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As it happened: Cheetahs 18-25 Brumbies

2016-03-26 14:20
Last Updated at 01:45
26 Mar 16:52

Thanks for joining us for this one.

The Sharks take on the Crusaders in Durban next ... hopefully that one will deliver a South African win. 


26 Mar 16:50
The Cheetahs will look back and identify a few key moments where they were perhaps a bit sloppy on defence ... 
26 Mar 16:49
That was an entertaining last few minutes as the Cheetahs really turned it on. But it was all a bit too late from the hosts ...
26 Mar 16:48

FULL-TIME: Marais makes no mistake and that's the game. At least the Cheetahs have something to show for their efforts. 

It finished Cheetahs 18-25 Brumbies ...

26 Mar 16:48
80' Hooter has gone and the Cheetahs have a penalty 5m out ... They'll take the 3 to secure the bonus point ...
26 Mar 16:46
80' Cheetahs maul goes close ... it's on here ...
26 Mar 16:46
79' Just a minute to go here and the Cheetahs will be looking for one more score to secure a bonus point ...
26 Mar 16:45
78' Cheetahs go on another dangerous looking attack but Zelinga can't find a runner and loses it ...
26 Mar 16:44
77' Conversion good. Cheetahs 15-25 Brumbies. 
26 Mar 16:43

That was ridiculous! Raymond Rhule collected a kick and then, ever so casually, cross-kicked it almost backwards to Blommetjies

The Cheetahs fullback then released Petersen, who had too much pace for the Brumbies defence. 

Butch James says 'That's the try of the game' ... and he's spot-on.

26 Mar 16:42
26 Mar 16:40
74' The Cheetahs, as always, have been willing to move the ball quickly. But they just haven't looked after it well enough in this second half ...
26 Mar 16:39
73' But again the Cheetahs lose the ball and the Brumbies clear through Toomua ...
26 Mar 16:39
72' Lobberts bundled into touch. Brumbies lineout ... Cheetahs make the steal and can go again! 
26 Mar 16:38
72' Cheetahs having another go just outside the Brumbies 22 ...
26 Mar 16:38
71' Cheetahs look to run it from deep inside their own 22m. Petersen stabs ahead and is tackled without the ball. Penalty Cheetahs ...
26 Mar 16:36
70' Cubelli clears towards half-way ...
26 Mar 16:35
69' So frustrating for the Cheetahs. A little knock on after the lineout was secured gifts possession back to the Brumbies ...
26 Mar 16:34
69' Cheetahs win another scrum penalty and set of a lineout about 15m out ...
26 Mar 16:32
Cheetahs just not clinical enough when it matters most. That was a fantastic opportunity to get back into this game. Hard to see any result other than a Brumbies win now ...
26 Mar 16:31
66' Cheetahs have it 10m out ... but a wayward pass allows the Brumbies to clear. 
26 Mar 16:31
66' Lineout was more like 30m out. Cheetahs win the penalty at the rolling maul and they can set up another lineout even closer now ...
26 Mar 16:30
65' Brumbies clear their lines. Cheetahs will have the lineout about 40m out ...
26 Mar 16:29
64' Really good from the Cheetahs. They make the break and Torsten Van Jaarsveld is bundled into touch about 7m short ...
26 Mar 16:28
64' Cheetahs lineout 40m out ...
26 Mar 16:28
64' Huge scrum from the Cheetahs and they shove the Brumbies pack off the ball to win the penalty! They're still fighting! 
26 Mar 16:27
63' A knock-on gives the Brumbies a scrum from left-field, 35m out ...
26 Mar 16:27
63' Cheetahs trying to run the ball and be expansive, but it's just not working for them. Seems like every run is starting from a stand-still position ... battling for momentum. 
26 Mar 16:25
61' Cheetahs need something here ... but Fardy wins the lineout ... Toomua clears towards half-way ...
26 Mar 16:24
60' Brumbies are offside and Cheetahs win a penalty. Blommetjies sets up the lineout about 5m out ...
26 Mar 16:24
It's going to take one heck of an effort for the Cheetahs to rescue this one now ...
26 Mar 16:23
59' Cheetahs lineout 40m out ...
26 Mar 16:23
58' Toomua knocks over the conversion ... Cheetahs 8-25 Brumbies ...
26 Mar 16:21
57' TRY BRUMBIES! Ben Alexander. Again, just too many phases for the Cheetahs defence ...
26 Mar 16:20
57' Brumbies going hard just 5m out now ...
26 Mar 16:19
56' Cheetahs get some momentum and carry the ball up to half-way, but Pocock enforces another turnover and the Brumbies have the penalty ...
26 Mar 16:18
56' Hilton Lobberts on for Uzair Cassiem ...
26 Mar 16:17
55' Brumbies ignore the 3 points and set up the lineout 7m out ...
26 Mar 16:17
54' Another tightly contested scrum and the Brumbies are awarded the penalty ...
26 Mar 16:16
53' Brumbies will not have a scrum just outside the Cheetahs 22m area after Cubelli takes a penalty quickly and kicks ahead, forcing a knock-on from Marais ...
26 Mar 16:15

