Cheetahs crush Sharks

2011-09-17 16:48

Bloemfontein - Rookie flyhalf Johan Goosen kicked 29 points to help the Free State Cheetahs get their Currie Cup campaign back on track with an emphatic 53-32 victory over the Sharks at the Free State Stadium on Saturday.

The 19-year-old, making just his third start in the competition, was influential throughout with his kicking game and ability to break the line a constant worry for the visitors.

He landed all but one of his kicks at goal, including a spectacular 50 metre plus drop goal, adding to a brace of tries by Lappies Labuschagne and one each for Ashley Johnson and Tewis de Bruyn as Naka Drotske’s men extended their grip on fourth place on the log.

Goosen, who kicked 14 from 14 prior to Saturday’s match, missed an early penalty, although the chance was from well inside his own half.

However, the teenager made amends moments later when he sent over a kick from much closer in on the left after Dale Chadwick was penalised for going in illegally at the scrum.

Frederic Michalak hit straight back for the Sharks after Cameron Jacobs’ side entry at a ruck, before two further Goosen penalties put the hosts back in front.

But despite being outrun for the opening quarter, the men from Durban were the first to open the try account when Michalak, Marius Joubert and Sibusiso Sithole combined to send Stefan Terblanche over on the right.

Frenchman Michalak missed the conversion, but moments later put his side in front for the first time via a penalty which came after another side entry at the ruck.

Goosen, though, had other ideas and showed great speed with a burst through the middle from his own half, before exchanging passes with Robert Ebersohn on his way to his first Currie Cup try.

After the extras were added, the game again swung to the other end when Springbok winger Mvovo sped away from two men to score on the left.

Michalak converted to give the Sharks a two point lead, but that quickly turned into a five point deficit when Goosen’s excellent offload to Hennie Daniller enabled Labuschagne to cross for another converted try.

It was 23-18 at the break and moments after the restart, Goosen extended the lead with an outrageous drop goal from close to the halfway line on the extreme right side of the field.

He then extended the advantage to 11 with a penalty from straight in front, before a shocking pass from Johnson denied them a third try.

That proved a costly error as Mvovo’s explosive run through the middle took him over for a second score of the afternoon and another converted one after Michalak sent over the extras.

Jacques Botes was the next player to err in a crucial area after his mistake on the halfway line gave Goosen another three points, before Johnson ran in under post for another converted try after good work from the forwards.

During the build-up to the try, Jandre Marais high-tackled Riaan Smit and earned himself a yellow card in the process with the Sharks 14 behind and just under a quarter of the game to play.

And that proved decisive with Labuschagne subsequently crossing for his second and Tewis de Bruyn also bundling his way over - both scores converted by replacement flyhalf Sias Ebersohn.

With time running out Botes crossed for a converted consolation try that at least earned John Plumtree’s men a bonus point, but they remain third on the log.


Free State:

Tries: Johan Goosen, Lappies Labuschagné (2), Ashley Johnson, Tewis de Bruyn

Conversions: Goosen (4), Sias Ebersohn

Penalties: Goosen (5)

Drop goal: Goosen


Tries: Stefan Terblanche, Lwazi Mvovo (2), Jacques Botes

Conversions: Michalak (2), Meyer Bosman

Penalties: Michalak (2)


Free State Cheetahs:

15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Riaan Smit, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Philip Snyman, 11 Cameron Jacobs, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Pieter van Zyl, 8 Ashley Johnson, 7 Boom Prinsloo, 6 Lappies Labuschagné, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Francois Uys, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 3 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Marcel van der Merwe.

Substitutes: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 Johan Wessels, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Philip Burger.

15. Stefan Terblanche 14. Sibusiso Sithole 13. Marius Joubert 12. Meyer Bosman 11. Lwazi Mvovo 10. Frederic Michalak 9. Conrad Hoffmann 8. Keegan Daniel (captain) 7. Jean Deysel 6. Jacques Botes 5. Alistair Hargreaves 4. Anton Bresler 3. Eugene van Staden 2. Craig Burden 1. Dale Chadwick

Substitutes: 16. Kyle Cooper 17. Julian Redelinghuys 18. Jan Andre Marais 19. Marcell Coetzee 20. Ross Cronje 21. Adrian Jacobs 22. Louis Ludik


  • Francois - 2011-09-17 16:54

    Adrian Jacobs must be the luckiest player in SA, he has a national contract, but does not even have to play for the Sharks!

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-09-17 19:05

      Well done CHEETAHS, you've DESTROYED the ARROGANT Sharks!!!! Even though my boys narrowly lost against the Bulls, your HUMILIATION of the Sharks take away my PAIN!!!! WP jou LEKKER DENG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Jarryd - 2011-09-17 19:23

      Arrogant then if the sharks are so ARROGANT why did we beat WP.

      gmain - 2011-09-18 18:11

      Cos beating wp is easy....

