs without the ball. Dale Chadwick the culprit...

19:10 - Cheetahs flyhalf Johan Goosen gets play started...

19:08 - Jean Deysel leads out the Sharks. He captains them tonight, with regular skipper Bismarck du Plessis on the bench.


Tera Mtembu is starting in the No 8 jersey in place of Ryan Kankowski.

JP Pietersen has also moved from right wing to outside centre, with Sibusiso Sithole moving to right wing.


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Referee: Rohan Hoffmann (Australia)
Assistant referees: Stuart Berry (South Africa), Francois de Bruin (South Africa)
TMO: Deon van Blommestein (South Africa)


2014: Sharks won 19-8, Durban
2013: Cheetahs won 12-6, Durban
2013: Sharks 29-22, Bloemfontein
2012: Sharks won 34-15, Durban
2012: Sharks won 34-20, Bloemfontein
2011: Sharks won 23-18, Bloemfontein
2011: Sharks won 24-9, Durban



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

Welcome to Sport24's LIVE scoring and interactive commentary on today's Super Rugby match between the Cheetahs and Sharks in Bloemfontein!

  • 80'

    YELLOW CARD, CHEETAHS, GOOSEN! Goosen is sent to the sin bin for kicking the ball away after referee Rohan Hoffman awards a penalty to the Sharks close to the home side's try-line!

  • 80'

    The Sharks are on the attack deep inside the Cheetahs' 22 and Steyn throws a long pass to Tonderai Chavhanga, who makes a dash for the line. He is tackled into touch at the corner flag by Benjamin! After double-checking with the TMO, the referee blows the final whistle and the Cheetahs secure a deserved victory! It was a thrilling game but in the end, the Sharks left it late. The Cheetahs' early dominance has secured them a deserved win and although the Sharks have picked up a bonus-point this result will not help them in their quest for a home semi-final.

  • 80'

    Cheetahs 27 Sharks 20

  • 79'

    The Cheetahs pack are once again pinged for illegal scrummaging. Steyn puts the ball out inside the hosts' 22.

  • 76'

    CONVERSION, SHARKS, SWIEL. 27-20. Swiel adds the two-pointer to narrow the gap to seven points.

  • 75'

    TRY, SHARKS, B DU PLESSIS! 27-18. The Sharks launch a drive from a line-out, inside the Cheetahs' 22. Bismarck du Plessis is in control at the base and when he spots the whitewash he barges over!

  • 72'

    The Cheetahs are under pressure close to their try-line but get out of jail with a clearance kick from Goosen which goes out five metres outside his 22.

  • 69'

    The Cheetahs' front row are penalised for illegal scrummaging. Steyn kicks for touch and puts the ball out 10 metres inside the home side's 22.

  • 67'

    The Sharks are hammering away at the Cheetahs' try-line but they are met by a wall of white defenders! The visitors are eventually penalised when Stephan Lewies infringes at a ruck. Goosen brings relief for the hosts with a clearance kick which sails into touch close to the halfway line.

  • 64'

    Ryno Benjamin is pinged for straying offside on defence. Steyn kicks for touch and puts the ball out on the Cheetahs' five-metre line.

  • 61'

    The Cheetahs attack with their forwards and Jean Cook, de Jager and Oosthuizen get them over the advantage line with strong carries.

  • 58'

    S'bura Sithole gathers the ball inside the Cheetahs' 22 but knocks on after a big hit from Raymond Rhule!

  • 56'

    PENALTY, CHEETAHS, GOOSEN! 27-13. Goosen adds another three-pointer to give the visitors a 14-point lead.

  • 55'

    The Cheetahs are on the attack! Goosen puts de Jager into a gap with a deft offload and only a desperate tackle from Mtembu brings him o ground inside the Sharks' 22!

  • 52'

    Marais spots a gap behind the Cheetahs defence and launches a kick which rolls into touch inside the home side's defence.