51' WOW! That was crazy. Brumbies secured their own scrum ball and then lost it. Boom Prinsloo went to the boot and the ball stayed in play where Petersen got a boot on it and chased. He dived in an attempt to score the try, but it was just out of reach. 

22m dropout to the Brumbies, but that Cheetahs counter was almost the length of the field ...

26 Mar 16:11
50' Brumbies scrum 25m out ... dangerous for the Cheetahs ...
26 Mar 16:10
48' Brumbies go to the boot and the Cheetahs can't clear. Blommetjies drops it . Brumbies have a lineout now inside the Cheetahs 22m area ...
26 Mar 16:09
47' Brumbies win the short arm for an early push from the Cheetahs ...
26 Mar 16:08
47' Brumbies scrum just outside their own 22m area ...
26 Mar 16:07
45' PENALTY is good from Lealiifano and the Brumbies have the first points of the 2nd half. Cheetahs 8-18 Brumbies ...
26 Mar 16:06
45' Lealiifano lining up a shot at goal ... 37m out and straight 
  • 80'

    Marais will look to give the Cheetahs the losing bonus point from the kicking tee after the Cheetahs are awarded a penalty right underneath the uprights.

  • 80'

    PENALTY, CHEETAHS, MARAIS! 18-25: Marais adds the extra three as the flags go up and that is the game. The Cheetahs as always punched above their weight but it was just not enough at the end of the day. Lots of potential in this Cheetahs outfit for coach Franco Smith to work with. Congratulations to the Brumbies on a hard fought victory.

  • 80'


  • 78'

    Brumbies look disorganised at the lineout as the ball is poked through from the Brumbies lineout.

  • 78'

    Cheetahs with the attacking lineout now, they can not win the game from this position but they are giving it their all.

  • 75'

    CONVERSION, CHEETAHS, MARAIS! 15-25: Marais adds the extra two and it's now a ten point game.

  • 74'

    TRY, CHEETAHS, PETERSEN! 13-25: One of the tries of the season so far as Blommetjies sells the dummy, breaks a tackle before releasing Petersen for a clear run to the line.

  • 72'

    Cheetahs still not giving up, great attitude to the game as they look to give the crowd something to shout about this half as they spread the ball wide but the Brumbies defence is up to the task.

  • 70'

    Petersen runs out of space down the wing and tries to play a kick in behind the Brumbies defence but he gets tackled late without the ball and Cheetahs win the penalty. They go on the attack here.

  • 69'

    Wong on, Tomane off for the Brumbies as they look to close out this game in style.

  • 69'

    Defensive scrum to the Brumbies and Cubelli puts in a good clearance kick from the scrum. Attacking lineout to the Cheetahs.

