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As it happened: Cheetahs 24 - 45 Highlanders

2015-05-16 18:30
Last Updated at 15:44
16 May 20:56
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Cheetahs 24 Highlanders 45

16 May 20:55
80' - All over in Bloemfontein and the Highlanders have run out comfortable winners.
16 May 20:51
78' - One last chance for the Cheetahs to get a 4th try and a bonus point. They have a scrum feed in the Highlanders 22m area. 
16 May 20:48
It's raining tries in Bloemfontein!
16 May 20:48

74' - TRY to the Highlanders. 

Ben Smith scores as he grubbers the ball behind the Cheetahs defence, collects and scores. Banks converts.

Cheetahs 24 Highlanders 45

16 May 20:45

71' - TRY to the Cheetahs!

The try stands! Thats the third try for the home side in 7 minutes. Brummer converts.

Cheetahs 24 Highlanders 38

16 May 20:43
71' - Venter is over the line but the TMO will check on the final pass to him.
16 May 20:42
71' - The Cheetahs are straight back onto the attack...
16 May 20:40

67' - TRY to the Cheetahs!

Much better from the Cheetahs! Excellent counter attack from them, all the way from their 22m. Britz and Blommetjies heavily involved which results in Wegner barging over. Brummer converts from straight in front. 

Cheetahs 17 Highlanders 38

16 May 20:37

65' - TRY to the Cheetahs!

Brilliant work by Cheetahs as Britz draws two defenders and offloads brilliantly to to Benjamin to score in the left hand corner. Brummer converts. 

Cheetahs 10 Highlanders 38

16 May 20:35
63' - Scrum penalty awarded to the Cheetahs. Blommetjies sets up a lineout 8m from the Highlanders line. 
16 May 20:34
61' - The pass to Blommetjies was forward, a real pity as the step he produced to beat Osborne was sublime. 
16 May 20:32
61' - Blommetjies has scored, but the TMO will check pass in the buildup. 
16 May 20:28
58' - The Highlanders are just some much more hungry than the Cheetahs. Another knock-on gifts the ball to the visitors. 
16 May 20:26
55' - After numerous resets, the Cheetahs are penalised on their scrum feed. Sopoaga kicks to touch, setting up a lineout on the Highlanders 22m line. 
16 May 20:21

52' - The Cheetahs have a rare chance to attack in the Highanders 22m area. Smith rips the ball off vd Spuy but the clearance that follows is poor and the Cheetahs have a lineout in 20m from the Highlanders line. 

Rhule returns from the bin. 

16 May 20:18
50' - The Cheetahs have a chance to attack after they are awarded a penalty. Blommetjies inexplicably kicks the ball dead. That sums up the kind of day the Cheetahs are having. 
16 May 20:17
The Cheetahs just are not in this match. Still 30 minutes to go...
16 May 20:17

46' - TRY by the Highlanders!

What a try that was, from their own 22m area. Fekitoa and Ben Smith both heavily involved and finally Evans gets over.  Sopoaga cannot convert. 

Cheetahs 3 Highlanders 38

16 May 20:14

44' - TRY to the Highlanders!

Smith gets over for his second of the evening as he forces his way over from a metre out. Sopoaga makes no mistake with the conversion. 

Cheetahs 3 Highlanders 33

16 May 20:12
44' - The Highlanders are 1m from the Cheetahs line...
16 May 20:11
43' - The Highlanders setup a lineout in the Cheetahs 22m area. 
16 May 20:11

42' - YELLOW CARD to Rhule!

Rhule got that horribly wrong and a card is justified. 

16 May 20:10
42' - Osborne is taken in the air by Rhule. This is going to be a card of some kind. 
16 May 20:07
Sopoaga gets the second half underway in Bloemfontein. The Cheetahs forwards drive the ball upfield. Much better from the home side!
16 May 19:57


The Highlanders have completely dominated the first half, reflected by the score. 

Cheetahs 3 Highlanders 26

16 May 19:55
40' - Blommetjies kicks deep as the hooter for half-time sounds. The Highlanders collect and kick the ball into touch. 
16 May 19:55
39' - Sopoaga doesn't miss much but he has missed with that attempt. The Cheetahs have a 22m drop out. 
16 May 19:53
37' - A better period for the home side as they attack through multiple phases. The Highlanders managed to get a penalty as the Cheetahs are adjudged to have held on in the ruck. The Highlanders did have men of the ball. Sopoaga will kick at goal. 
16 May 19:51
34' - It's still all Highlanders. The Cheetahs just cannot get into this game at all. 
16 May 19:47

29' - TRY to the Highlanders!

That's the bonus point try. This could get ugly.

Again, excellent handling by the Highlanders followed by a  Smith kick in behind the Cheetahs defence. Osborne runs through and falls on the ball. Sopoaga converts.  

