Cheetahs stun Hurricanes

2012-03-31 08:13

Wellington - Cheetahs loosehead prop Coenie Oosthuizen scored two tries including the match-winner as the South Africans came from 21 points down to beat the Hurricanes 47-38 in their Super Rugby clash on Saturday.

Oosthuizen's second try in the 68th minute was one of the most unspectacular of the match but decided a game in which 10 tries were scored and in which flyhalves exchanged 35 points from goalkicks.

The Hurricanes forged a 32-11 lead after 30 minutes, though they spent most of that time buried within their own half and making play from turnovers and goalline-to-goalline counter-attacks.

The Bloemfontein-based Cheetahs stirred into action with three tries in the last six minutes of the half, including Oosthuizen's first which played them into a 32-32 half-time deadlock.

They claimed the lead for the first time in the 45th minute with a penalty to flyhalf Johan Goosen then, after the Hurricanes had drawn level again at 35-35, finally surged away with late tries to props WP Nel and Oosthuizen.

"It was definitely a great victory," Cheetahs captain Adriaan Strauss said. "It was against a very good Hurricanes side and it's a nice way to end the tour (of Australia and New Zealand).

"My guys have got that never say die attitude and so it's a great honour for me to lead them and it's a great place to start building from when we get back home.

"It's very important to us to win on the road. We've got a lot of loyal supporters and this one goes out to them."

The Hurricanes played some outstanding counter-attacking rugby in the first 30 minutes of the match, with almost no territory and only fragments of possession. Hooker Dane Coles scored the opening try after only three minutes and, in a sign of how the match would be played, the Cheetahs struck back quickly with their first try through center Adries Strauss.

Hurricanes fullback Andre Taylor and scrumhalf TJ Perenara then scored tries to give the hosts a 32-11 lead.

But when the Cheetahs' ball retention improved and they began to cut out the handling errors that fed the Hurricanes' counter-attacking style, they progressively took control.

Outstanding fullback Hennie Daniller strode through weak defence for a 34th minute try, winger Ryno Benjamin scored wide out three minutes later and Oosthuizen added a try on half-time that brought the teams level.

The Cheetahs pressed the Hurricanes into their own half through the second spell and held on to possession. From long series of phases and careful buildups, they created tries to Nel in the 55th minute and Oosthuizen in the 68th to clinch their win and deny the Hurricanes more than a single, four-try bonus point.

"We were up on points (after 30 minutes) but we hadn't done a lot with the ball," Hurricanes captain Conrad Smith said. "They were all counter-attack tries but we still had a lot of work to do and they were making all the play.

"That told and to their credit they stuck at it. We didn't get the turnovers that we were getting early in the game and we were sort of chasing the game after that and it wasn't to be."

The result followed the trend of recent high-scoring matches between the Cheetahs and Hurricanes, including last season's clash in Bloemfontein which the 'Canes won 50-47.


Cheetahs: 47 (Coenie Oosthuizen 2, Andries Strauss, Hennie Daniller, Ryno Benjamin, WP Nel tries: Johan Goosen 4 conversions, 3 penalties),

Hurricanes: 38 (Dane Coles, Beauden Barrett, Andre Taylor, T.J. Perenara tries; Beauden Barrett 3 conversions, 4 penalties). HT: 32-32.


15. André Taylor, 14. Cory Jane, 13. Conrad Smith (captain), 12. Charlie Ngatai, 11. Julian Savea, 10. Beauden Barrett, 9. TJ Perenara, 8. Brad Shields, 7. Karl Lowe, 6. Faifili Levave, 5. Jason Eaton, 4. James Broadhurst, 3. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2. Dane Coles, 1. Tristan Moran

Substitutes: 16. Motu Matu'u, 17. Michael Bent, 18. Mark Reddish, 19. Jack Lam, 20. Chris Eaton, 21. Dan Kirkpatrick, 22. Jayden Hayward

15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Ryno Benjamin, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Willie le Roux, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Justin Downey, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 George Earle, 3 WP Nel, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Coenie Oosthuizen

Substitutes: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Andries Ferreira, 19 Ashley Johnson, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Philip Snyman


  • Wilhelm - 2012-03-31 08:18

    Nice one Cheetahs, it was overdue!

      leonard.lightman - 2012-03-31 09:21

      Sadly, the useless Southern Kings are likey to replace them...F**** Id like the kings to prove themselves at currie cup level before daring saying they want to go in superrugby...

      marnusmnorval - 2012-03-31 10:47

      Isak this is about the cheetahs why do you have to make it about the stormers??

      abosch.2002 - 2012-03-31 14:51

      @Isak. pity you didn't continue, you might just have finished school! (or maybe not...)

  • LouisJohannesMyburgh - 2012-03-31 08:20

    Well done Cheetahs that was a nail biter 1st half. Second half was just awesome.Congratulations on a superb win. From a Bulls supporter.