  • 67'

    The ground staff will have a big job on their hands after all these scrums tearing up the pitch this game.

  • 65'

    Moore getting a talking to for the Brumbies discipline and the Cheetahs set the attacking lineout from the penalty.

  • 63'

    What is going on here? The Cheetahs lose their ball at one scrum and next minute they push the Brumbies off their ball. What a scrum for the Cheetahs as they push the Brumbies scrum backwards before being awarded the penalty.

  • 62'

    Yet another scrum as Petersen knocks on, and the Brumbies have the attacking scrum. The visitors look to be taking control of this game.

  • 60'

    Brumbies steal the lineout and clear to halfway. Cheetahs need to rebuild now and put some phases together.

  • 59'

    Cheetahs win a penalty and they have no choice but to kick for the corner. Attacking lineout to the Cheetahs

  • 58'

    CONVERSION, BRUMBIES, TOOMUA! 8-25: Toomua takes the Brumbies into a commanding lead as he slots the conversion.

  • 57'

    TRY, BRUMBIES, ALEXANDER! 8-23: The big prop goes over for the try after he collects a beautiful offload.

  • 56'

    Pocock gets to the tackle first and wins the penalty for the Brumbies at the breakdown. Not the best way of playing by spreading the ball and allowing Pocock to get to the contact point first. Brumbies set the Attacking lineout.

  • 54'

    Penalty to the Brumbies as the Cheetahs get blown up for illegal scrumming. Brumbies kick to the corner and they have an attacking lineout.

  • 52'

    Fardy making a menace of himself at the breakdown. The Brumbies win the penalty and they take it quickly.

  • 51'

    Petersen almost goes in for a try for the Cheetahs after a loose ball is kicked through but he fails to dot down and it will be a twenty two dropout. Cheetahs still in a good position to run it back here.

  • 49'

    Attacking scrum to the Brumbies now, lets see how their pack goes as Carter comes back on. Brumbies back to fifteen now.

  • 47'

    Attacking lineout to the Brumbies. Moore finds his man and Brumbies look to keep possession as they still have a man in the bin.

  • 44'

    Penalty to the Brumbies in a good position to take the three points and Lealiifano looks set to strike this.

  • 44'

    PENALTY, BRUMBIES, LEALIIFANO! 8-18: It looks good and it is good! Lealiifano gets the Brumbies first points of the second half.

  • 44'

    Nche is back on and Cheetahs are restored to fifteen men now.

  • 43'

    Marais is unsuccessful with the penalty.

  • 42'

    Penalty is awarded to the Cheetahs and Marais will look to get the first points of the second half for his team as he lines one up at the uprights.

  • 41'

    Toomua gets the second half underway as he boots the ball into the Cheetahs half.

  • 41'

    The scrums keep on coming as Toua thinks of a counter before he even catches the ball and ends up knocking the ball forward. Scrum to the Cheetahs.

  • 40'


  • 40'

    Cheetahs cough up possession and that's the first half. Brumbies made a fantastic start with a try in the opening five minutes but the Cheetahs have hit back well. Big second half in store for both teams.

  • 39'

    The Cheetahs get the penalty in the last minute of the half and Blommetjies puts in a great kick to the corner. Attacking lineout to the Cheetahs.

  • 39'

    YELLOW CARD, BRUMBIES, CARTER! 8-15: The referee dishing out the cards here as Carter is now sent to the bin. Evens out the game a bit here.

  • 36'

    Lealiifano misses the conversion but the Brumbies will be happy to have scored that try after being under pressure since they scored their opening try.

  • 35'

    TRY, BRUMBIES, TOUA! 8-15: The fullback makes the one man advantage count for his team as the Brumbies strike immediately.

  • 33'

    YELLOW CARD, CHEETAHS, NCHE! 8-10: Absolutely ridiculous call from Referee Glen Jackson leaves Nche bemused as he gets sent to the bin for "lazy running"

  • 31'

    Nche loving the physical contest but he can''t get away with this one as he comes in from the side. Penalty to the Brumbies and it is an attacking lineout to the Brumbies now.

