Cape Town - The Cheetahs' 2017/18 PRO14 campaign ended on a disappointing note when they were thumped by the Scarlets in their qualifier clash in Llanelli on Saturday.
The Welsh side won 43-8, having led 24-3 at half-time.
The Cheetahs, who qualified for the playoffs courtesy of finishing third in the PRO14's Conference A, struggled with their away form all season and it was no different on Saturday as they conceded six tries.
The Scarlets, who won last season's PRO12 competition, now advance to an away semi-final against Glasgow Warriors in Scotland.
In Saturday's other playoff match, Irish side Munster beat Scotland's Edinburgh 20-16.
Munster will travel to the RDS Arena to face their compatriots Leinster in the semi-finals.
Tries: Steff Evans (2), Leigh Halfpenny, Tom Prydie, James Davies, Jonathan Evans
Conversions: Halfpenny (2), Rhys Patchell (3)
Try: Clayton Blommetjies
Penalty: Johan Goosen
15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 Tom Prydie, 13 Scott Williams, 12 Hadleigh Parkes, 11 Steff Evans, 10 Rhys Patchell, 9 Gareth Davies, 8 John Barclay, 7 James Davies, 6 Tadhg Beirne, 5 Steve Cummins, 4 Lewis Rawlins, 3 Samson Lee, 2 Ken Owens (captain), 1 Rob Evans
Substitutes: 16 Ryan Elias, 17 Wyn Jones, 18 Werner Kruger, 19 Aaron Shingler, 20 Will Boyde, 21 Jonathan Evans, 22 Dan Jones, 23 Steff Hughes
15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 William Small-Smith, 13 Francois Venter (captain), 12 Niel Marais, 11 Sibahle Maxwane, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Uzair Cassiem, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Rynier Bernardo, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Ox Nche
Substitutes: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Charl Marais, 18 Tom Botha, 19 Reniel Hugo, 20 Henco Venter, 21 Zee Mkhabela, 22 Clinton Swart, 23 Lloyd Greeff