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As it happened: Cheetahs v Force

2014-05-10 19:00
Last Updated at 18:44

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Commentary by Sport24's Garrin Lambley


80' - In next weekend's Round 14 action the Force travel to Newlands to play the Stormers while the Cheetahs welcome the Brumbies to Bloemfontein

80' - The Force pick up four points for their win and move to second in the Australian Conference and fourth in the Overall standings, while the Cheetahs pick up a single point for losing by seven or fewer points to move off the bottom of the SA Conference and into 14th in the Overall log

80' - The Cheetahs weren't great to be fair today and did their fellow South African team no favours whatsoever


Force win 23-16

80' - Scrum reset after reset ensures this will be the final act of the match

79' - Elgar Watts does his best but to no avail, the Force have a scrum and it looks like they will get their two-match SA tour off to a winning start

78' - TWEET

Pollock is nowhere. Force in from the side, offsides at the maul and flopping at the ruck. Shocking - Kevin McCallum

77' - Into the final three minutes and the Force have the feed to the scrum inside their own half. 

75' - Sands of time ticking away now for the Cheetahs. Story of their season I fear...

74' - UNBELIEVABLE defence by the Force sees them hold the Cheetahs up literally over the line.

Turnover ball...

73' - Impressive driving maul by the Cheetahs sees them awarded a penalty. It's ALL the Cheetahs now as the Force try their best to hang on to their lead

72' - Anyway, penalty to the Force is the result and they clear for touch

71' - Commentator Warren Brosnihan bizarrely wants to see it in real time!?

Why Bros? The TMO is there to S-L-O-W it down!

71' - NO TRY!

71' - One of those 50/50 decisions. Ball looks short, may have been lost...

71' - Referee consults his TMO though. One day I'll meet a referee brave enough to make his own calls...

71' - TRY to the Cheetahs!

70' - 10 minutes to play in Bloemfontein...


Stop me if you can ... (Cheetahs
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Loose trio of Cheetahs are playing their hearts out,Boom,Brüssouw and Mahojo been exceptional,then backs mess it up! - Breyton Paulse

66' - Willie le Roux, fantastic this season, has been largely absent today.

Has he something special up his sleeve for later?

65' - More end to end kicking. Not ideal from the Cheetahs who trail by 7 points with 15 minutes to play


Former Cheetahs star flyhalf, Sias Ebersohn, now playing for the Force (Gallo Images)

62' - Blow for the Cheetahs as scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius hobbles off as the match enters the final quarter...

60' - Substitution by the Cheetahs sees Willem Serfontein enter the fray. Serfontein, on debut, is the older brother of Bulls centre Jan Serfontein

59' - The Cheetahs attack, but former Ikey Marcel Brache turns the ball over and the Force head downfield. Good tracking back by the Cheetahs pays off as they are awarded a penalty just inside their half after more cynical play by Force captain Matt Hodgson


For those interested, the Junior Boks have beaten their Argentina opponents 41-36

57' - Goosen adds the PENALTY and the Cheetahs close the gap to 23-16 after 57 minutes

56' - The Force are back to a full complement of 15 players and the Cheetahs are awarded a soft penalty as the Force's chasers are caught offside

55' - Sias Ebersohn successfully manages to bounce the conversion kick off both uprights - and then OVER to give the Force a 23-13 lead after 55 minutes

54' - And all this with only 14 men on the field...

53' - Impressive by the Force as they display patience on defence, but intercepting a pass, heading upfield and setting up that man NICK 'HONEY BADGER' CUMMINS for the five-pointer!

53' - TRY to the Force

51' - And the biggest cheer of the night is reserved for Cheetahs fullback Hennie Daniller who puts his head down and RUNS rather than engaging in the kicking game!

50' - Scrappy aerial ping-pong by both sides at present. No one gaining much and the crowd growing restless - and fast!

48 - The Cheetahs are right back in the match as the Force are now forced to survive with 14 men

47' - BOOM PRINSLOO is the try scorer and Johan Goosen adds the conversion as the Force's lead is cut to 16-13 after 47 minutes

46' - And in the interim Force captain Matt Hodgson is shown a yellow card for a professional foul

45' - Shambolic by referee Chris Pollock though. He has to be TALKED INTO GOING TO THE TMO by Cheetahs skipper Adriaan Strauss!

44' - TRY to the Cheetahs!