  • odupreez - 2012-03-31 08:20

    Uiteindelik !! - Cheetahs !!!!

  • Peter - 2012-03-31 08:21

    Now thats how rugby should be played! Check out for the widest range of prediction games on the web!

  • leonard.lightman - 2012-03-31 08:24

    AWESOME !!!! Are Daniller and Goosen alright ? They both received tough knocks....Hope everything is fine !!!! The Cheetahs are playing a more beautiful rugby than Wallabies and All blacks united :)

  • Priester - 2012-03-31 08:28

    Congratulations Cheetahs! What a comeback and subsequent well deserved win. Vastrap Oosthuizen had a huge influence and excellent game “step ‘an all”! Goosen made a few stupid mistakes from which he should learn and develop. Blou Bul Groete!!

  • noeline.degee - 2012-03-31 08:31

    Wow!!! That was amazing. And definitely worth waking up so early for. Well done Cheetahs. Dis hoe rugby gespeel word! The Hurricanes are probably still in a state of disbelief after they thought the game was in the bag in the 1st half already. Noord en voort ouens!

  • Pomene - 2012-03-31 08:33

    Great game Cheetahs - you made us proud. Dankie Adriaan en jou manne. Dit was n groot game vir Suid Afrika en laat die manne daar onder weer twee keer dink. Nie goeie game deur Goosen nie maar hy het ook so nou en dan n afdag nodige - veilig terug reis huistoe - GO STORMERS

      Blou-Daan - 2012-03-31 09:24

      Ai Pomene, net toe ek jou n "thumbs-up" wou gee toe sien ek jy se "go stormers" Hehehe, lekker dag vir jou my maat en sterkte vir jou Stormers, maar ek dink nie hulle gaan dit maak nie :-)

  • Skhona - 2012-03-31 08:37

    Who said new zealand conference was the hardest I guess they were fooling themselves SA is hardest thanks to john plumtree by letting you guys know

      EJ - 2012-03-31 13:33

      do your research.Kiwi teams have a slight head to head advantage over our teams so far.

      Skhona - 2012-03-31 15:37

      But why they are struggling to beat the lions and the cheetahs if they're that strong?

  • Jason - 2012-03-31 08:37

    Great game, well done Cheetahs!

  • Lebakeng - 2012-03-31 08:41

    A well deserved victory, well done Cheetahs. from Blue Bulls fan

  • Nemo - 2012-03-31 08:44

    CHEEEEETAAAAAAHHHS!!!!!! Nice game, stop giving me a heart attack first.

  • Stephan - 2012-03-31 08:45

    Well done Cheetahs... Great fight back and you finished well.

  • Nigel - 2012-03-31 08:45

    wowowoww, Well done Cheetahs!!! You deserved it after that fightback, this will sound alarm bells in the NZ conference

  • Morne - 2012-03-31 08:53

    Great game Cheethas!, you are one of a kind team!

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  • hoyingomane - 2012-03-31 09:01

    Well done

  • Blou-Daan - 2012-03-31 09:20

    Baie geluk Cheetahs, julle het daai wen verdien. Ek voel saam met al die Cheetah ondersteuners baie trots op julle. Nou moet die Sharks, Lions en veral die Bulle nog net hulle games wen dan is my naweek gemaak!!!

  • Zion - 2012-03-31 09:51

    Score may look impressive but that 38 points given away will haunt them for a long time and point to a poor defence.

  • ckrohne1 - 2012-03-31 10:02

    I just love them Cheetahs..... Phenomenal win by the guys....Geeeez what a back line they have there and to think traditionally they rugby is all about forward play...

  • thys.bester - 2012-03-31 10:08

    Well Played Boys!...Ek's trots vandag om 'n Cheeta Supporter te wees!

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-03-31 13:08

      Hulle krap my Superbru deurmekaar, maar ek gee nie om nie. Dit sal my leer om teen my span te

  • Stormkaap - 2012-03-31 10:23

    Very impressive by the Cheetahs.. Van Zyl impresses everytime he plays and I think probably the best scrummie in SA on form presently.. pity bout the injury. Adriaan Strauss had a storming game and their lineouts were magnificent. Johnson had another barnstorming game!

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  • Robsschele - 2012-03-31 13:27

    Well done Cheetahs. Great game. But what is the problem with the commentators that side. There was one bloke who kept on saying: For a South African team they drive nice, for a South African team they scrum good, for a SA team they do this good, for a SA team they do that good. For f**k sake do they think a SA team can do nothing well.

      David - 2012-03-31 14:24

      They think we are idiots. Now that the brumbies are playing like us, suddenly the forward approach is wonderful. yet when we do it, it's dull and boring. Well done Cheetahs!!

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  • Ockie - 2012-03-31 16:26

    Well done Cheetahs. You broke the record with the best performance on tour in Oz/NZ by a Cheetah side.

  • Willie - 2012-04-01 05:04

    Wel gedaan; mag dit die begin van vele meer wees!

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