  • milswanka - 2011-09-17 16:54

    OUCH!!! Atleast it does the Lions a favour! Well done Cheetahs, good game.

      onthefence - 2011-09-19 15:50

      Lions....for years I have taken flak in the pubs, even my 12 year old daughter was giving me a tough time...but now we stand proud.

  • Jamiside - 2011-09-17 16:57

    Good game Cheetahs, you deserved the win today. Sharks, sorry it just was not your day today. Just cannot see Western Province beating the Bulls, even though both teams are young teams, the bulls have the edge.

  • Zion - 2011-09-17 17:01

    Well done Cheetahs. I see you are reducing the Sharks to the level of a P****ka team. On a more serious note: it is hard to get one';s head around a 52 point gain against the sharks. One of the past Currie Cup champs.

      Malcolm - 2011-09-17 17:09

      Not just one of the past Currie Cup champs, but the DEFENDING Currie Cup champs! A really frustrating game as a Sharks supporter. One would think they would have addressed their discipline and defence issues by now....

  • KUNZIE - 2011-09-17 17:01

    Well done Cheetahs,as a Shark supporter I cannot believe how this team can be so inconsistent.Up and down,poor game last week against the Bulls and then this.Breaks my heart as FS are our bogey side.

  • Malcolm - 2011-09-17 17:06

    The Cheetahs deserved the win so well done to them. As a Sharks supporter I am feeling frustrated. Plumtree needs to make some hard decisions and start explaining his selections. Terblanche had a shocker and in fact has done nothing for a while now. I don't understand how he was selected ahead of Ludik. Hoffman was slow and ponderous- you could see he had no clue what to do with the ball. Ross Cronje is better than him I feel. Apart from that, discipline has been an issue all season. Surely they would have addressed that by now? Poor management really. All in all, a rank poor performance by a side that really should be doing better than the trash they dished up! Come on Sharks!

      ChumScrubber - 2011-09-17 17:57

      They were good on attack though. Agree with you on Hoffman, but I saw a different picture of Terreblanche to you?

      Met - 2011-09-17 19:24

      You a Sharks supporter- I would never have thought so. A super star has emerged in the form of 19 yr old Goosen.Not really emerged, but came to his right for those who have followed this young mans career since he was a little boy. He must just continue with what he is doing, and above all, remain humble. In 2 yrs time, he should have some very familiar faces beside him.

  • Pussy - 2011-09-17 17:12

    Now for the Province 3rd team to teach the Bulls 1st team a rugby lesson...perfect end to the day!!!! PRRRRROOOOOOOOVINCE!!!!!!

      BlueRaven - 2011-09-17 20:31

      How did that work out for you? Cheetahs just reminding everybody why you have been CC Champions numerous times. Lions sitting pretty up there! Bulls you beauties! Hats of to you all :)

  • Slapper - 2011-09-17 17:21

    Go Cheetahs. Excellent win Woohoo.

  • ChumScrubber - 2011-09-17 17:47

    Sharks were too hot and cold. Some brilliant tries, but some weak defence later in the game as well. Sharks forever, but today too many Guppy moments - Hoffman takes ages to clear the ball, and our loosies were half asleep in the rucks.

  • Rip van Winkel - 2011-09-17 18:16

    OH @#$%^&*( so sad but i am sure great game...

  • Jarryd - 2011-09-17 19:30

    What do you call a WP player at a final?LOST

  • 722 - 2011-09-17 21:06

    Fish can not swim in the desert. Well done boys. A few tries still laying around on the field. Need to be more direct and clinical. The cup will be back in Bloem.

  • Kleinboet - 2011-09-17 21:48

    Well, my question has been answered: this week it was the hasbeen Sharks who turned up for the game! This was not a very good game. 85 points was scored in total, which shows that not one of these teams knows how to defend properly. Suddenly I have hope for my WP youngsters to better both Cheetahs and Sharks in the coming weeks. OK, OK, we will have to work on our defence as well, but at least we have the excuse that our defence ghuru is doing a fabulous job with the Bokke overseas.

      ChumScrubber - 2011-09-18 07:58

      Shame, and your WP is one of the few "stronger" teams to lose to the Bulls this year ......

      722 - 2011-09-19 21:22

      See you in Cape Town. Nuweland is like home ground for the Cheetas.

  • gmain - 2011-09-18 18:10

    Ouch. Well done Cheetas. Good thing wp lost too.... so weekend is not a total loss.

  • Anneleen - 2011-09-19 08:13

    That scoreline hurts a lot...well done beloved Sharkies will rise again!

  • ALISON - 2011-09-19 12:14

    how many more penalties must Chadwick give away before they drop him?

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