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17:00 - PICTURE
Chiefs captain and flyhalf Aaron Cruden (Gallo Images)
16:51 - STATS
Metres run: Cheetahs 381-482 Chiefs
Carries: Cheetahs 86-124 Chiefs
Defenders beaten: Cheetahs 18-19 Chiefs
Clean breaks: Cheetahs 4-9 Chiefs
Tackles made: Cheetahs 102-74 Chiefs
Tackles missed: Cheetahs 19-18 Chiefs
Turnovers won: Cheetahs 4-7 Chiefs
Penalties conceded: Cheetahs 12-13 Chiefs
Lineouts won: Cheetahs 8-12 Chiefs
Lineouts lost: Cheetahs 0-2 Chiefs
Scrums won: Cheetahs 7-2 Chiefs
Scrums lost: Cheetahs 0-1 Chiefs
16:48 - I have so say, the Chiefs fully deserved to get the draw. They were the only team on the park in second period and showed great guts and determination.
The Cheetahs now know you can't just sit back and defend a lead, even if it is 24 points!
In next week's action, the Cheetahs host the Crusaders, while the Chiefs play the Rebels at home in Hamilton.
16:50 - TWEET
Altitude seemed a disadvantage to Cheetahs! Do our teams need to smarten up their fitness? - Rob Houwing
16:47 - FULL-TIME: Cheetahs 43-43 Chiefs.
It's a another draw for the Chiefs after yet another remarkable fightback.
16:47 - CONVERSION by Cruden.
16:46 - TRY! Tim Nanai-Williams scores under the posts after side-stepping through the defence. Amazing stuff!
It was set up after a concerted period of attack by the Chiefs...
16:45 - Chiefs right on the Cheetahs line...
16:44 - Chiefs surge up to the Cheetahs 22m line...
16:43 - Inside the final minute and the Cheetahs have an attacking lineout close to the Chiefs 22m line...
But they concede a penalty and the Chiefs will launch one last attacking move...
16:41 - PENALTY converted by Goosen.
Cheetahs 43-36 Chiefs after 78 minutes. Are we seeing another draw?
16:40 - A dominant scrum from the Cheetahs sees them win a penalty. Goosen will line up from in front. The one area the Cheetahs were far superior in today!
16:39 - Chiefs trying to run it our of their own half and knock it on under pressure. Four minutes left and the Cheetahs have a scrum in the middle of the park.
16:37 - A Chiefs player was played off the ball by Lappies Labuschagné, while Willie le Roux was also tripped.
So it's an eye for an eye and the TMO rules play on...
Both incidents were penalisable...
16:36 - Just as the game becomes very loose, Willie le Roux spots a gap and kicks down-field into the Chiefs 22m area.
But referee Joubert wants to check with the TMO for foul play.
16:34 - Goosen kicks the easy PENALTY.
Cheetahs 40-36 Chiefs after 72 minutes.
16:33 - Chiefs penalised right after the kick-off, Goosen to line up...
16:33 - Rossouw de Klerk and Andries Ferreira on for the Cheetahs, Maks van Dyk and Lood de Jager off.
16:32 - Cruden slots the CONVERSION from the corner.
Cheetahs 37-36 Chiefs after 70 minutes.
16:30 - TRY! Fantastic ball-in-hand skill from the Chiefs sees Tikoirotuma go in at the corner for his second try. Also the BONUS POINT for them!
16:28 - A real howler from Cruden who pulls it badly to the right. Would have made it a five point game... 37-29 with 13 minutes left.
16:27 - Chiefs back in Cheetahs territory and win a penalty as the hosts go off-side. Cruden to line up from in front, about 30m out.
Tawera Kerr-Barlow now also on at No 9 for Augustine Pulu - the double try-scorer.
16:25 - TWEET
It shows real character when nothing is going right for u, but u keep fighting back, keep trucking, a never say die attitude #chiefsrugby - Alan Zondagh
16:23 - The Cheetahs take off their best player, Sarel Pretorius. Shaun Venter on.
Why take off the player who gives you so much X-factor?!
16:23 - Cheetahs 37-29 Chiefs after 63 minutes.
16:23 - CONVERSION by Cruden. Right from the corner!
16:22 - TRY! Chiefs wing Asaeli Tikoirotuma scores in the corner after another attractive attack...
16:20 - It's been all Chiefs in the second half. Unless the Cheetahs start playing again, we'll likely see another comeback by the Kiwi side...
16:20 - Cheetahs 37-22 Chiefs after 61 minutes.
16:20 - Cruden hits the uprights and misses the conversion...
16:18 - TRY! An extraordinary try by Tim Nanai-Williams who scores in the corner after following up on a chip kick...
A great earlier pass from Cruden set up the move as the Chiefs ran from halfway...
16:17 - Cheetahs centre Howard Mnisi wins his second Super Rugby cap. Rayno Benjamin off...
