Cheetahs claim famous victory

2011-05-14 20:49

The Cheetahs caused the upset of the weekend with a 33-20 win over the Crusaders in their Super Rugby clash in Bloemfontein.

The Bloemfontein franchise secured their third ever consecutive win over one of the competition’s log leaders with flyhalf Sias Ebersohn playing a pivotal role in the famous victory.

The Cheetahs did well from the outset to close Crusaders centre Sonny Bill Williams’ space down, giving the Crusaders' playmaker little room to create magic on attack.

The hosts opened the scoring with Ebersohn slotting over a penalty a few moments after the start of the match.

Crusaders flyhalf Dan Carter missed in his attempt at the posts moments later, but soon afterwards the visitors scored the first try of the match.

The Cheetahs defense held strongly until the ninth minute when Robbie Freuen broke through the line to load off to Crusaders fullback Zac Guildford on his outside, with Guyildford going over for the try.

Carter converted the try to give the Crusaders a four point lead.

Despite a strong attacking performance in the opening moments of the match the Cheetahs lost too many balls at the contact area.

The Cheetahs, however, got onto the front foot from a Riaan Viljoen kick which was fielded by Sarel Pretorius.

The hosts secured quick ball from the breakdown with Ashley Johnson sending a long pass to Robert Ebersohn who stepped inside to score.

His twin brother converted the try to level the score shortly before the first quarter of the match.

The Cheetahs flyhalf was the standout player on the night with pinpoint tactical kicking and near flawless goal kicking performance.

It should be noted that the Cheetahs forwards were dominant enough to keep the pressure off their flyhalf.

The home team ignored one of the golden rules in rugby not to fall for a dummy when Dan Carter sold one to the Cheetahs defense for his try, five minutes before the break.

Carter converted his own try to give his team a one point lead going into the halftime break.

After the interval Sias Ebersohn continued his fine form with a penalty in the 50th minute and minutes later he confirmed his class with a converted try of his own.

With a 26-17 lead the Cheetahs' confidence grew at a steady pace as they kept the Crusaders from their goal line.

The Crusaders only added only three points in the second half through a penalty kick from Mathew Berquist who substituted Carter.

With seven minutes left in the match, standout forward Ashley Johnson scored an intercept try after the Crusaders fumbled the ball on attack.

The visitors attacked valiantly in the dying moments of the match, but the resurgent Cheetahs' team defense held to secure a famous win for the long suffering central South African team.



15. Riaan Viljoen, 14. Riaan Smit, 13. Robert Ebersohn, 12. Corné Uys, 11. Rayno Benjamin, 10. Sias Ebersohn, 9. Sarel Pretorius, 8. Davon Raubenheimer, 7. Ashley Johnson, 6. Heinrich Brussow, 5. Wilhelm Steenkamp, 4. Francois (FS) Uys, 3. WP Nel, 2. Adriaan Strauss (Captain), 1. Coenie Oosthuizen

Replacements: 16. Ryno Barnes, 17. Lourens Adriaanse, 18. Waltie Vermeulen, 19. Kabamba Floors, 20. Tewis de Bruyn, 21. Naas Olivier, 22. Hennie Daniller

15 Tom Marshall, 14 Robbie Fruean, 13 Ryan Crotty, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Zac Guildford, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Willi Heinz, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (captain), 6 George Whitelock, 5 Chris Jack, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Ben Franks

Substitutes: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Joe Wheeler, 19 Matt Todd, 20 Steve Alfeld, 21 Matt Berquist, 22 Brent Ward


  • Black Beauty - 2011-05-14 20:53

    Well played Cheetahs

      mike - 2011-05-15 02:40

      Yeah what a game and well done guys. This result added to the Stormers one has seriously opened up the competition! Some awesome rugby waiting to be dished up in the remaining weeks.

      Makutu - 2011-05-15 20:01

      For many weeks I have been preaching to people that they muct watch the Ebersohns... I still say that Josias Ebersohn is the best flyhalf in the country. Much better than Lambie and Peter Grant. Let's not even mention Morné Steyn. I just hope that The Blue Bulls don't buy Josias and make him into a kick and chase flyhalf. His twin Robert isn't too bad either... WELLDONE CHEETAHS!

      Raymond - 2011-05-15 21:12

      Yes,they played very good VRYSTAAT rugby.They took a grip from the beginning and did'nt stand back.I really enjoyed every moment and especially a win for the 'tahs.What a game for young Sias.We have another de Wet Ras in the making.From a Stormer.

      Makutu - 2011-05-15 21:46

      You know what guys. I think that Peter de Villiers' comments on Sonny Bill Williams might have affected his game on Saturday. lol! Just maybe. hehehehehehehehe... Nicely played by the Cheetahs!