Cheetahs 3 Highlanders 26

16 May 19:41

25' - TRY to the Highlanders! 

Smith scores! Again excellent handling creates space on the left. Manu gallops down the touchline and when he is pulled down just short of the line he managed to get an unbelievable inside pass to Smith following up. He takes brilliantly and scores.  Sopoaga misses with the conversion. 

Cheetahs 3 Highlanders 19

16 May 19:38
22' - The Cheetahs are still under the kosh! Brummer races back to field a kick into the 22m area and Tongia is penalised for jumping on him on the ground. Brummer sets up a lineout on their 10m line. 
16 May 19:35
20 ' - The defence of the Cheetahs holds firm. The Highlanders are penalised for side entry after excellent work by Britz
16 May 19:34
19'Sopoaga places a brilliant kick into space in the Cheetahs 22m area. They can only carry the ball over the line leading to a lineout for the Highlanders. 
16 May 19:33

16' - TRY to the Highlanders!

Tongia has managed to ground the ball. Again the Highlanders create space with ease with some excellent, fast handling. Tongia received the ball on the right-wing, kicked ahead, collected and scored. Sopoaga converts with an excellent kick. 

Cheetahs 3 Highlanders 14

16 May 19:30
16' - Tongia is over the line after collecting his own kick ahead. The TMO will check the grounding however. 
16 May 19:28

14' - PENALTY to the Cheetahs!

Brummer makes no mistake and the home side are on the board. 

Cheetahs 3 Highlanders 7 

16 May 19:27
13' - The Cheetahs win another penalty as the Highlanders are penalised at ruck time. Brummer will kick at goal. 
16 May 19:26
12' - Penalty to the Cheetahs as Smith is adjudged to be off-side as he was in front of the kick. The Cheetahs can ease some pressure as Brummer sets up a lineout in the Highlanders half. 
16 May 19:23
9' - The Cheetahs makes some metres, into the the half of the Highlanders, but a handling error gifts possession back to the visitors. 
16 May 19:21
8' - The Cheetahs can't seem to get their hand on the ball at the moment. Finally a knock-on by the Highlanders means the home side will have a scrum. 
16 May 19:18

4' - TRY for the Highlanders

Tongia is the man to score! Excellent play from the Highlanders as they drew the Cheetahs defence in. Sopoaga dinked a little kick over to the debutant who was unmarked on the right-hand touchline. Sopoaga converts from the right-hand touchline. 

16 May 19:15
3' - The Cheetahs lose their first lineout ball gifting possession to the Highlanders. 
16 May 19:14
2'  - Referee Stuart Berry wants to a have look at some possible foul play. It was an accidental hand through the face by a Highlanders player. 
  • 80'

    The Cheetahs are giving their all in a bid to get something from this game! They take the ball through several phases inside the visitors' 22 but make little headway. Benjamin is eventually held up in the tackle and the Highlanders get the put-in at the resulting scrum. The ball comes out to Tanaka who boots it into touch when he hears the full-time hooter. The Highlanders have got the job done and head home to Dunedin with five points in the bag. The Cheetahs fought back bravely during the latter stages of the second half but by that time it was too late and their first-half effort left a lot to be desired.

  • 80'

    Cheetahs 24 Highlanders 45

  • 78'

    The Cheetahs attack inside the Highlanders' 22 but Evans does brilliantly when he rips the ball from Wegner's grasp! He offloads to Banks who boots the ball upfield.

  • 76'

    CONVERSION, HIGHLANDERS, BANKS. 24-45. Marty Banks extends the visitors' lead with another two-pointer.

  • 75'

    TRY, HIGHLANDERS, B SMITH. 24-43. Ben Smith runs onto a pass from Fumiaki Tanaka and stabs a grubber kick through before regathering and crashing over!

  • 73'

    CONVERSION, CHEETAHS, BRUMMER. 24-38. Brummer lands another two-pointer and the hosts can still get something from this game!

  • 72'

    TRY, CHEETAHS, F VENTER! 22-38. The Cheetahs attack from a line-out deep inside the Highlanders' 22 and after setting up a ruck the ball goes out to the backs. Francois Venter runs onto a flat pass from Michael van der Spuy before crashing over!

  • 69'

    CONVERSION, CHEETAHS, BRUMMER. 17-38. Brummer adds another two-pointer to narrow the gap to 21 points. Still some way to go for the victory though.

  • 68'

    TRY, CHEETAHS, WEGNER! 15-38. From the restart, the hosts attack and are soon inside the visitors' 22! Britz and Ewald van der Westhuizen carry with great intent and Carl Wegner spots a gap and barges over from close quarters!

  • 67'

    CONVERSION, CHEETAHS, BRUMMER. 10-38. Brummer does well to land the two-pointer from close to the touchline!