43' - Quick tap penalty taken by Sarel Pretorius - as is his want - and he catches the Force "not back 10m". Another penalty which the Cheetahs kick for touch.

Force on a final warning...

40' - Cheetahs off to a rampaging start. Clearly stern words spoken in the Cheetahs' dressingroom at the break!

40' - And we're back under way in Bloem!


For those interested, the Golden Lions have beaten the Blue Bulls 16-15 in their Vodacom Cup semi-final and will play Griquas in next weekend's final in Kimberley.

Meanwhile, Maties have beaten Ikeys 19-18 in their intervarsity clash in Stellenbosch


Cheetahs playing against themselves at the moment,poor Coenie is getting scrummed by a Aussie,Naka needs Plan B 2nd Half! - Breyton Paulse



Metres run: Cheetahs 194-143 Force
Carries: Cheetahs 56-38 Force
Defenders beaten: Cheetahs 7-4 Force
Clean breaks: Cheetahs 2-1 Force
Tackles made: Cheetahs 44-48 Force
Missed tackles: Cheetahs 4-7 Force
Turnovers won: Cheetahs 4-5 Force
Kicks in play: Cheetahs 5-8 Force
Rucks won: Cheetahs 39-26 Force
Rucks lost: Cheetahs 3-2 Force
Mauls won: Cheetahs 3-1 Force
Lineouts won: Cheetahs 7-4 Force
Lineouts lost: Cheetahs 1-0 Force
Scrums won: Cheetahs 2-3 Force
Scrums lost: Cheetahs 1-0 Force
Penalties conceded: Cheetahs 6-6 Force

40' - Dying seconds of the first half and the Cheetahs are awarded a penalty which they kick for poles - and Goosen doubles the home sides score.

Force lead 16-6 as the HALF-TIME siren sounds

38' - Ebersohn rubs salt into the Cheetahs' now gaping wounds as he lands another penalty to give the Force a 16-3 lead after 38 minutes

35' - Penalty to the Force.

Ominous signs by the visitors. Unless the Cheetahs have a change of attitude - and soon - there's only one winner today...

34' - Clean-outs from the Cheetahs "less than average" says commentator Rob Kempson

32' - The Cheetahs are fun to watch as the spread the ball like filth, going through the phases patiently and racking up the metres gained in the process, but they lack the killer instinct and finishing touches as the Force turn the ball over.

31' - Let-off for the Cheetahs as the Force knock-on at the lineout BUT the Force are then awarded a penalty at the resultant scrum.

Cheetahs coaching duo - and former frontrankers - Naka Drotske and Os du Randt look suitably unimpressed!

30' - The Cheetahs do indeed set up the 5m lineout, but scrappy play by the Cheetahs coupled with excellent 'D' from the visitors sees the Cheetahs bundled into touch on the far touchline

29' - Ebersohn is down hurt and delaying play...

28' - The Cheetahs attack from the restart and go close to scoring their first try, but the Force hang on.

Penalty to the Cheetahs, which I am sure they will kick for touch

25' - And Ebersohn adds the extra two-point conversion from wide out.

Force lead 13-3 after 25 minutes

23' - And this time the try stands as fullback Jayden Hayward goes over in the corner after the Force turn the ball over in their own 22m area

23' - TRY to the Force!

21' - And Ebersohn makes no mistake, doubling the Force's score and giving them a 6-3 lead after 21 minutes

19' - More pressure from the Force sees them awarded a penalty right in front of their posts.

Should be an easy 3 points for Ebersohn...

16' - Try ruled out due to accidently obstruction. Lucky escape by the Cheetahs...

16' - Looks perfectly fine to me... and the TMO disagrees!

15' - But referee Chris Pollock consults his TMO...

15' - TRY to the Force!

14' - The Force now have a chance to attack, but desperate defence by the Cheetahs sees them bundle the attacker into touch.

And then they're awarded a penalty from the resultant lineout

12' - The Cheetahs can do their compatriots - the Bulls in particular - a huge favour today by knocking over the Force...

11' - And this time round Goosen makes no mistake.

The scores are level at 3-3 after 11 minutes

10' - And the Cheetahs are rewarded for their efforts with a penalty inside the Force's 22m area which Goosen will once again take aim for poles

9' - Scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius in the thick of things for the Cheetahs as they swing the ball left and right and back to the left, making good metres each time.

8 - But Goosen's kick is wobbly and generally ugly and away to the left. Missed chance by the home side...