  • 29'

    Relieving penalty for the Brumbies now and the Brumbies have the attacking lineout.

  • 28'

    Good teamwork and defence from the Brumbies leads to a turnover as the Cheetahs knock on, defensive scrum to the Brumbies.

  • 27'

    Penalty to the Cheetahs as the Brumbies come in from the side of the maul and the Cheetahs are going for broke now as they set the attacking lineout.

  • 25'

    Marais fluffs the conversion.

  • 24'

    TRY, CHEETAHS, CASSIEM! 8-10: Cassiem goes over for the five points after a strong carry from Prinsloo gets the Cheetahs moving forward.

  • 22'

    Cassiem with the turnover for the Cheetahs deep inside their own half before Peterson sets up an electric counter attack down the wing, it goes wide and Cheetahs get a penalty which Venter takes quickly. Cheetahs looking for a five pointer here.

  • 20'

    PENALTY, CHEETAHS, MARAIS! 3-10: Marais gets the Cheetahs first points of the game as he nails the penalty. Cheetahs look to be gaining in confidence now.

  • 19'

    Brumbies are penalised for going offside and Marais steps up to take a strike at the uprights.

  • 18'

    Both packs giving everything at scrum time as the Brumbies hit back with a powerful scrum now and win the penalty, Toomua clears to touch and the Brumbies have a lineout inside their own half.

  • 16'

    Attacking lineout to the Cheetahs and they look set to go for a pushover try here but the Brumbies disrupt the maul and are awarded the turnover. Defensive scrum to the Brumbies.

  • 14'

    Massive effort at scrum time from the Cheetahs earns them a penalty inside Brumbies half. High fives all around at scrum time.

  • 11'

    PENALTY, BRUMBIES, LEALIIFANO! 0-10: The flags are raised and it''s over! The Brumbies lead by ten now.

  • 10'

    Lealiifano will line up a shot at posts after the Brumbies are awarded a penalty on the Cheetahs 22 metre line.

  • 9'

    Cheetahs are unable to hold their own in the scrum as the Brumbies shove them off their ball and the visitors are on the attack again.

  • 8'

    Brumbies get the drive going off the maul, the Cheetahs bring in numbers to the maul and they prevent any further momentum for the Brumbies until it goes wide and the Cheetahs win a turnover, defensive scrum to the hosts.

  • 7'

    Good interplay as the Brumbies look to open up the Cheetahs defence but the referee comes back for the advantage and the Brumbies set the attacking lineout from the penalty.

  • 4'

    CONVERSION, BRUMBIES, LEALIIFANO! 0-7: Lealiifano adds the extra two from the left touchline and it's an early seven point lead for the Brumbies

  • 3'

    TRY, BRUMBIES, VAEA! 5-0: Great counter rucking from the Cheetahs inside their own half but as the ball comes out for the Cheetahs the Brumbies make an interception, it goes wide and Vaea runs in for an easy try.

  • 1'

    Blommetjies gets us going with a hanging kick into the Brumbies half.

  • 1'

    The Brumbies start like a house on fire as Toomua looks to have set up Cubelli for the opening try but the TMO is called to look at a forward pass and the Cheetahs have an early escape.

  • 0'

    Hello and welcome to our live commentary of this Super Rugby clash between the Cheetahs and the Brumbies from the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein.

  • 0'

    Cheetahs head coach Franco Smith has rung the changes to his run-on side. Ox Nche, Johan Coetzee, Francois Uys and Boom Prinsloo are all included in the starting line-up with Charles Marais, Maks van Dyk, Carl Wegner and Henco Venter on the bench. Paul Schoeman moves to number eight, sending Henco Venter to the bench and Boom Prinsloo starting at number six. Joubert Engelbrecht will be making his Super Rugby debut, replacing William Small-Smith on inside centre.