  • 66'

    TRY, CHEETAHS BENJAMIN! 8-38. The Cheetahs are on the attack close to the Highlanders' try-line but after their forwards are stopped in their tracks on several occasions Britz goes wide and offloads to Rayno Benjamin who scores in the left-hand corner!

  • 63'

    Blommetjies is in the clear and beats Osborne with a brilliant side-step before going over under the posts! Referee Stuart Berry disallows the effort, however, as there was a forward pass from Shaun Venter to Blommetjies in the build-up! It's just not Cheetahs night!

  • 61'

    The Highlanders attack from a scrum just inside the Cheetahs' half. Sopoaga, Richard Buckman and Fekitoa all handle and they are soon close to the Cheetahs' 22.

  • 58'

    Blommetjies gathers the ball midway between his 22 and 10-metre line and kicks ahead. His effort is over-cooked and rolls over the Highlanders' dead-ball line.

  • 55'

    The Cheetahs try to launch an attack from a scrum inside the Highlanders' 22 but their front row wheel the scrum illegally and are penalised. Sopoaga puts the ball out on his 10-metre line.

  • 52'

    Willie Britz takes the ball into contact but is knocked backwards after a huge hit from Josh Hohneck!

  • 50'

    Elliot Dixon is pinged for being in front of a Highlanders kick. Blommetjies kicks for touch but the ball goes over the dead-ball line!

  • 47'

    TRY, HIGHLANDERS, EVANS! 3-38. From the restart, Fekitoa sets off on a run and wins about 50 metres! He offloads to Ben Smith who is brought to ground inside the Cheetahs 22 but the ball is recycled quickly and Evans goes over in the right-hand corner for anther five-pointer!

  • 46'

    CONVERSION, HIGHLANDERS, SOPOAGA. 3-33. Sopoaga adds the extras and the visitors have a 30-point lead now.

  • 45'

    TRY, HIGHLANDERS, A SMITH! 3-31. The Highlanders make their numerical advantage count and after several of their forwards go close to scoring, Aaron Smith spots a gap at a ruck before diving over!

  • 43'

    YELLOW CARD, CHEETAHS, RHULE! Things have just gone from bad to worse for the home side! Raymond Rhule will spend the next 10 minutes in the sin bin after he tackles Patrick Osborne in the air.

  • 41'

    Sopoaga gets the second half underway! His kick is gathered by Sykes on the edge of his 22 and the Cheetahs go on the drive.

  • 40'

    Sopoaga lines up a ahot at goal from about 52 metres out after Steven Sykes is pinged for holding onto the ball on the ground. His kick has the distance but not the direction. From the restart, Ben Smith gathers and when he hears the half-time hooter he boots the ball into touch. The players head into the sheds and the visitors are in total control of proceedings. Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske will be reading his charges the riot act, that's for sure.

  • 40'

    Cheetahs 3 Highlanders 26

  • 38'

    The Highlanders are back on the attack inside the Cheetahs' 22! Tongia, Fekitoa and Evans are prominent ball carriers.

  • 35'

    Meyer is pinged for a crooked feed at a scrum. Everything seems to be going wrong for the home side at the moment.

  • 32'

    CONVERSION, HIGHLANDERS, SOPOAGA! 3-26. Sopoaga adds another two-pointer and the visitors are cruising now.

  • 31'

    TRY, HIGHLANDERS, OSBORNE! 3-24. The Highlanders attack inside the Cheetahs' 22 and Ben Smith kicks ahead! The chase is on and Patrick Osborne dives onto the ball behind the Cheetahs tryline ahead of Malakai Fekitoa!

  • 29'

    The Cheetahs are trying to get back into this game but everything they try seems to go wrong. After setting up a couple of phases, the ball comes out to Carl Wegner who kocks on close to his 10-metre line.

  • 26'

    TRY, HIGHLANDERS, A SMITH! 3-19. The Highlanders attack from inside their half! Patrick Osborne, Hardie and Manu all handle until Manu throws an outrageous pass out of the back of his hand to Aaron Smith who scores in the left-hand corner! Sopoaga's conversion attempt is just wide of the target.

  • 24'

    Sopoaga is in the clear just inside his half and kicks ahead! Brummer drops back and gathers the ball in front of his tryline where Tongia dives onto him while his on the ground. Tongia is penalised for the offence and Blommetjies puts the ball out on his 10-metre line.

  • 21'

    Gareth Evans is blown up for entering a ruck from the side inside the Cheetahs' 22. Blommetjies kicks for touch and puts the ball out just inside the visitors' half.

  • 19'

    CONVERSION, HIGHLANDERS, SOPOAGA! 3-14. Sopoaga lands another two-pointer from up against the touchline! Great goal-kicking!