  • Lennox - 2011-05-14 20:54

    A big thank you guys..........from all the Stormers supporters here in Cape Town!!!!!!!!! You guys have a huge talent in Sias Ebersohn, makings of a great flyhalf.

      CITIZEN - 2011-05-14 21:10

      maybe the next springbok together with lambie and grant or steyn

      Benny66 - 2011-05-15 10:11

      I agree - a scintilating game! Well done Vrystaaat! I didn't see the Lions game but well done to them too. G8 to see our lower order teams com thru! From a Capey

      Hayden - 2011-05-15 19:57

      And not forgetting Ashley Johnson

      Wimpie - 2011-05-16 07:43

      Just hoping the the Stormers does not decide to buy one of them...

      Andre - 2011-05-16 13:45

      @Heyden. That man was my man of the match. Fantastic game from him.

  • Jody Hahn - 2011-05-14 20:58

    Awesome Boys!

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  • cupid1984 - 2011-05-14 21:00

    Stormers and Crusaders=choke

      cupid1984 - 2011-05-14 21:16

      you just stated the obvious by not spelling my name correctly ...stupid

      Cadder - 2011-05-14 22:10

      Mate, how did you manage to drag the Stormers into a game between the Cheetahs and Crusaders? Couldn't you find another article from today's matches to comment about the Stormers?

      Beedyeye - 2011-05-15 11:49


      Creeky - 2011-05-15 12:27

      Stormers looks like a Bishops 3rd team!

      Mike Webber - 2011-05-15 14:32

      @ Creeky Don't insult Bishops 3rd team ...

      jontheb - 2011-05-15 19:08

      Listen up you ungrateful twat - if the stormers hadn't moered the crap out of them last week, they would have bliksemed you lot...the least you can do is say thank you!

      Jan - 2011-05-16 11:23

      Skitterend Cheetahs. Van 'n Stormer ondersteuner.

      Jan - 2011-05-16 11:27

      @Cadder. Well said. They have an inferiority complex when it comes to the Stormers.

      Ockert - 2011-05-16 11:50

      @jontheb - the Cheetahs played a far stronger team than the Stomers did.

  • David - 2011-05-14 21:00

    Vrystaat!!!!!!!!!! For my kiwi friends that means " Cheetahs - good on you"

      Black Beauty - 2011-05-14 21:09

      Thanks for the translation, I wanted the Saders to win but the Cheetahs played better and deserved the win, oh well. Now I can go to sleep and have nightmares.... 7am here in NZ

      Cadder - 2011-05-14 21:12

      @ David: congrats! @ Black Beauty: I guess I'm heading for nightmares also after the Stormers' non-performance against the Chiefs!

  • antonbar - 2011-05-14 21:02

    Bwa-ha-ha! The lowly Cheetahs did what the Bulls, and especially those legends in their own minds, the Chokers, sorry the Stormers, couldn't do. Well done! Now to get some of the Cheetahs into the RWC squad, instead the vastly overrated Stormers has-beens.

      rugby_guru - 2011-05-14 21:08

      Wise words, just cheetahs fitness that needs some work

      Lord Haw-Haw - 2011-05-14 21:14

      @antonbar, look at the log retard

      antonbar - 2011-05-14 21:20

      @Lord Haw-Haw. Logs mean f..all. I'd rather look at the trophy cabinet at Newlands, which has been empty for the past decade, and will be empty again come October 2011. Say it slowly, savouring it all the way: "C...H...O....K....E...R...S!"

      burtfred - 2011-05-14 21:41


      Jared - 2011-05-15 00:02

      I can't fathom how you can be retarded enough to call the Stormers chokers. 1 Super14 final, and 1 Currie Cup final and you wanna tag them chokers? Also, last time I checked, the last time they played each other the Stormers owned the Cheetahs, so I wouldn't be so quick to call them overrated either. Next time you wanna make silly comments like that, at least do it on a relevant blog. This blog is about the Cheetahs, who should be congratulated on a great win, and the Crusaders.

      BardofAvon - 2011-05-15 04:13

      @Jared: As you correctly point out, this article is about the fabulous Cheetahs win (congratulations to them a thousand times over!) but I'm afraid the Stormers are starting to pick up the choker tag. There is no question that they choked against the Crusaders. As a neutral spectator that was very clear to me. Choking is not about winning or losing - it's about losing a game you should have won. Which is exactly what the Stormers did Saturday against the Crusaders, and exactly what the Cheetah's didn't do yesterday. BMT for SA teams, in order: 1. Bulls. 2. Cheetahs. 3. Sharks. 4. Stormers (last 2 maybe the other way round). Without BMT you cannot win this compo, no matter how good you are. If the Stormers and Sharks want to fix their choking problems the first thing they need to do is to admit that they have them. Choking denial is an even wors affliction than choking itself - just look at the poor protears, who have now entered choking folklore, even though their players are magnificent.