16:15 - Veteran Mils Muliaina now on for the Chiefs. Tom Marshall off. Nice to have a chap on your bench with 100 All Black caps!
16:13 - PENALTY nailed by Goosen.
Cheetahs 37-17 Chiefs after 55 minutes.
16:13 - The Chiefs transgress as a ruck just inside their own half and Goosen will line up...
16:12 - A first Super Rugby cap for Teboho "Oupa" Mohoje who replaces No 8 Jean Cook.
16:11 - SECOND HALF POSSESSION
16:10 - CONVERSION by Cruden from right next to the posts.
Cheetahs 34-17 Chiefs after 52 minutes.
16:10 - TRY! Augustine Pulu dives over for his second try. This time he makes sure he is not held up!
The try had to come after a concerted period of attack by the defending champions.
16:08 - Chiefs get out of trouble as they run from their own line to win a penalty on half-way.
Cruden sets up an attacking lineout...
16:07 - Caylib Oosthuizen has replaced Trevor Ntyakane at prop for the Cheetahs.
16:07 - Fantastic vision from Goosen as he kicks from halfway right out on the Chiefs line...
16:06 - TWEET
How many Sarels can you count on the field? So far I am on 3 - Judge Rugby
16:04 - PICTURE
Sarel Pretorius playing the game of his life today... (Gallo Images)
16:04 - Great Cheetahs defence is keeping the Chiefs at bay. It's that man Pretorius again. He really is Super Sarel today!
16:02 - Scrumhalf Pulu almost scores but he is brilliantly held up by Benjamin...
16:00 - A dominant maul by the Chiefs, but somehow Pretorius manages to rip the ball out and sprint away. He is tackled out on the 22m line. But jeepers, how did he get that ball out?!
15:59 - All Chiefs at the start here. They win a penalty on the Cheetahs 22m line, but they're too far behind to go for posts. Lineout coming up...
15:57 - The Chiefs have brought on two new front rankers in Jamie Mackintosh and Josh Hohneck. They can't do any worse than they already have in the scrums...
15:57 - Welcome back. Cruden starts the second period...
15:49 - FIRST HALF STATS
Metres run: Cheetahs 322-148 Chiefs
Carries: Cheetahs 58-32 Chiefs
Defenders beaten: Cheetahs 16-5 Chiefs
Clean breaks: Cheetahs 3-2 Chiefs
Tackles made: Cheetahs 31-41 Chief
Tackles missed: Cheetahs 5-16 Chiefs
Penalties conceded: Cheetahs 4-8 Chiefs
Scrums won: Cheetahs 4-1 Chiefs
Scrums lost: Cheetahs 0-1 Chiefs
15:45 - The Cheetahs kick out and that's HALF-TIME: Cheetahs 34-10 Chiefs
15:44 - But Anscombe is penalised after trying to get up despite being held in a tackle...
15:44 - Attacking chance for the Chiefs inside the Cheetahs 22m area... The hooter has already sounded...
15:43 - The Cheetahs are beating the Chiefs playing Chiefs rugby. The defending champions are shell-shocked!
15:42 - CONVERSION by Goosen.
Cheetahs 34-10 Chiefs after 39 minutes.
15:41 - TRY! Boom Prinsloo barges over close to the touchline after a dominant driving maul from the lineout. That's the BONUS POINT for the hosts!
15:40 - Cheetahs again on the attack and win another penalty close to the Chiefs line. This time they opt for an attacking lineout...
15:39 - CONVERSION by Goosen.
Cheetahs 27-10 Chiefs after 35 minutes.
15:38 - TRY! It's that man Pretorius again. He takes a quick tap after the Chiefs are penalised at the scrum and dives over!
15:36 - Another brilliant break from Pretorius sees him sprint down the touchline before putting a chip-kick through for Cornal Hendricks to chase, only for Chiefs fullback Gareth Anscombe to carry it over.
Five metre attacking scrum for the hosts!
15:35 - Both teams full of running, but just as the Chiefs look dangerous, No 9 Pulu kicks it down-field and it goes dead. They come back for a Cheetahs scrum on halfway. Great attacking platform...
15:33 - PENALTY converted by Goosen.
Cheetahs 20-10 Chiefs after 30 minutes.
15:32 - Chiefs immediately penalised for playing the ball on the ground.
Goosen will again line up. About 20m in from the touchline...
15:31 - CONVERSION by Cruden.
Cheetahs 17-10 Chiefs after 27 minutes.
15:30 - TRY! Scrumhalf Augustine Pulu dives over after a concerted period of attack.
15:29 - Chiefs now have a rare attacking opportunity close to the Cheetahs 22...
Lineout drive coming up...
15:26 - Let-off to the visitors as Goosen pulls his penalty attempt to the right...
15:25 - A shell-shocked Chiefs scrum under immense pressure! Another penalty and Goosen will line up from close to the touchline...
15:24 - For those wondering, SA's Deon van Blommestein is the TMO and Craig Joubert the referee.
