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As it happened: Cheetahs v Sharks

2014-07-05 21:00
Last Updated at 21:01

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Metres run: Cheetahs 318-552 Sharks
Carries: Cheetahs 71-119 Sharks
Defenders beaten: Cheetahs 12-29 Sharks
Clean breaks: Cheetahs 3-3 Sharks
Tackles made: Cheetahs 98-56 Sharks
Tackles missed: Cheetahs 30-12 Sharks
Turnovers won: Cheetahs 9-8 Sharks
Kicks in play: Cheetahs 33-36 Sharks
Rucks won: Cheetahs 42-68 Sharks
Rucks lost: Cheetahs 4-5 Sharks
Mauls won: Cheetahs 3-5 Sharks
Lineouts won: Cheetahs 16-13 Sharks
Lineouts lost: Cheetahs 3-3 Sharks
Scrums won: Cheetahs 4-7 Sharks
Scrums lost: Cheetahs 1-0 Sharks
Penalties: Cheetahs 18-9 Sharks


Cheetahs No 8 Philip van der Walt received the player award... (Gallo Images)

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In next week's action, the Cheetahs travel to Johannesburg to face the Lions, while the Sharks will tackle the Stormers in Cape Town.

FULL-TIME: Cheetahs 27-20 Sharks

The Cheetahs have held on for a famous win!

The Sharks will be fuming though as the referee, Rohan Hoffmann, inexplicably decided that the penalty advantage the Sharks had at the end there was over...

But the Sharks left things too late and this loss will put a major dent in their title aspirations! They will in all likelihood now have to travel for a semi-final and possible final...

80'- NO TRY!

The TMO correctly rules that Chavhanga was in touch before he could dot down. What a tackle from Rayno Benjamin.


Sharks replacement wing Tonderai Chavhanga goes close in the corner. TMO  to decide.

The referee also says the Sharks advantage is over...

80'- The Sharks dismantle the Cheetahs scrum and get another penalty.

Goosen is also sent off with a YELLOW CARD for kicking the ball away. Silly from the Cheetahs flyhalf there!

79'- Penalty to the Sharks right under the posts. They opt for a scrum. The Cheetahs will do well to stop them here...

78'- Another scrum penalty to the Sharks. They set up an attacking lineout in the red zone. here's their chance...

77'- The Cheetahs opt for a driving maul following a lineout just inside the Sharks half, but they lose it. Scrum to the Sharks.

75'- And we have a game folks, with five minutes remaining!

75'- CONVERSION slotted by Swiel.

Cheetahs 27-20 Sharks

74'- TRY to the Sharks!

Bismarck du Plessis barges over for the Sharks after a dominant driving maul from the lineout.

73' - A Sharks penalty at scrum time just inside the Cheetahs half. They set up another lineout. Can they convert this time round?

72'- A promising break from Swiel but Frans Steyn can't handle his pass and drops it on halfway...


Oupa Mohoje brilliant again at lineout time for Cheetahs, off both sides' throw-ins. V strong department for him - Rob Houwing

70'- Cheetahs sub: Venter on at scrumhalf for Pretorius.

68'- The Sharks butcher another attacking chance inside the Cheetahs 22 when Bismarck fails to find his jumper...

Sharks fans must be pulling their hair out. That's if they're still watching!

67'- Le Roux spotted walking off a little gingerly. Lets hope he hasn't injured himself too badly...

67'- Cheetahs sub: Hennie Daniller replaces Willie le Roux.

66'- Sharks sub: No 8 Mtembu off, replaced by Oosthuizen.


Sharks really need to get pick & goes going! Going wide too early, without earning the right! - Ken Borland

64'- Oh dear, Jean Deysel knocks it five metres out after the Sharks take a quick tap following a penalty. The Sharks just not sharp here tonight.

62'- Sharks sub: McLeod on at scrumhalf for Reinach.

Reinach was one of the few shining lights tonight for the Durbanites.

62'- Cheetahs backline caught off-side just inside their own half. The Sharks opt for a lineout. No use kicking for posts now...


Cheetahs scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius, as always, proving a menace for defenders... (Gallo Images)

57'- A promising backline move by the Sharks inside the Cheetahs 22 ends when Sithole knocks it on out wide... Things just not going the Sharks' way tonight.

55'- PENALTY slotted by Goosen.

Cheetahs 27-13 Sharks

54'- Cheetahs back inside the red zone after a bustling run from Lood de Jager. They win a penalty in front after the Sharks are caught off-side.

Goosen to line up...