      Mike Webber - 2011-05-15 14:34

      @ Bardo ... That order is about right. Teams are correctly labelled 'chokers' when they have no BMT. Bulls I do think lead the way. My Sharks always choke, sad to say, but Stormers are right with them at the moment. I think the Province Pooftas have had the best part of their season now, it's all downhill from here ...

      Jason - 2011-05-15 15:20

      @Bard. I am a Sharks supporter and unfortunately I have to agree. Sharks have to be the strongest Super Rugby team who have never won the comp. Sharks are the only team to have played and lost 4 Super Rugby finals!!! Stormers seem to be following in the same vein. Bulls and Cheetahs have MUCH better BMT.

  • Grunk - 2011-05-14 21:02

    Cheetahs you were brilliant. Ashley Johnson really was the best of a very good bunch. One point, we all now know why McCaw is/has been the world's best flank - he's a chameleon - he has to be because how else couldn't Bryce Lawrence see him spending all his time lieing and standing on our side of the rucks - at one stage when we were winning the ball he was directing traffic from our flyhalf position ? And as for Skinstad saying he thought that McCaw didn't actually know where he was - that had to be the most pathetic comment I've ever heard..

      Steve Wonderboy - 2011-05-14 21:26

      Everybody but the ref's know that McCaw is a cheat. He's been getting away with murder for years already. I'm only surprised the Aussies haven't called for an inquiry yet. That is what they're normally good at.

      Neville - 2011-05-14 22:51

      McCaw cannot cheet on the cheetas well said Grunk

      Maybe - 2011-05-15 10:15

      Mc Caw has just come back from a concussion maybe that's what Skinstad meant.

      Juggernaut - 2011-05-15 17:58

      McCawCaw is the not only a cheat, he defends cheating and in fact encourages it. NZ love him: speaks to who they are as a nation.

  • Wagga - 2011-05-14 21:07

    Give those Cheetahs boys some BELLS.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-15 08:13

      Give them cases of Johnny Walker Blue Label mate!!!!

  • rugby_guru - 2011-05-14 21:07

    Well done, i said cheetahs by 20 if that last try just finished off would have had the money ;)

  • Cadder - 2011-05-14 21:08

    Brilliant, Cheetahs!!! Showed a lot of guts, and that got you the glory! Good to see Brussouw back - he is a must for the Boks. Hoping his injury isn't bad. And Sarel Pretorius is playing good rugby weekend after weekend. Must AT LEAST be the number 2 scrummie in SA, and I'm being generous to Fourie du Preez. Ashley Johnson also played a massive game, not to mention the Ebersohn's. I guess they all played brilliantly!

      Durasmart - 2011-05-14 21:49

      WP Nel is also a must for the WC. He is by far the strongest tighthead prop we have in the country at the moment.

  • Andy49 - 2011-05-14 21:10

    Well blow me over Scotty, what a week-end for upsets; Stormers play kak & blow their 17 pt half time lead vs Chiefs, Lions eventually win a Super Rugby game, in Aussie nogal, Cheetahs bt 'Saders & deny them a bonus point, ManShitty win the FA cup, now all we need to complete a good week for upsets is for the DA to increase the number of municipalities it controls. Big up to The Cheetahs, could they possibly be the bogey team that make the semis this year?

      Cadder - 2011-05-14 21:15

      @Andy: if the DA can do that, it would be great indeed :-)

  • Howzitekse - 2011-05-14 21:16

    Fantastic game FS Chetahs. If they had not been robbed by rubbish reffereeing in 1 or 2 of their earlier games (they outclassed the Bulls, but were robbed), they would have been well placed on the log. A team win, but Johnson has once more produced a game of quality that is truly world class, and Sias Ebersohn was brilliant.

      swiq.louis - 2011-05-15 13:42

      @Howzitekse - The Cheetahs were robbed by bad selection (Olivier above Sias). Had Sias played form the start of the competition, the Cheetahs would have been in the top 6!

  • DikWielFiets - 2011-05-14 21:17

    Gooi Mielies!!!!! Vryyssstaaaaatttt!!!!

  • Kleinboet - 2011-05-14 21:17

    Well done. Cheetahs! Wish my team (Stormers) played with the same dedication in that second half!

      Jan - 2011-05-14 21:48

      @Kleinboet. Stem saam met jou. Ek is gatvol vir my Stormers span, maar verheug oor die ander SA spanne, veral die Lions en Cheetahs. Die Cheetahs was spesiaal.