7' - And the reset scrum results in a penalty to the Cheetahs which Johan Goosen will line up at posts

6' - First scrum of the match predictably collapses. No surprise there...

4' - Way better from the Cheetahs from the restart as the Cheetahs attack and go close, but the Force turn the ball over and clear hastily for touch on the halfway line

3' - Ebersohn slots the first PENALTY of the match as the Force take an early 3-0 lead after 3 minutes

1' - Cheetahs pinned deep inside their own half and concede an early penalty right in front which Cheetahs old-boy Sias Ebersohn will kick for posts

0' - Average to poor crowd present and a surprisingly green looking field...

0' - And we're under way in Bloemfontein!


We at Sport24 love the Honey Badger, Force wing Nick Cummins

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4/16 in the City of Roses today - chilly!


The Force will be looking for their first win on South African soil since March 2011, when they beat the Lions at Ellis Park...


As we head into the match, the Cheetahs are currently bottom of both the South African Conference and the Overall standings, while the Force find themselves third in the Australian Conference and seventh in the Overall log - some 12 points ahead of the Cheetahs having played two FEWER matches!

The Cheetahs will be looking to win for coach Drotske who will be taking charge of his 100th match - second only to Frans Ludeke of the Bulls in terms on matches in charge

Bad start to the weekend from a SA point of view with the Lions losing to the Highlanders and the Sharks going down to the Brumbies.

Will Naka Drotske's men give us something to smile about?

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Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Marius Jonker (South Africa), Francois de Bruin (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)


2013: Cheetahs won 19-10, Perth
2012: Cheetahs won 17-13, Bloemfontein
2010: Cheetahs won 29-14, Bloemfontein
2009: Force won 16-10, Perth
2008: Force won 16-15, Bloemfontein
2007: Force won 45-17, Perth



15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Raymond Rhule, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Rayno Benjamin, 11 Willie le Roux, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Sarel Pretorius 8 Johannes Prinsloo, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Heinrich Brussow, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Waltie Vermeulen, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Caylib Oosthuizen

Substitutes: 16 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Nicolaas van Dyk, 19 Carel Greeff, 20 Willem Serfontein, 21 Shaun Venter, 22 Elgar Watts, 23 Cornal Hendricks

Western Force:

15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Dane Haylett-Petty, 13 Marcel Brache, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Ian Prior, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Matt Hodgson (captain), 6 Angus Cottrell, 5 Sam Wykes, 4 Adam Coleman, 3 Kieran Longbottom, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Pek Cowan

Substitutes:16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Tetera Faulkner, 18 Ollie Hoskins, 19 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 20 Brynard Stander, 21 Justin Turner, 22 Zack Holmes, 23 Chris Tuatara-Morrison

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

  • 80'

    Force scrum on halfway, it's slow and it's being reset again and again. The visitors don't mind at all with the clock now red.

  • 80'

    That's it! The hooter goes and the Force have won in Bloem for the first time in six years. Great performance from the visitors. Thanks for joining us!

  • 80'


  • 78'

    Time ticking away here in Bloem, the Cheetahs toiling away with the ball but not able to breach the visitors' defence once more.

  • 76'

    The Force exit well, and Le Roux takes a quick lineout, but there's a forward pass and the hosts once more shoot themselves in the foot.

  • 74'

    They are so, so close again, but what wonderful defence from the Force as Prinsloo is held up, sucked in and isolated. Hodgson brilliant yet again. The Force have the scrum.

  • 73'

    The Cheetahs very dominant now as they rumble another maul into the 22 and win the penalty. Into the corner it goes once more.

  • 72'

    No try! Oosthuizen was short, and he rolled it over the line - did momentum play a part? It's a harsh call, but the tighthead is penalised and the Force clear.

  • 71'

    It looks like try-time again for the Cheetahs! Coenie Oosthuizen reached for the line and it looks like he got there. We're going upstairs.

  • 69'

    The hosts now have a scrum deep inside the Force 22.

  • 68'

    Silly penalty conceded by the visitors, however, and Goosen punts down into Force territory. Not a lot in this as both teams appear to be tiring. 12 to go.

  • 67'

    Messy lineout, and we're back to aerial ping-pong. Le Roux puts it out on halfway, Force back on the ball.

  • 65'

    Cheetahs under pressure in their own 22 but exit well. Force will have the lineout 25 metres out, though, and they'll have a chance to attack.

  • 62'

    It comes to nothing as they are once again turned over in the Force 22. Big hit from Cummins.