  • 0'

    Ita Vaea and Robbie Coleman will both start the match in place of the injured Jarrad Butler (knee) and Henry Speight (frontal bone). In other changes to the matchday squad, Robbie Abel has been named on the bench and could make his Super Rugby debut. The hooker is in line to make his debut, following the one-week suspension to Josh Mann-Rea. Back-up prop Ruan Smith has been named as a reserve for his first Super Rugby match of 2016. Jordan Smiler, who started last week?s match against the Stormers at number eight, returns to the bench, while James Dargaville comes in as a useful back-line cover.

  • 0'

    FORM, CHEETAHS: The Cheetahs sit in sixth place in the South African group with five points from four games. The team from Bloemfontein suffered home defeats against the Jaguares and Stormers before bouncing back with a hard-fought away victory over the Sunwolves. They then lost 39-22 against the Lions in Johannesburg last weekend.

  • 0'

    FORM, BRUMBIES: The Brumbies made a bright start to the tournament with convincing home victories over the Hurricanes and Waratahs before beating the Western Force in Perth. Their winning run came to an end last weekend when the Stormers beat them in Cape Town.

  • 0'

    The Brumbies have won their last four meetings with the Cheetahs dating back to 2012. The last time the Cheetahs managed to come out on top against the Brumbies was back in 2011 when they won 47-36 in Bloemfontein. The most recent encounter between the two, which was played in Canberra last year, ended 20-3 in favour of the Brumbies.

  • 0'

    It is a cool day in Bloemfontein, it is not as hot as usual and it looks like it might rain later on with clouds hovering above the stadium, both teams can look forward to a fast paced pitch suited for running rugby and the kickers will have to be on point in these windy conditions.

  • 0'

    Our referee taking charge of this match is Glen Jackson. Rasta Rasivhenge and AJ Jacobs will assist him. Our TMO is Willie Vos.

  • 0'

    The Brumbies make their way onto the field.

  • 0'

    The Cheetahs run onto the pitch with a warm welcome from the crowd.

Jump to

Cheetahs Brumbies
  • 2 Tries 3
    • 23' Uzair Cassiem
    • 74' Sergeal Petersen
    • 3' Ita Vaea
    • 35' Aidan Toua
    • 56' Ben Alexander
  • 1 Conversions 2
    • 75' Niel Marais
    • 5' Christian Lealiifano
    • 58' Matt Toomua
  • 2 Penalties 2
    • 20' Niel Marais
    • 80' Niel Marais
    • 11' Christian Lealiifano
    • 44' Christian Lealiifano
  • 0 Drop Goals 0
  • 1 Yellow Cards 1
    • 33' Ox Nche
    • 39' Sam Carter
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Ox Nche
  • Torsten Van Jaarsveld
  • Johannes Coetzee
  • Lodewyk De Jager
  • Francois Uys
  • Boom Prinsloo
  • Uzair Cassiem
  • Paul Schoeman
  • Shaun Venter
  • Niel Marais
  • Raymond Rhule
  • Joubert Engelbrecht
  • Francois Venter
  • Sergeal Petersen
  • Clayton Blommetjies
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • Scott Sio
  • Stephen Moore
  • Ben Alexander
  • Rory Arnold
  • Sam Carter
  • Scott Fardy
  • David Pocock
  • Ita Vaea
  • Tomas Cubelli
  • Christian Lealiifano
  • Joseph Tomane
  • Matt Toomua
  • Tevita Kuridrani
  • Robbie Coleman
  • Aidan Toua
  • Jacques Du Toit
  • Charles Marais
  • Maks van Dyk
  • Carl Wegner
  • Hilton Lobberts
  • Henco Venter
  • Tian Meyer
  • Fred Zeilinga
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • Robbie Abel
  • Allan Alaalatoa
  • Ruan Smith
  • Thomas Staniforth
  • Jordan Smiler
  • Michael Dowsett
  • James Dargaville
  • Nigel Ah Wong

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