      Cadder - 2011-05-14 21:59

      Amen to that! Looking at how flat-footed the Crusaders looked late in the second half, I am starting to appreciate how much the game at Newlands last weekend took out of the Crusaders and the Stormers. Maybe it is part of what happened to the Stormers also today. Don't get me wrong - I'm not looking for excuses. Cheetahs and Chiefs absolutely deserved their hard-earned victories!

  • Daniel - 2011-05-14 21:22

    Great to check our two younger #10's in Ebersohn and Jantjies having such great games today, Cronje at Stormers wasnt bad in previous weeks he played either. Takes the mind away from the old Steyn, Grant and Lambie saga a bit

      BardofAvon - 2011-05-15 04:19

      Daniel - totally agreed. Eberson & Co. are sure keeping Morne honest.

      Makutu - 2011-05-15 20:14

      Totally agreed... That's what I've been telling people all along. Those Ebersohn brothers are very very good indeed. Lambie isn't that bad. But Grant and Steyn are totally out of the picture! TOTALLY!

  • BULLPRET - 2011-05-14 21:40

    Well done Cheetahs. A well deserved win by a South African team.

  • Stephen - 2011-05-14 21:45


  • Shalom - 2011-05-14 21:50

    Bob Skinstad HATES SOUTH AFRICAN TEAMS HEY!! everything that came out of his mouth tonite was praise to the crusaders!!!and this guy played for sa!!

      dante - 2011-05-14 22:42

      does praising you opponents mean hating your own team?

      mike - 2011-05-15 02:42

      Try listening to Stransky doing a Bulls game, never has anything good to say about them even when they score 7 tries!

      BardofAvon - 2011-05-15 04:26

      @ Shalon and mike: True. Skinstad tries to be all things to all people, instead of being true to himself, thus wastes everbody's time. And yes, Stranksy is at best "dispassionate" when he comments on the Bulls. Naas Botha is the king of the comment-makers. Have you heard in the studio how the others say "ek stem saam met Naas.."? (I know that this is a digression from the article at hand, but this is Africa hey. Eish!)

      oner3116 - 2011-05-15 08:55

      For your info, Stransky is a Bulls supporter. A while back on Superbru, he supported the Bulls. He probably tries to hard not to be biast, unlike Skinstad and Naas.

      MB1810 - 2011-05-16 11:50

      Haha - I don't think Bob hates us, but he and Joel seem to be competing for a job at Foxsport, because NZ and Aus teams never seem to do much wrong when they are commentating.

      Howzitekse - 2011-05-17 01:48

      I disagree with you Shalom. Bobby calls it as he sees it, as a professional should. I enjoy the NZ comentators for the same reason. They aften give credit to SA and Aus players. Shows they love the game. The Aus comentators by contrast are always derogatory toward SA players and Refs

  • Crusaderinvader - 2011-05-14 22:17

    I knew this game could be a tricky one for us..well done Cheetahs you deserved the win...could be SA top side in a year or two!!!

      Cadder - 2011-05-14 22:35

      Unfortunately the Cheetahs (and Free State) continue to lose their best players to the more affluent provinces. Yet they continue to produce a steady stream of good players.

      dante - 2011-05-14 22:39

      unfortunately not.doesnt have the money to keep their players.

      Ockie - 2011-05-15 07:59

      Yep. The bigger unions will or have already contacted the Ebesohns and Oosthuizen and their likes. I bet the Bulls are also sorry about losing Adriaan Strauss as the Sharks would be over Andries Strauss. Well done Cheetas ... keep on developing these kind of players for SA.

      Shorts1 - 2011-05-15 08:14

      Grey College, Bloemfontein. The natural fountain of youthful development producing a never ending supply of talented world class rugby players, including those that don't play for the Cheetahs.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-15 08:19

      @Cadder - Dante: It might not be so easy for other unions to poach anymore. The Toyota sponsorship the Cheetahs have is on a par with ALL the bigger unions sponsorships. They will have to start fighting a little harder to keep their players, and ensure that their player contracts are 100%.

      Angelique - 2011-05-15 16:41

      @ SAFACAT, even though Toyata is paying more, there isn't really any opportunities in FS after rugby and that is why most players leave FS - it is really a shame! I recon if the FS could buy back all their players i.e. both Steyns, the DuP brothers, Pienaar and and and they would be the best team in SA for a long time to come BUT it is fantastic to see the new talent comming through in FS. BTW, yes Grey contributes to a lot of the FS palyers but don't through away schools like San Du Plesis, JBM Hertzog, Welkom Gym etc, all big schools with a very big rugga culture! Great win my Cheetahs!