53'- Bismarck du Plessis is also on now for the Sharks, with Cooper off. I assume he will now take over the captaincy from Deysel.

52'- A vital penalty won on the ground by the Cheetahs - five metres from their own line. Not the Sharks night?

51'- A Sharks penalty after a very late tackle by Goosen on Swiel. That was cynical...

It allows the Sharks to set up an attacking lineout on the Cheetahs 22m line.

51' - Caylib Oosthuizen also on at prop for the Cheetahs, with Nyakane off.

50' - Sharks prop subs: Du Toit on for Chadwick and Jannie du Plessis on for Adriaanse.

49'- CONVERSION by Goosen.

Cheetahs 24-13 Sharks

48'- TRY to the Cheetahs!

After a concerted period of attack, Lood de Jager barges over for the Cheetahs.

47'- Cheetahs back on the attack inside the Sharks 22m area... They also have a penalty advantage.

45'- Subs made: Alberts on for Bresler (Sharks) and Cook on for Van Jaarsveld (Cheetahs)

42'- Strong defence from the Cheetahs forces the Sharks on the back foot...

41'- First penalty of the half goes to the Sharks. Hands in the ruck by the Cheetahs. The Sharks set up an attacking lineout inside the Cheetahs 22...

20:05 - Welcome back for the second half! Tim Swiel starts play. He seriously needs to start tackling in the second half, or else...


Tim Swiel is lucky he's not had to go into Nick Mallett's dressing room! Might have learnt some strong new words! - Dan Retief


Metres run: Cheetahs 186-304 Sharks
Carries: Cheetahs 40-70 Sharks
Defenders beaten: Cheetahs 5-18 Sharks
Clean breaks: Cheetahs 2-2 Sharks
Tackles made: Cheetahs 52-28 Sharks
Tackles missed: Cheetahs 18-5 Sharks
Turnovers won: Cheetahs 3-3 Sharks
Kicks in play: Cheetahs 17-19 Sharks
Rucks won: Cheetahs 22-41 Sharks
Rucks lost: Cheetahs 3-3 Sharks
Mauls won: Cheetahs 3-1 Sharks
Lineouts won: Cheetahs 9-7 Sharks
Lineouts lost: Cheetahs 2-0 Sharks
Scrums won: Cheetahs 1-1 Sharks
Scrums lost: Cheetahs 0-0 Sharks
Penalties: Cheetahs 7-5 Sharks

HALF-TIME: Cheetahs 17-13 Sharks

40'- Oupa Mohoje wins a penalty on the ground to bring relief for the Cheetahs. Goosen then inexplicably does not kick it out, but luckily for him, Mvovo decides to just boot out and end the half...

40'- One last attacking chance to the Sharks as the half-time siren sounds...


I struggle to see the Sharks win the Super Rugby with so much mistakes in their last three games - Rugga World

38'- A scrum penalty to the Sharks right on their own line brings relief for the visitors...

36'- Another promising driving maul by the Cheetahs, but accidental off-side halts their charge five metres out...

34'- Another kickable penalty to the Cheetahs after one of their players is taken out in the air at lineout time. It's just inside the Sharks half, but they opt for a lineout...

33'- CONVERSION by Goosen.

Cheetahs 17-13 Sharks

32'- TRY to the Cheetahs!

After a concerted period of attack, Cheetahs No 8 Philip van der Walt barges over under the posts.

31'- Cheetahs hot on the attack after another promising driving maul from a lineout...


Cheetahs and Springbok lock Lood de Jager on the charge... (Gallo Images)

28'- The Sharks again threaten inside the Cheetahs 22m area, but a loose pass from Lewies brings relief for the hosts.

But the Sharks have now found their groove it seems, after an indifferent start.

26'- Swiel slots the PENALTY to put the Sharks in front for the first time.

Cheetahs 10-13 Sharks

25'- Another kickable penalty for the Sharks. Swiel to line up from close to the touchline and far out...

23'- With Fourie du Preez out injured, Bok coach Heyneke Meyer should seriously consider giving Reinach a shot. He has that much needed X-factor which is very rare in scrumhalves nowadays...

22'- CONVERSION by Swiel.

Cheetahs 10-10 Sharks

21'- TRY to the Sharks!

A brilliant individual try from Sharks scrumhalf Reinach who breaks from a lineout on halfway to score!

His late father, Jaco Reinach, would have been proud of the pace on display there!

19' - A crucial mistake from Sharks fullback SP Marais as he boots out directly into touch just outside his own 22m area.

However, a stolen lineout brings relief for the Sharks...