  • 50'

    CONVERSION, CHEETAHS, GOOSEN. 24-13. Goosen adds the extras to extend the home side's lead!

  • 49'

    TRY, CHEETAHS, DE JAGER! 22-13. Lood de Jager runs onto a pass from Strauss, close to the Sharks' try-line, and crashes over with three defenders on his back!

  • 47'

    The Cheetahs are running from deep inside their half. Le Roux, Johann Sadie and Cornal Hendricks are all involved but the sharks are soon penalised when Mvovo and JP Pietersen go offside on defence. Goosen puts the resulting penalty out close to his 22-metre line.

  • 44'

    The Sharks are on the attack, inside the Cheetahs' 22. JP Pietersen and SP Marais do well with ball in hand but they are kept in check by the home side's defence.

  • 41'

    Swiel gets the second half started with a deep kick which Van der Walt gathers. He sets off on a run and is brought to ground just outside his 22 by Coetzee.

  • 40'

    The Sharks are on the attack inside the Cheetahs' 22 but turn over possession when Kyle Cooper holds onto the ball on the ground. Interestingly, the Cheetahs kick the ball upfield and Lwazi Mvovo then boots the ball into touch. The sides head into the sheds for half-time. As the scoreline suggests, this has been an even contest. The Cheetahs started brightly but the Sharks fought back well to take the lead. The latter parts of the half saw the hosts strike back and they are back in front after superb team play. The second half awaits and one gets the feeling that this game is still far from being decided.

  • 40'

    Cheetahs 17 Sharks 13

  • 37'

    From a scrum on the Sharks' five-metre line, the Cheetahs are pinged for an early shove. Steyn kicks for touch and puts the ball out on his 10-metre line.

  • 34'

    CONVERSION, CHEETAHS, GOOSEN. 17-13. Goosen adds the two-pointer to give the hosts a four-point lead.

  • 33'

    TRY, CHEETAHS, VAN DER WALT! 15-13. The Cheetahs are hammering away at the Sharks' line. Nyakane, de Jager and Adriaan Strauss all go close before Philip van der Walt runs onto a pass from Pretorius and barges over!

  • 32'

    Mtembu is penalised for holding onto the ball on the ground. Goosen puts the hosts onto the attack with a kick which sails into touch deep inside the Sharks' 22.

  • 29'

    Van Jaarsveld takes the ball into contact is robbed of possession on the ground by Coetzee! Great poaching by the Springbok forager!

  • 26'

    PENALTY, SHARKS, SWIEL. 10-13. Swiel puts the visitors in front for the first time, after Trevor Nyakane is pinged for deliberately collapsing a maul.

  • 23'

    CONVERSION, SHARKS, SWIEL. 10-10. Swiel levels the scores with a well-struck place-kick.

  • 22'

    TRY, SHARKS, REINACH! 10-8. Cobus Reinach gathers the ball, at a line-out jut inside the Cheetahs' half, and beats four defenders before crashing over!

  • 19'

    PENALTY, SHARKS, SWIEL. 10-3. Swiel gets the Sharks' first points, with a well-struck three-pointer, after van Jaarsveld strays offside on defence.

  • 17'

    The Sharks take the ball through 12 phases until Marais finds himself in the clear! He's inside the Cheetahs' 22 but is knocked into touch by a desperate tackle from Willie le Roux!

  • 15'

    Goosen launches an up-and-under which Mvovo gathers despite great pressure from Coenie Oosthuizen. Several Cheetahs are then pinged for going off their feet at the ensuing ruck and Frans Steyn puts the resulting penalty out inside the home side's 22.

  • 12'

    The Sharks are on the attack and take the ball through several phases inside the Cheetahs' half. Tera Mtembu and Marcell Coetzee are prominent ball carriers but they lose possession when Cobus Reinach knocks on.

  • 9'

    CONVERSION, CHEETAHS, GOOSEN. 10-0. Goosen adds the extras to extend the home side's lead.