  • Makutu - 2011-05-14 22:27

    What have I been telling you about THE EBERSOHNS'

      BardofAvon - 2011-05-15 04:27

      Yes, they probably had the best day of their lives. Well deserved too. Wishing them a great future.

  • Quintin - 2011-05-14 22:32

    Has it ever happened that the Cheetahs and the Lions won on the same weekend? Its gonna snow!

  • GraemeBB - 2011-05-14 22:33

    WELL DONE CHEETAHS!! A word of warning to my Bulls, the Stormers and Sharks - these boys can come out and spoil things. They have grown, and look damn dangerous. Again, Johnson, Sarel, Ebersohn brothers looked great. The team's defence was upto scratch, and therefore we saw a different result to what was expected. Gee, PDivvy will have to take a good look at his talent pool.

      Cadder - 2011-05-14 22:37

      Could not have said it any better.

      dante - 2011-05-14 22:45

      one swallow doesn't make a summer

      BardofAvon - 2011-05-15 04:28

      Yes, GraemeBB... and they have BMT (Bulls Match Temperament)...

      Robschele - 2011-05-15 14:42

      Yes. The Cheetahs always surprise and beat my team, The Stormers, when it's the least expected. And the Lions always deny them a bonus point when it's all they need to go into semi's.

  • nohorse - 2011-05-14 22:34

    Tonight I'll drink my whisky on the Cheetahs. Well done boys!!

  • Neville - 2011-05-14 22:46

    Well done Cheetas excellent game

  • !!Vrystaat!! - 2011-05-14 23:00

    Dankie Vrystaat, julle het my hart so bly gemaak, in die begin was ek so gespanne kon nie eers eet nie, maar julle het kop gehou en was BAIE gefokus. Goed om te sien julle kan dit deurdruk die volle 80 minute ! VRYSTAAAAAT !!!

      john.swanepoel - 2011-05-14 23:08

      Jy kan baie trots wees op jou span. Hulle het Uitstekend gespeel! Ek wens net my span (Stormers) kon ook so gespeel het vandag. Maar nou ja, die cheetahs wen het darem my dag beter gemaak!!

  • Crusader Man - 2011-05-14 23:23

    well played Cheetahs, you deserved the win.. You defended really well and unfortunately the Crusader's couldn't pull it off.. Not too worried from a Crusaders point of view as there were players playing in this game who aren't even in our squad. Bit tough to expect these players to jump right in and be match winners... Will be worried if we dont get back our other players very soon.. Cos some of these guys just aren't good enough.. Again WELL DONE CHEETAH'S you deserved the win..For those dicks who say that Crusaders are chokers and the stormers as well.. Get a life you dropkicks..

      GraemeBB - 2011-05-15 10:59

      @Crusader Man - I dont want to take any shine from the Cheetahs, but I think that the Saders were looking very flat, and had none of the flair, nor structure I have come to expect of them this year. Their injuries taking a toll? You must agree, the Cheetahs are looking very good, with some great talents showing their poyential. I think that they may be a handful for the top 3 teams in SA, as we all have a game left against them. I am sure your boys will bounce back quickly.

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-05-15 14:31

      @Graeme...I think you are right! I fear the Stormers game against them in the last game of the round robin more than any of their other remaining games. Cheetahs are playing great rugby at the moment. We need to forget about the injury excuse...all teams have to live with it at some stage or other.

      GraemeBB - 2011-05-15 15:53

      @Mike - injuries has been used as an excuse, eg. Lambie and Grant. To be honest, as a supporter, it matters. But what does the score board and the log read? And that is the bottom line. This is where a team that wants to win the S15 needs depth. So, yes, every team has injuries, and they need to deal with it.

      Crusader Man - 2011-05-15 22:46

      @Graeme BB.. Yes you are very correct with your statemnets about Crusaders and i also agree with the Cheetahs possibly upsatging your big 3 teams.. was difficult for us because 4 players they put in the 22.. were not even in our squad.. hiding to nothing.. Crotty was in team last year.. big step up from club footy tho.. Mind you as long as we make the top 6 we should have most of the team back by playoff time. Hoping that most of them will be back for Reds in 2 weeks time.. Wouldnt worry about your boys. Think they will take care of the Sharks ok.. Cheetahs could be a team of the future for SA rugby.. Didnt know many of there players at all.. good sign i reckon

  • George van der Merwe - 2011-05-14 23:26

    Haak Vrystaat. Adriaan and the Manne did brilliantly. Ashley, you're a brute. Sias, you and your bro are worth gold! Actually, everyone had a good game. Sorry about the hamstring Heinrich. Go Cheetahs.