  • 61'

    Penalty eight metres inside the Cheetahs half, and Goosen goes to touch on the 22.

  • 60'

    Force back up to 15, but under pressure again before Brache steps in to win a turnover on his own 22. Not for the first time the centre is influential at the breakdown.

  • 58'

    PENALTY, CHEETAHS, GOOSEN! 16-23 He cuts the gap once more.

  • 57'

    Penalty opportunity for the Cheetahs as the Force pack stray offside in front of the kicker. Lazy work that puts the visitors back under pressure. Goosen for goal.

  • 56'

    CONVERSION, FORCE, EBERSOHN! 13-23 Perfect again from Ebersohn outwide, in off BOTH uprights and the lead is back to ten.

  • 54'

    TRY, FORCE, CUMMINS! 13-21 The Honey Badger gets some more meat! Super running rugby and continuity once again from the visitors, as they make ground, go through the phases and Cummins has a run-in. Lovely stuff.

  • 53'

    Imprecision stifling the Cheetahs attack as they make it into the 22 before knocking on. Back in their own half now.

  • 51'

    They do, and there's some back and forth kicking between the two sets of back-threes.

  • 49'

    Super kick from Ebersohn under pressure, drops one right into the corner with le Roux all over him. Cheetahs must exit well here.

  • 47'

    TRY, CHEETAHS, PRINSLOO! 11-16 It's tight, but it's good. Chris Pollock awards the try, it's the back-row who burrows over from close-range.

  • 47'


  • 47'

    Looks like a try for the Cheetahs! We check with the TMO...

  • 46'

    It's yellow for Matt Hodgson who slapped the ball from Pretorius' grasp at the breakdown. Into the corner goes the ball once again. Will the extra man help them over at last?

  • 45'

    They just can't exploit the space and get over the line. A deft chip-kick to the corner is easily fielded and marked by Hayward, and handbags ensue. We're going upstairs to check for foul play.

  • 44'

    Penalty Cheetahs, into the corner.

  • 42'

    Cheetahs attack once more, but again they cannot find that killer touch in the 22 as Goosen runs out of space and winds up in touch at the corner. Nice build-up, no finish. They've been handed another chance, though, as the throw from the Force is not straight.

  • 40'


  • 40'

    This time the Cheetahs win a fine steal on the Force 22, but once more fail to break through rigid defence from the visitors. They win a penalty in front of the sticks as the clock ticks red, and they'll take the points. A very clinical, disciplined display from the Force so far, and they hold a well-earned lead at the break.

  • 40'

    Teams back out, and we're off again in Bloem. Cheetahs seeking a comeback.

  • 40'


  • 37'

    PENALTY, FORCE, EBERSOHN! 3-16 Another cracker from Ebersohn who maintains his perfect record, and the Force deservedly stretch their lead.

  • 35'

    Good attack from the Force, now, and Goosen lies all over the ball at the ruck, conceding a penalty that Ebersohn will line up.

  • 34'

    Again, the Cheetahs build phases in the visitors' half. Again, they concede a penalty. Great work at the breakdown.

  • 32'

    Scrum-five to the hosts, but the Force win the penalty at the set-piece yet again. Defending very well so far, and they can clear downfield.

  • 31'

    The Force have more defending to do, and they've done it with aplomb as the maul is sacked and le Roux bundled into touch at the corner.

  • 30'

    So close for the hosts, but they just can't force their way over. They've got another penalty, though.

  • 30'

    Meanwhile, Ebersohn isn't looking good as he receives treatment. Holmes stripped on the touchline but not required yet as the fly-half stays on.

  • 28'

    Right away, though, the Force obstruct the receiver from the kick-off. Strauss wants seven points rather than three and Goosen knocks it into the corner.

  • 26'

    CONVERSION, FORCE, EBERSOHN! 3-13 Lovely kick from the touchline and now the Force hold a ten-point lead.

  • 24'

    TRY, FORCE, HAYWARD! 3-11 Wonderful rugby from the visitors, who are so dangerous on the counter-attack! Hodgson makes a super steal, breaks downfield and the support is there as it goes through three pairs of hands to reach the full-back.

  • 21'

    Another penalty in the shadow of the home posts, this time it's for tackler not rolling away. Ebersohn instructed to take the points.

  • 21'

    PENALTY, FORCE, EBERSOHN! 3-6 Force back in front and playing well in Bloem.