  • 8'

    TRY, CHEETAHS, VAN JAARSVELD! 8-0. The Cheetahs have just scored a phenomenal try! They launch a drive, from a line-out, just outside the Sharks' 22 and when he spots the whitewash, Torsten van Jaarsveld dives in for the game's opening try!

  • 7'

    Goosen spots a gap behind Lwazi Mvovo and launches a kick which rolls into touch deep inside the Sharks' 22!

  • 4'

    Tim Swiel gets a chance to level the scores, after the Cheetahs forwards are penalised for an infringement at the restart, but his effort is wide of the target.

  • 3'

    PENALTY, CHEETAHS, GOOSEN. 3-0. Goosen opens the scoring, from the kicking tee, after Dale Chadwick is pinged for tackling Sarel Pretorius off the ball.

  • 1'

    And we're off! Johan Goosen gets the game underway with a deep kick which SP Marais gathers. He offloads to Marcell Coetzee, who sets up a ruck inside his 22.

  • 0'

    Good day and welcome to our live coverage of this South African Super Rugby derby, from the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein, between the Cheetahs and the Sharks. Don't go away! We'll return shortly with team news.

  • 0'

    Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske has selected all his available Springboks for this encounter. Returning to the franchise after being involved in the incoming tour Tests against Wales and Scotland, Nyakane, Adriaan Strauss, Coenie Oosthuizen, Lood de Jager, Teboho Mohoje, Johan Goosen, Cornal Hendricks and Willie le Roux were all named in the run-on side. Their return would be a boost for the home side, who have had to make do without injured stalwarts Boom Prinsloo and Heinrich Brussow.

  • 0'

    With the heavy workload suffered by the Sharks and Springbok front-row, Director of Rugby Jake White has opted for rotation, with Dale Chadwick, Kyle Cooper and Lourens Adriaanse starting this match. Anton Bresler makes a welcome return to action and has been named alongside new-Bok Stefan Lewies in the second-row while Jean Deysel takes over the captaincy armband. Tim Swiel has been named to start at fly-half with Frans Steyn reverting to centre, partnering S'bura Sithole in the midfield. The bench, loaded with six Springboks, should provide plenty of firepower in the latter stages of this vital clash. Thomas du Toit, back from an outstanding campaign for the SA U20 side, has earned a call-up to the senior side, having featured in the Vodacom Cup for the Sharks XV earlier this season.

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  • 0 Conversions 0
  • 0 Penalties 0
  • 0 Drop Goals 0
  • 0 Yellow Cards 0
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Trevor Nyakane
  • Adriaan Strauss
  • Coenraad Oosthuizen
  • Lodewyk De Jager
  • Francois Uys
  • Torsten Van Jaarsveld
  • Teboho Mohoje
  • Phillip Van Der Walt
  • Sarel Pretorius
  • Johan Goosen
  • Raymond Rhule
  • Rayno Benjamin
  • Johann Sadie
  • Cornall Hendricks
  • Willie Le Roux
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  • 5
  • 6
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  • Dale Chadwick
  • Kyle Cooper
  • Lourens Adriaanse
  • Anton Bresler
  • Stephan Lewies
  • Marcell Coetzee
  • Jean Deysel
  • Lubabalo Mtembu
  • Jacobus Reinach
  • Tim Swiel
  • Lwazi Mvovo
  • Francois Steyn
  • J.P Pietersen
  • Sibusiso Sithole
  • SP Marais
  • Caylib Oosthuizen
  • Luan de Bruin
  • Carl Wegner
  • Jean Cook
  • Henco Venter
  • Shaun Venter
  • Elgar Watts
  • Hennie Daniller
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  • Bismarck Du Plessis
  • Thomas du Toit
  • Jannie du Plessis
  • Ettienne Oosthuizen
  • Willem Alberts
  • Charl McLeod
  • Tonderai Chavhanga
  • Odwa Ndungane

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