  • Drewka - 2011-05-14 23:37

    Hey guys, I’m a Die Hard Skarks supporter living in Bloemfontein and i can only say WOW. I think the Sharks, Bulls and Stormers could get a few tips from the Cheetahs about BMT. Fighting spirit that only we boertjies are known for and boy did they fight till the bitter end. They played full 80min of hard South African rugby. Not even McCaw or Carter knew what hit them until the final whistle. We all know that the Cheetahs camp are the breeding ground of Springbok rugby, and yes, a few of that guys put up their hands tonight for the green and gold. Well done!!!

  • WildWeb - 2011-05-14 23:38

    Well done Cheetahs, it shows they can be beaten. It was painful to see Crusader fans cheering after the win against the Stormers. They must be very quiet now !

  • WildWeb - 2011-05-14 23:40

    Well done Cheetahs, shows they can be beaten. It was painful to see the Crusader fans after the Stormers loss. They must be very quiet now !

      Crusader Man - 2011-05-15 00:14

      @ wildweb why would we be quiet. We lost thats life. Think most teams would have beaten us today.. Its difficult when you have 15 playrs out injured. When you call 4 players from club rugby straight into the squad when they don't know the systems etc.. But hopefully the top players will be back soon.. Well done Cheetahs deserved there win.. No reason to get sour about it.. Its only a game :-)

      Black Beauty - 2011-05-15 07:21

      @WildWeb, hang on a minute mate, I'm a full on Sader supporter and disappointed our boys lost but if you look at my previous posts you'll notice that I congratulated the Cheetahs in their well deserved win. I'd rather watch an actioned packed game and lose than a boring game and win. The Cheetahs played magnificently. Congrats Cheetahs

  • Jared - 2011-05-15 00:10

    I really don't wanna detract from a great and deserved win by the Cheetahs, but it just baffles me how people are all of the sudden proclaiming them to be the second coming to SA rugby. All of the sudden the Cheetahs camp is the breeding ground for SA rugby, Sarel Pretorius is the 2nd best scrumhalf in the country after Fourie, and WP Nel MUST play in the WC. I wonder where these comments were when the Cheetahs' defense was about as loose as a hooker's knickers? And then for all those harping on about the Stormers: form is temporary, class is eternal. Ever heard of that saying?

      Drewka - 2011-05-15 09:46

      @Jared.....Andre Joubert, Gysie Pienaar, Helgard Muller, Naka Drotski, Olie le roux, Brendon Venter, Rassie Erasmus, Jannie de Beer, Juan Smith, Bismark & Jannie du Plessis, CJ van der Linde, Os du Rant, Brendon Venter, Frans Steyn, Ruan Pienaar, Morne Steyn.... to name a few.... Rather go comment on the soccer website....

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-05-15 14:37

      You are talking nonsense Jared - Pretorius has been the best scrummie this whole season so far and most of the intellectuals have been commenting on it for weeks now. Yes, the Cheetahs have been loose for most of the season, but they seem to have their act together now! The next couple of games will tell us if that is so.

      molefeP - 2011-05-15 17:20

      Can you imagine Sarel behind a pack that is on the front foot? He is head and shoulders above Fourie at this stage.

      mike - 2011-05-15 23:04

      Sarel head and shoulders aboue Fourie this season. Lol, if you can teach him how to tackle we can talk but before then I wouldn't even take him to the WC. In fact would be shocked to see him get the call even if his form continues. WC srummies will be Fourie, Pienaar and Houguard.

      Maarten - 2011-05-16 07:29

      @Mike, Fourie and Pienaar. Yes, and more is the pity. Neither of them will be there because4 they deserve to be. Both are way over the hill.

      MB1810 - 2011-05-16 12:09

      To be honest the Freestate probably is the breeding ground of SA rugby, most players get poached at a young age by the larger Unions though. Anyway - I actually thought the Cheetahs' first try was a bit lucky and if I were the ref I'd have blown a penalty to the Crusaders for Viljoen playing Guilford in the air. Regardless, the Ebersohns were magic on the day and Sarel Pretorius has a right to feel hard done by, if he is not selected as SA's second string No.9 this season, he has been the one thing in the Cheetahs team that has been consistantly good this season. Johnson was good too, but he's one of those fellows that dissapear when they are required to step up. I really hope the cheetahs' good form continues, and that the last 3 weeks have not just been a fluke. goodness knows, SA can do with another competitve team in the competition.

  • crocowild - 2011-05-15 00:38

    Great win by the Cheetahs.

  • springbokke - 2011-05-15 02:10

    What a good weekend for S.A. rugby.............

  • Bokstar - 2011-05-15 03:08

    Congratulations Cheetahs! Well done! Best of luck for the rest of the season

  • Taupstar - 2011-05-15 04:49

    you bok fans are out of it, just cause the cheetahs won doesnt mean entry into the boks squad, its about consistancy not win one and lose five if ya get my drift, all good teams have ther off days !!! a good team beat a team of champions, comps not over by a mile, a win is a win, but a loss will bring u back to earth ! arnolds 1 line represents this phrase crusaders will be back !!!