  • 20'

    Scrum penalty to the Force, who are really impressing in the set-piece just now. They want to scrum again.

  • 19'

    Great strength from Cummins after a lovely looping pass from Longbottom gave him space to attack in the 22. He drives over the line carrying four of five Cheetahs with him, but is inevitably held up.

  • 17'

    The Force denied a super try as the Cheetahs' attempted grubber is deflected back to the visitors. Kyle Godwin eventually finished off the move after great hands from Cummins and Haylett-Petty. But the rebound resulted in an accidental offside and the Cheetahs get out of jail.

  • 15'

    Chance goes a-begging, but the Force looking very good with the ball in hand. They're bundled into touch at the lineout, then steal it, but are penalised by Chris Pollock right on the line.

  • 12'

    Great work from Brache in the tackle hands the Force a glorious attacking opportunity with a scrum on the 22, centre-field.

  • 11'

    PENALTY, CHEETAHS, GOOSEN! 3-3 Scores level as Goosen strikes.

  • 10'

    Another, easier penalty chance for the pivot, however, as the Cheetahs build phases in the visitors' 22.

  • 8'

    Goosen's kick drifts wide of the near post, though. Remains 3-0, eight minutes gone.

  • 7'

    First scrum penalty of the game goes the way of the hosts. It's a long way out, but they're going for three points.

  • 5'

    Cheetahs attack but lose the ball on the ground five metres from the line and the Force clear. A glimpse of what they offer going forward.

  • 3'

    PENALTY, FORCE, EBERSOHN! 0-3 Easy as you like for the Saffer. Force take the lead.

  • 2'

    Early penalty for the visitors in front of the sticks as the Cheetahs hold on to the ball on the deck. Ebersohn for three.

  • 0'

    Welcome to live coverage from Bloemfontein of the lowly Cheetahs' clash with the high-flying Force. We'll be back soon with team news from both camps.

  • 0'

    Cheetahs boss Naka Drotské has recalled fly-half Johan Goosen and prop Coenie Oosthuizen and expects big contributions from the Springbok duo, while Wille le Roux continues on the left wing.

  • 0'

    Sias Ebersohn takes on his countrymen from the fly-half position today for the Force, with fellow South African Wilhelm Steenkamp on the bench. Nick "Honey Badger" Cummins starts on the left wing, with the influential Jayden Hayward at full-back.

  • 0'

    Ebersohn has us underway!

  • 0'

    We're all set here in Bloem as the teams emerge. This one should have plenty of points!

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Cheetahs Force
  • 1 Tries 2
    • 45' Boom Prinsloo
    • 23' Jayden Hayward
    • 52' Nick Cummins
  • 1 Conversions 2
    • 46' Johan Goosen
    • 24' Sias Ebersohn
    • 54' Sias Ebersohn
  • 3 Penalties 3
    • 10' Johan Goosen
    • 40' Johan Goosen
    • 56' Johan Goosen
    • 2' Sias Ebersohn
    • 20' Sias Ebersohn
    • 37' Sias Ebersohn
  • 0 Drop Goals 0
  • 0 Yellow Cards 1
    • 44' Matt Hodgson
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Caylib Oosthuizen
  • Adriaan Strauss
  • Coenraad Oosthuizen
  • Waltie Vermeulen
  • Francois Uys
  • Heinrich Brussow
  • Teboho Mohoje
  • Boom Prinsloo
  • Sarel Pretorius
  • Johan Goosen
  • Willie Le Roux
  • Rayno Benjamin
  • Johann Sadie
  • Raymond Rhule
  • Hennie Daniller
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  • Pekahou Cowan
  • Nathan Charles
  • Kieran Longbottom
  • Sam Wykes
  • Adam Coleman
  • Angus Cottrell
  • Matt Hodgson
  • Ben McCalman
  • Ian Prior
  • Sias Ebersohn
  • Nick Cummins
  • Kyle Godwin
  • Marcel Brache
  • Dane Haylett-Petty
  • Jayden Hayward
  • Torsten Van Jaarsveld
  • Trevor Nyakane
  • Nicolaas Van Dyk
  • Willem Serfontein
  • Carel Greeff
  • Shaun Venter
  • Elgar Watts
  • Cornall Hendricks
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  • 23
  • Heath Tessmann
  • Tetera Faulkner
  • Oli Hoskins
  • Wilhelm Steenkamp
  • Brynard Stander
  • Justin Turner
  • Zack Holmes
  • Chris Tuatara-Morrison

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