  • 18'

    TRY, HIGHLANDERS, TONGIA! 3-12. The Highlanders take the ball wide and Tongia chips ahead and regathers before going over in the corner for his second five-pointer!

  • 15'

    PENALTY, CHEETAHS, BRUMMER. 3-7. Deon Brummer opens the hosts' account with a well-struck three-pointer after Mark Reddish is penalised for playing the ball on the ground.

  • 12'

    Aaron Smith makes a break from a scrum and spots a gap! He stabs a grubber kick through which rolls into touch just outside the Cheetahs' 22.

  • 10'

    The Cheetahs attack from a scrum, just inside the Highlanders' half and ball goes out to Rayno Bejamin, who spins out of a couple of tackles before taking a big hit from John Hardie!

  • 8'

    The Highlanders do well to put pressure on the Cheetahs at a scrum and the visitors win a turnover! The ball goes out to the backs and Malakai Fekitoa kicks ahead. The ball rolls over the home side's try-line where Clayton Blommetjies has plenty of time to dot down which he promptly does.

  • 6'

    CONVERSION, HIGHLANDERS, SOPOAGA! 0-7. Sopoaga lands the two-pointer from close to the touchline!

  • 5'

    TRY, HIGHLANDERS, TONGIA! 0-5. The Highlanders attack from a five-metre scrum and Lima Sopoaga spots the defence lying flat and delivers a cross-field kick which Ryan Tongia gathers before scoring his first Super Rugby try!

  • 3'

    Alex Ainley poaches a ball at a line-out on the Cheetahs five-metre line! The visitors attack and Nasi Manu is brought to ground close to the Cheetahs tryline.

  • 1'

    And we're off! Francois Brummer gets us underway. His kick is gathered by the Highlanders forwards who immediately set up a ruck.

  • 0'

    Scrum-half Tian Meyer and fly-half Deon Brummer come into the Cheetahs' run-on side as replacements for the injured Sarel Pretorius and Joe Pietersen respectively. Up front, loosehead prop Danie Minnie takes over from Caylib Oosthuizen while in a late change, regular skipper Francois Uys drops to the bench while Steven Sykes comes in to the starting line-up. Francois Venter takes over the captaincy.

  • 0'

    Right wing Ryan Tongia and lock Alex Ainley will make their Super Rugby debuts for the Highlanders. Rugby league convert Tongia replaces Waisake Naholo, who is injured, while Ainley comes in for Tom Franklin. The only other change sees John Hardie starting on the blindside flank in place of Dan Pryor.

  • 0'

    Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this Super Rugby clash between the Cheetahs and Highlanders from the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein. Don't go away! We'll return shortly with team news from both sides.

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Cheetahs Highlanders
  • 3 Tries 7
    • 65' Rayno Benjamin
    • 67' Carl Wegner
    • 71' Francois Venter
    • 4' Ryan Tongia
    • 16' Ryan Tongia
    • 24' Aaron Smith
    • 29' Patrick Osborne
    • 44' Aaron Smith
    • 46' Gareth Evans
    • 73' Ben Smith
  • 3 Conversions 5
    • 65' Francois Brummer
    • 67' Francois Brummer
    • 71' Francois Brummer
    • 5' Lima Sopoaga
    • 17' Lima Sopoaga
    • 31' Lima Sopoaga
    • 45' Lima Sopoaga
    • 75' Marty Banks
  • 1 Penalties 0
    • 14' Francois Brummer
  • 0 Drop Goals 0
  • 1 Yellow Cards 0
    • 42' Raymond Rhule
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Danie Mienie
  • Torsten Van Jaarsveld
  • Maks van Dyk
  • Carl Wegner
  • Steven Sykes
  • Tienie Burger
  • Boom Prinsloo
  • Willie Britz
  • Tian Meyer
  • Francois Brummer
  • Rayno Benjamin
  • Michael van der Spuy
  • Francois Venter
  • Sergeal Petersen
  • Clayton Blommetjies
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • Brendon Edmonds
  • Liam Coltman
  • Josh Hohneck
  • Alex Ainley
  • Mark Reddish
  • Gareth Evans
  • John Hardie
  • Nasi Manu
  • Aaron Smith
  • Lima Sopoaga
  • Patrick Osborne
  • Richard Buckman
  • Malakai Fekitoa
  • Ryan Tongia
  • Ben Smith
  • Stephan Coetzee
  • BG Uys
  • Ewald van der Westhuizen
  • Francois Uys
  • Carel Greeff
  • Shaun Venter
  • Coenie Van Wyk
  • Raymond Rhule
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • Ash Dixon
  • Dan Lienert-Brown
  • Ross Geldenhuys
  • Thomas Franklin
  • Elliot Dixon
  • Dan Pryor
  • Fumiaki Tanaka
  • Marty Banks

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