  • Black Falcon - 2011-05-15 06:18

    The Crusaders lost because they didn't have those toothless, tik smoking, back stabbing, anti-Stormers supporters cheering for them. You see what happens when your own people cheer for you? You win your home matches. Go Cheetahs, well done. Hope all those anti-Stormers Kiwi loving Capetonians hides their faces in shame.

      Black Beauty - 2011-05-15 07:27

      Hang on mate, that sounds a tad patronising for the Cheetahs only wining because of the crowd support giving excuses why they won. I'm a Sader fan from way back and the Cheetahs simply played better with more flair and that's the sole reason why the won and deservedly so. Theirs no shame losing to a better team on the day.

      Black Falcon - 2011-05-15 10:09

      A team normally performs better when they have good crowd support and that's exactly why the All Blacks and Crusaders play well at Newlands, because they actually have a fan base there. Not taking anything away from the Cheetahs though, they have been playing good rugby this year. Hope the Cheetahs' supporters will come back now and we'll see fuller stadiums in Bloemfontein.

      Kaapie - 2011-05-15 11:07

      When I looked at the amount of supporters in the Free state stadium it is an indicment on rugby in that province that so FEW supprorters turn up to watch them play. Falcon dont talk crap about Stormers support. Probably the best supported side in the competition

      Robynsky - 2011-05-15 11:33

      the cheetahs won because Brussow made Mcaw look plain and one game later SBW was closed down. Cheetahs won good ball upfront and more ball to work with. 1st rule, you have to rule upfront. 2nd rule if you have possession and look after it, you have to take control because the other teams does not have the ball. Free state did an excellent job. SBW had no room to move, made very little impact. "Snor hope you were watching"

      Black Falcon - 2011-05-15 12:50

      Kaapie, I don't think you're understanding what I'm trying to say. I know that Stormers/WP has got the best support, but there are also many Cape supporters for the All Blacks/Crusaders. How many All Black/Crusaders supporters will you see at Loftus or the Shark tank? Not that many, if any. Now how many Stormers supporters will there be in Canterbury when the Stormers play there? Now what I'm saying is the All Blacks/Crusaders know that there is a big fan base for them, and hence that's why they always perform well there. If everyone from the Cape supported their team, the Stormers might win there every time. Just look at the Reds... their 11th straight win at Suncorp stadium.

      swiq.louis - 2011-05-15 13:48

      @Kaapie - Only when they win mate...

      Jason - 2011-05-15 15:32

      @Black falcon, I think its a bit of a stretch to blame the Crusaders loss on the lack of supporters ... but I do agree with you on one thing: those Kiwi supporting anti-stormers are traitorous scum and should support their own team or stop supporting rugby!

      Black Falcon - 2011-05-16 06:24

      @Jason... Absolutely, they don't deserve to be called Rugby fans.

      Marcell - 2011-05-16 07:24

      Can you really blame 'those toothless, tik smoking, back stabbing, papsak sucking anti-Stormers supporters' for not supporting the sompies? I can't.

      Black Falcon - 2011-05-16 16:16

      lol....... papsak sucking anti-Stormers. Where does the sompies come from?

  • !!Vrystaat!! - 2011-05-15 07:45

    I believe that the Cheetahs have showed how SBW can become a liability instead of a asset, his style of play has been turned against him and resulted in penalties or turnovers. If every time starts doing that to him he is in for a short career if he does not adapts in some way when he gets overrun with defense like that ?

      MB1810 - 2011-05-17 08:14

      Agreed, this was probably the first game this season where SBW did not make an impact.

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-15 07:56

    @Wagga - wherever you are dude, I hope you are nursing the MOTHER of all hangovers :) What a win!!!!!!! I couldn't watch the game, but will watch it today. Incredible result! It sounds as though the young Ebersohns just upped their player value bigtime. If I were you I would start emailing the Free State mafia (Harold and Co) ordering them to keep those brothers at all costs. Believe me, the Sharks are already moving in! Enjoy the hangover! Congrats!

  • Shorts1 - 2011-05-15 08:05

    Well done guys - fantastic performance. Was this Sonny Bill Williams actually on the field at any stage during the game - did n't notice him at all. If he was, hopefully Div has made notes on how to effectively 'neutralise' him.

      Beedyeye - 2011-05-15 11:53

      Div can't chew bubble gum and say SBW at the same time!