18'- PENALTY slotted by Swiel from about 30m out to put the Sharks on the board.

Cheetahs 10-3 Sharks

17'- Goosen fails to find touch and from the ensuing counter-attack, the Sharks win a penalty after the ball is tapped out of Reinach's hands...

16'- After 12 phases, the Sharks can't force their way through. SP Marais almost scores in the corner after a sneaky dummy, but a try-saving tackle from Willie le Roux saves the day for the Cheetahs...

14'- Attacking lineout for the Sharks inside the Cheetahs 22m area. Can they make it count?

10'- The Sharks look a bit shell-shocked, like the Bulls were in the early stages of the earlier game at Newlands.

8'- CONVERSION by Goosen.

Cheetahs 10-0 Sharks

7'- TRY to the Cheetahs!

Flank Torsten Van Jaarsveld barges over after a dominant driving maul from the Cheetahs. A 30m driving maul which absolutely demolished the Sharks.

6'- A brilliant tactical from Goosen in behind the Sharks defence puts pressure on the visitors...

3'- Swiel misses the penalty attempt from about 40m out...

2'- The Sharks get a chance to hit right back when a Cheetahs man is caught off-side...

2'- Goosen slots the PENALTY from in front.

Cheetahs 3-0m Sharks

1'- An early kickable penalty for the Cheetahs as a Sharks defender tackles a Cheetahs without the ball. Dale Chadwick the culprit...

19:10 - Cheetahs flyhalf Johan Goosen gets play started...

19:08 - Jean Deysel leads out the Sharks. He captains them tonight, with regular skipper Bismarck du Plessis on the bench.


Tera Mtembu is starting in the No 8 jersey in place of Ryan Kankowski.

JP Pietersen has also moved from right wing to outside centre, with Sibusiso Sithole moving to right wing.


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Referee: Rohan Hoffmann (Australia)
Assistant referees: Stuart Berry (South Africa), Francois de Bruin (South Africa)
TMO: Deon van Blommestein (South Africa)


2014: Sharks won 19-8, Durban
2013: Cheetahs won 12-6, Durban
2013: Sharks 29-22, Bloemfontein
2012: Sharks won 34-15, Durban
2012: Sharks won 34-20, Bloemfontein
2011: Sharks won 23-18, Bloemfontein
2011: Sharks won 24-9, Durban



15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Ryno Benjamin, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lodewyk de Jager, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Trevor Nyakane

Substitutes: 16 Caylib Oosthuizen, 17 Luan de Bruin, 18 Carl Wegner, 19 Jean Cook, 20 Henco Venter, 21 Shaun Venter, 22 Elgar Watts, 23 Hennie Daniller.


15 SP Marais, 14 Sibusiso Sithole, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Tim Swiel, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Tera Mtembu, 7 Jean Deysel (captain), 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Anton Bresler, 4 Stephan Lewies, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Kyle Cooper, 1 Dale Chadwick

Substitutes: 16 Thomas du Toit, 17 Bismarck du Plessis, 18 Jannie du Plessis, 19 Ettienne Oosthuizen, 20 Willem Alberts, 21 Charl McLeod, 22 Odwa Ndungane, 23 Tonderai Chavhanga

Welcome to Sport24's LIVE scoring and interactive commentary on today's Super Rugby match between the Cheetahs and Sharks in Bloemfontein!

  • 80'

    The Highlanders launch one final attack but Naholo steps into touch close to the halfway mark. The final whistle goes shortly afterwards and the Brumbies take the points! They went off the ball in the second half but their first half effort laid the foundation to this win. The Highlanders were always playing catch up and eventually failed in that goal.

  • 80'

    Brumbies 31 Highlanders 18

  • 79'

    The Brumbies take the ball through a couple of phases but turnover possession when Coleman knocks on.

  • 76'

    Mogg spins out of a tackle from Sopoaga but is brought to ground close to the halfway line by Buckman.

  • 73'

    Sopoaga takes on the defence and throws an inside pass to Pryor who glides through a gap in the defence. Pocock does well to close down his space quickly, however, with a text-book cover tackle.

  • 70'

    The Highlanders are pinged for another ruck infringement and Lealiifano lines up another shot at goal. His effort is just wide of the target, however.

  • 67'

    Coleman gathers an inside pass but loses the ball backwards after taking a big hit from Buckman! The Brumbies regroup quickly and recyle the ball which is soon in the hands of Speight! He kicks ahead and tries to regather in front of the posts but knocks on!