15:21 - Goosen kicks the PENALTY with ease!
Cheetahs 17-3 Chiefs after 19 minutes.
15:20 - A scrum penalty for the Cheetahs and Goosen will line up from a metre inside his own half...
15:20 - TWEETS
If that pass wasn't forward we might as well believe No1 had no knowledge or benefit at Nkandla. A shocker! - Dan Retief
That was an obvious forward pass - Simon Borchardt
15:18 - CONVERSION by Goosen.
Cheetahs 14-3 Chiefs after 15 minutes.
15:17 - TRY awarded to Benjamin. The TMO ruled no forward pass and also no earlier knock on in the move... Perhaps another wrong call by a TMO...
15:15 - Cheetahs centre Rayno Benjamin runs in to score after the hosts broke from inside their own half, but the TMO must check for a forward pass from Willie le Roux...
15:14 - PENALTY converted by Cruden
Cheetahs 7-3 Chiefs after 14 minutes.
15:13 - The Chiefs launch an attack from inside their own 22m area to surge into the Cheetahs 22...
Great break from centre Tom Marshall as they win a penalty in front...
15:11 - METRES RUN SO FAR
15:09 - Cheetahs win a free kick at the first scrum and Pretorius takes a quick tap to launch another attack. Chiefs all over the show here...
15:09 - Cruden makes a bad error by kicking the restart directly out.
15:07 - CONVERSION by Goosen.
Cheetahs 7-0 Chiefs after 7 minutes.
15:07 - TRY! Live-wire scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius darts through the Chiefs defence to score next to the uprights!
The attack was also set up by the scrumhalf who initially got the hosts close to the Chiefs line by evading a few tacklers.
15:05 - Goosen lines up a drop goal from halfway but misses it badly...
15:05 - Cheetahs win the game's first lineout after the Chiefs kicked out directly just inside their own half...
15:03 - Goosen misses the penalty attempt. On the angle, that must have been close to 60m. He had the legs but it was to the right of the uprights.
15:02 - After two minutes of non-stop play, the Cheetahs win a penalty just inside the Chiefs half after the visitors illegally enter a ruck. Goosen will line up from far out...
15:01 - A helter-skelter start to the game as both sides look to attack...
15:00 - Cheetahs pivot Johan Goosen gets play under way!
14:59 - Good to see that the Free State Stadium playing surface looks in tip-top shape after an overhaul in the last few weeks...
14:56 - DID YOU KNOW?
The Cheetahs have conceded the most tries so far in the competition - 23 in six matches, while the Chiefs have conceded only nine tries.
14:52 - The big question today is: Can the Cheetahs defence hold up against arguably the best attacking team in the competition? Unless the hosts show marked improvement in that department, their fans will leave disappointed.
After coming back from the dead to draw with the Bulls last week, the Chiefs were still confident enough to make 10 changes to their squad. The Cheetahs will be better at home, but I'm going Chiefs by a whisker...
14:47 - PICTURE: Afrikaans commentators
Cheetahs vs Chiefs with the Stem of Bloemfontein - Christo Olivier, cant wait - Vlok Cilliers
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Massive day of Super Rugby - FIVE matches in total!
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Hurricanes 25-20 Bulls - MATCH REPORT
Reds 29-32 Force - MATCH REPORT
Cheetahs 43-43 Chiefs - MATCH REPORT
Lions 7-28 Crusaders - MATCH REPORT
Stormers 11-22 Waratahs - MATCH REPORT
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Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Stuart Berry, Francois de Bruin (South Africa)
TMO: Deon van Blommestein (South Africa)
2013: Chiefs won 45-3, Hamilton
2012: Chiefs won 39-33, Bloemfontein
2010: Cheetahs and Chiefs drew 25-all, Hamilton
2009: Chiefs won 28-10, Kimberley
2008: Chiefs won 22-20, Hamilton
2007: Cheetahs and Chiefs drew 22-all, Bloemfontein
15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Rayno Benjamin, 11 Hennie Daniller, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Jean Cook, 7 Pieter Labuschagné, 6 Johannes Prinsloo, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lodewyk de Jager, 3 Nicolaas van Dyk, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Trevor Nyakane
Substitutes: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Rossouw de Klerk, 19 Andries Ferreira, 20 Teboho Mohoje, 21 Shaun Venter, 22 Elgar Watts, 23 Howard Mnisi
15 Gareth Anscombe, 14 Tim Nanai-Williams, 13 Andrew Horrell, 12 Tom Marshall, 11 Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 10 Aaron Cruden (captain), 9 Augustine Pulu, 8 Liam Messam, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Michael Fitzgerald, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Matt Symons, 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Rhys Marshall, 1 Pauliasi Manu
Substitutes: 16 Nathan Harris, 17 Jamie Mackintosh, 18 Josh Hohneck, 19 Liam Squire, 20 Tanerau Latimer, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Anton Lienert-Brown, 23 Mils Muliaina
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