  • oner3116 - 2011-05-15 08:44

    Dammit, now half of the the Cheetahs will probably play for the Bulls or Sharks next year. Well done Sias, you had a nice run with the Cheetahs/

      Serias - 2011-05-15 09:05

      Jip, Free State is the rugby nerve centre of the country. In the next couple of years all these local rugby stars will be playing for other provinces because of those province's lack of developing their own talent. Sias and Robert will prob end up with the Sharks and Coenie and WP Nel at the bulls or Stormers. Hopefully the new sponsor can prevent this, can you imagine how nervous the other franchises will get if the Cheetahs can manage to keep their pool of players for the next 3-5 years.

  • Laserguided - 2011-05-15 08:47

    I think everyone cheering for other SA teams should start worrying about the Cheetahs and not the Sharks, Stormers, Bulls, Saders and Reds ;-)

  • Carl Muller - 2011-05-15 08:51

    You did it. Best game of the day. I never expected this! Congratulations to the Cheetahs. Once you are on a winning streak little will stop you. Bulls forever.

  • Serias - 2011-05-15 08:57

    Just hope that blind coach they call PDivvy realises: Sarel Pretorius miles better than Chubby Januarie. Sias way better than Elton Jantjies. Riaan Viljoen way better than Kirchner. Ashley J on current form miles better than overrated Spies. Bit I guess, once a stupid asswipe, always an asswipe.

      Beedyeye - 2011-05-15 11:57

      It doesn't work like that chap. Twakkie has to do as he is told and ability has nothing to do with it, that is are why he are is the koatch, see!!!!!!!!!!!!! Does anybody take that Muppet seriously?

      MB1810 - 2011-05-16 12:25

      I agree that Pretorius is better than Januarie, but then again, so are most highschool no.9's. I'd be very surprised however if pretorius is selected for the WC. Fourie will most likely go, Pienaar will go as no.9/utility back and Januarie will go, because he was friends with Div's dog as a kid, who knows the reasoning of that man. Sias and Elton are both doing extremely well right now, but I would not feel comfortable taking either of them to the world cup, so I don't really care which is better at the moment. I dislike Kirchner immensely and fullback for me is wide open. Spies is a machine though, but I think he needs a attitude adjustment, he needs to carry the ball from deeper to get the momentum going and he needs to realise tackling is just as big a part of his job as running. Johnson was good on the weekend, but he is one of those players who dissapear when it is expected of him to step up. At the moment Kankowski and vermeulen are probably the best 8th men in SA.

  • ebdg3000 - 2011-05-15 09:47

    I thought Johnson should've been Man of the Match. Has anybody noticed how empty all the stadiums are? Don't think this new Conference style Super 15 is going down to well with spectators. Too complicated? Too many games? Entry fees too expensive?

      Maybe - 2011-05-15 10:34

      Sorry to say but that is a problem with all teams,,,, all but the Stormers that is they still have record crowds despite 11 lean years.

      darkwing - 2011-05-15 11:07

      I agree with you. Mainly I think people don't have the money to go to every game. They will rather wait to see if their team makes it to the final stages and then go.

      Ockie - 2011-05-15 11:29

      The problem is that it seems as if the Aussie bosses rule Super Rugby. The new conference plan suits them perfectly. In the past couple of years, the SA teams got the better of their overseas partners and now SA teams play 4 games on the trot 11.000 km away from home and their counterparts from NZ?Aus only 2 games.

      Marcell - 2011-05-15 12:13

      Dis al wat daar te doen is in Slaapstad.

      MB1810 - 2011-05-16 12:36

      I agree with the conference system not drawing spectators - I can go see a Sharks vs Bulls game in the Curry Cup and pay half the price of a Super 15 ticket for the same game. I've not been to one match this year, I used to pick games where I get to see All Black and Wallaby players too, but with all the local derby games there is just not as many inter-conference games to choose from.

  • duncan.willis - 2011-05-15 10:19

    Well done Cheetahs! You have shown the rest of South Africa that the best of New Zealand can be beaten.

  • Johan Kruger - 2011-05-15 10:44

    Very good Cheetahs! Unfortunately my Stormers team dissapointed me.

  • pcpcoetzee89 - 2011-05-15 11:33

    Ashley Johnson definitley the best nr 8 right now in South Africa - the man is simply SUBLIME! Work rate massive, hungry and eager, tackle like a demon, powerful on the drive! Sorry SPIES, sorry VERMEULEN, sorry KANKOWSKI ... JOHNSON is the man!!! And i am a true BULL supporter ... just for the record.

  • Robynsky - 2011-05-15 11:38

    did anyone notice in both the bulls game and the Stormers game yesterday one a few occasions we had centres and full backs trying to do the "SBW short offload" mostly it was a disaster but the move is being used by alot of teams now. draw in two defenders and then do a short off load to a fast running player... look out for it.