  • 64'

    Joe Wheeler is pinged for illegal play at a ruck. Lealiifano puts the ball out on the visitors' 22-metre line.

  • 61'

    Jesse Mogg puts the Brumbies on the front-foot with a 35 metre kick which sails into touch just outside the Highlanders' 22.

  • 58'

    TRY, HIGHLANDERS, PRYOR! 31-18. The Brumbies have just received some of their own medicine as Dan Pryor crashes over from a line-out drive in a similar fashion to Pocock's tries!

  • 56'

    Pocock is pinged for side-entry at a ruck. Sopoaga puts the resulting penalty out inside the Brumbies' 22.

  • 53'

    The Brumbies attack from a line-out just inside the Highlanders' half and Lealiifano attacks the line at pace! He's through a half gap but Dan Pryor saves the visitors' blushes with a crucial cover tackle.

  • 51'

    The Highlanders have certainly upped the ante after the break as they look to narrow the gap. The Brumbies have done most of the defending but are doing well to keep the visitors in check.

  • 48'

    The Brumbies take the ball through several phases with their forwards. Stephen Moore, Pocock and Jordan smiler all carry with great intent.

  • 45'

    CONVERSION, HIGHLANDERS, SOPOAGA! 31-13. Sopoaga adds the easy extras as the Highlanders make the perfect start to the second half!

  • 44'

    TRY, HIGHLANDERS, TREEBY! 31-11. Shaun Treeby runs on to a pass from Tanaka close to the Brumbies tryline and bursts through two tackles before crashing over!

  • 43'

    The Brumbies are penalised for offside play inside their 22. Sopoaga kicks for touch and puts the ball out close to the Brumbies' tryline.

  • 41'

    Sopoaga gets the second half started! Speight gathers his kick and goes to ground just outside his 22.

  • 40'

    The referee blows the half-time whistle after Lealiifano boots the ball into touch. It's been one-way traffic for the Brumbies who have already secured their try-scoring bonus-point! The Highlanders will have to show considerable improvement - especially when defending the Brumbies' line-out maul - if they want something from this game.

  • 40'

    Brumbies 31 Highlanders 6

  • 39'

    The Brumbies are pinged at a ruck inside their half. Sopoaga kicks for touch and puts the ball out deep inside his opponents' 22.

  • 36'

    CONVERSION, BRUMBIES, LEALIIFANO! 31-6. Lealiifano maintains his pefect record from the kicking tee as he lands another two-pointer!

  • 35'

    TRY, BRUMBIES, POCOCK! 29-6. Same move from a line-out and the same end result for the Brumbies! Pocock gets over the whitewash from a line-out drive!

  • 32'

    Ruan Smith leaves the field for a concussion test after he takes a knock to his head after trying to tackle Waisake Naholo. He is replaced by Ben Alexander.

  • 29'

    CONVERSION, BRUMBIES, LEALIIFANO! 24-6. Another place kick sails through the uprights for the hosts!

  • 28'

    TRY, BRUMBIES, POCOCK! 22-6. The Brumbies launch another drive from a line-out close to the visitors' tryline and Pocock is once again over the whitewash!

  • 27'

    Robbie Coleman straightens the line inside the Highlanders' 22 but is brought to ground by Sopoaga! Crucial tackle as Coleman was in under the posts if he broke free of the challenge.

  • 24'

    PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, SOPOAGA! 17-6. Sopoaga addss another three-pointer after JP Smith is penalised for illegal scrummaging.

  • 21'

    The Highlanders are hammering away at the Brumbies' line but can't breach the homeside's defence! Shaun Treeby, Patrick Osborne and Hames carry strongly but are met by a wall of white defenders.

  • 19'

    Sopoaga gathers the ball inside his 22 and beats four defenders! He offloads to Kane Hames who goes to ground close to the Highlanders' 10-metre line.

  • 17'

    PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, SOPOAGA! 17-3. Lima Sopoaga opens the Highlanders'''' account with a sweetly-struck penalty after Stephen Moore infringes at a ruck.

  • 14'

    CONVERSION, BRUMBIES, LEALIIFANO! 17-0. Lealiifano makes no mistake to extend the Brumbies'' lead.

  • 13'

    TRY, BRUMBIES, POCOCK! 15-0. The hosts go on the drive from the line-out and David Poccok crashes over under a mass of bodies when he spots the tryline!

  • 12'

    The Brumbies pack put huge pressure on their counterparts at a scrum close to the visitors' tryline. The Highlanders capitulate under the pressure and are penalised. Lealiifano puts the penalty into touch on the Highlanders' five-metre line.

  • 9'

    PENALTY, BRUMBIES, LEALIIFANO! 10-0. Lealiifano gives the Brumbies a 10-point lead from the kicking tee after Buckman is pinged for a ruck infringement.

  • 6'

    CONVERSION, BRUMBIES, LEALIIFANO! 7-0. Lealiifano adds the extras to extend the homeside's lead!

  • 5'

    TRY, BRUMBIES, SPEIGHT! 5-0. Sopoaga spills a pass close to his 10-metre line from Fumiaki Tanaka and Lealiifano pounces on the loose ball! he offloads to David Pocock who gets a pass out to Henry Speight on the Hi9ghlanders' 22-metre line and he sprints away from the cover defence before crashing over!

  • 3'

    The Highlanders attack close to their 10-metre line and Lima Sopoaga delivers a chip kick which Richard Buckman gathers! He sets off on a run but is hauled in by Robbie Coleman.

  • 1'

    And we're off! Christian Lealiifano gets the game underway with a deep kick which Trent Renata gathers inside his 22 where he goes to ground.

  • 0'

    Good day and welcome to our coverage of this Super Rugby clash between the Brumbies and Highlanders from Gio Stadium in Canberra, We'll return shortly with team news.

  • 0'

    Twins JP Smith and Ruan Smith will anchor the Brumbies scrum in this clash. This will be the first time in Brumbies history that brothers will start together in the front row, with JP packing down at loosehead prop and Ruan on the other side of the scrum. The Brumbies have re-adjusted their tight-five significantly, with a new-look locking combination of Blake Enever and Jordan Smiler also set for a start. Ita Vaea claims the starting number eight jersey, moving Jarrad Butler to the bench, where he will be joined by Rory Arnold and Ben Alexander. Robbie Coleman debuted at inside-centre back in 2010 and he will again register a cap there on Friday night. His move to the centres brings Jesse Mogg into the starting side at full-back for the first time in 2015 where he will be supported by Tevita Kuridrani who returns to the run-on side at outside centre after recovering from a shoulder injury.

  • 0'

    The Highlanders have made wholesale changes to their team. Malakai Fekitoa, Aaron Smith and Ben Smith are all rested as part of the agreement with the NZRU to rest All Blacks ahead of the World Cup, while there are also a number of changes in the pack. Trent Renata comes in at full-back, with Richard Buckman joining Shaun Treeby in the centres and Fumiaki Tanaka taking over scrum-half duties. Up front, meanwhile, Pingi Tala''apitaga and Tom Franklin bolster the front five, while Joe Latta and Josh Renton are set to make their Super Rugby debuts off the bench.

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Brumbies Highlanders
  • 4 Tries 2
    • 4' Henry Speight
    • 12' David Pocock
    • 27' David Pocock
    • 34' David Pocock
    • 43' Shaun Treeby
    • 57' Dan Pryor
  • 4 Conversions 1
    • 5' Christian Lealiifano
    • 14' Christian Lealiifano
    • 29' Christian Lealiifano
    • 35' Christian Lealiifano
    • 44' Lima Sopoaga
  • 1 Penalties 2
    • 8' Christian Lealiifano
    • 17' Lima Sopoaga
    • 22' Lima Sopoaga
  • 0 Drop Goals 0
  • 0 Yellow Cards 0
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Jean-Pierre Smith
  • Stephen Moore
  • Ruan Smith
  • Jordan Smiler
  • Blake Enever
  • Scott Fardy
  • David Pocock
  • Ita Vaea
  • Michael Dowsett
  • Christian Lealiifano
  • Joseph Tomane
  • Robbie Coleman
  • Tevita Kuridrani
  • Henry Speight
  • Jesse Mogg
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  • Kane Hames
  • Liam Coltman
  • Pingi Talaapitaga
  • Thomas Franklin
  • Joseph Wheeler
  • Elliot Dixon
  • James Lentjes
  • Nasi Manu
  • Fumiaki Tanaka
  • Lima Sopoaga
  • Patrick Osborne
  • Shaun Treeby
  • Richard Buckman
  • Waisake Naholo
  • Trent Renata
  • Josh Mann-Rea
  • Allan Alaalatoa
  • Ben Alexander
  • Rory Arnold
  • Jarrad Butler
  • Joe Powell
  • Rodney Iona
  • Nigel Ah Wong
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  • Ash Dixon
  • Brendon Edmonds
  • Josh Hohneck
  • Joe Latta
  • Gareth Evans
  • Dan Pryor
  • Josh Renton
  • Jason Emery

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