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In next weekend's action, the Cheetahs travel down to Cape Town to tackle the Stormers at Newlands, while the Sharks face the Lions at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.
Not surprisingly, Sharks flyhalf Curwin Bosch receives the best player award, for contributing 18 points with his deadly boot.
An entertaining game comes to an end in Bloemfontein. Have your say in next week's MVP and Moegoe awards - https://t.co/utr5AOKSqy— AllOutRugby (@AllOutRugby) March 25, 2017
An entertaining game comes to an end in Bloemfontein. Have your say in next week's MVP and Moegoe awards - https://t.co/utr5AOKSqy
So stupid from the Cheetahs at the end there!
They couldn't win the game, yet still opted for a lineout drive.
Had they kicked for goal it would have earned them a losing bonus point. Now they leave with nothing for their efforts...
81'- A powerful lineout drive from the Cheetahs sees them win a penalty after the Sharks collapse it.
It's also a YELLOW CARD for Etienne Oosthuizen.
79'- CONVERSION slotted by Zeilinga.
Cheetahs 30-38 Sharks
Bosch kicking like a dream. And where does a slight guy get so much power from with the boot?— Rob Houwing (@RobHouwing) March 25, 2017
Bosch kicking like a dream. And where does a slight guy get so much power from with the boot?
76'- A victory is in the bag now for the Sharks, who are more than two converted tries adrift.
They will now hunt a bonus point try. Currently, it's 4 tries to 2.
Three more tries than the opposition constitutes a bonus point.
74'- Bosch slots the PENALTY to put the game to bed.
Cheetahs 23-38 Sharks
73'- A third scrum penalty to the Sharks. Wow, what a turnaround in that department!
Bosch will line up another shot at goal...
Curwin Bosch is like a metronome off the kicking tee. Such class ... Now 23-32— AllOutRugby (@AllOutRugby) March 25, 2017
Curwin Bosch is like a metronome off the kicking tee. Such class ... Now 23-32
So Adriaanse gets his knee on the ground and it's a reset. One of the Cheetahs props lose their bind, and its a penalty ...— Front Row Grunt (@FrontRowGrunt) March 25, 2017
So Adriaanse gets his knee on the ground and it's a reset. One of the Cheetahs props lose their bind, and its a penalty ...
70'- Bosch slots the PENALTY attempt from 48m out.
Cheetahs 23-35 Sharks
69'- METRES MADE ON ATTACK
I maintain since last year, Bosch is the best GK in the country.— Benedict Chanakira (@bchanakira2) March 25, 2017
I maintain since last year, Bosch is the best GK in the country.
67'- Bosch slots the CONVERSION from the touchline.
Cheetahs 23-32 Sharks
Replacement Dan du Preez barges over after a dominating lineout drive.
The Sharks received a five-metre lineout after Blommetjies had stepped out close to his own tryline...
Sharks loosies aren't scrumming. Starting locks off can be seen.— Benedict Chanakira (@bchanakira2) March 25, 2017
Sharks loosies aren't scrumming. Starting locks off can be seen.
56' - Bosch slots the PENALTY to put the Sharks back in front.
Cheetahs 23-25 Sharks
54'- Kickable penalty for the Sharks as Mohoje is pinged for failing to roll away in a tackle.
Bosch will line-up a long-range shot, 47m out...
53'- Sharks on the attack in the red zone after an intercept from Lukhanyo Am.
However, the Cheetahs turn it over and Zeilinga clears down-field to bring relief...
53'- METRES MADE ON ATTACK
52'- OWN LINEOUTS LOST
47'- CONVERSION slotted by Bosch.
Cheetahs 23-22 Sharks
46'- TRY to the Sharks!
Kobus van Wyk scoops on a loose ball inside the Cheetahs 22m area to score under the posts. His second try.
45'- PENALTY slotted by Zeilinga.
Cheetahs 23-15 Sharks
44'- Kickable penalty for the Cheetahs as Sharks lock Ruan Botha is penalised for making an early tackle.
Zeilinga will line up from about 40m out...
42'- Cheetahs captain Venter almost over for his second try, but a last-gasp tackle from Reinach saves the day for the Sharks.
Reinach then gets up and wins a penalty to bring relief for his team, and also redeems his earlier mistake...
Etienne Oosthuizen has been given a yellow card by the referee for collapsing the maul. A late card in the game.
FULL-TIME: CHEETAHS 30-38 SHARKS. Sharks were behind by 5 points after the first half and they have come back very strongly in the second to win this game away from home. Cheetahs only managed to score 10 points in the second half and 7 of them came very late in the game. Sharks win by 8 and it is an important away win for them.
CONVERSION, CHEETAHS, ZEILINGA! 30-38: Zeilinga makes no mistake with the conversion and adds on the extras for the Cheetahs who are 8 points behind the Sharks.
The Sharks concede a penalty through Lukhanyo Am for not rolling away from the ruck. Just a few seconds remaining in the game.
TRY, CHEETAHS, RHULE! 28-38: Cheetahs respond late, but it may be too late for a win. Shaun Venter creates the chance with a nice pass and Raymond Rhule runs a long way to take it over the line for the Cheetahs.
Sharks concede a penalty after being caught offside.
It has been an impressive performance from Curwin Bosch in his first match as the starting fly-half - his kicking from the tee from all areas has been superb.
PENALTY, SHARKS, BOSCH! 23-38: Bosch kicks another penalty goal and the Sharks are 15 points ahead now, more than 2 converted tries ahead.
The Cheetahs concede a penalty through Torsten van Jaarsveld for the front row standing up.
PENALTY, SHARKS, BOSCH! 23-35: Sharks are trying and succeeding in putting some distance between them and the Cheetahs. Bosch slots in another penalty and the lead is pushed to 12 points.
The Cheetahs concede a penalty through Johannes Coetzee for incorrect binding.
We are entering the last 10 minutes of the game and Cheetahs have only scored three points in the second half. Sharks, on the other hand have come back strongly, they were behind by 5 points at half-time. They have scored 17 points to lead by 9.
CONVERSION, SHARKS, BOSCH! 23-32: Bosch slots in another kick and the lead is pushed to 9 points, the Sharks will feel comfortable now.
TRY, SHARKS, DU PREEZ! 23-30: Daniel du Preez scores for the Sharks who have come back strongly into this game. 5 points to the Sharks.
The scrums have not been the best today and Marais concedes a penalty for incorrect binding.
Coenie Oosthuizen concedes another penalty for wheeling the scrum and the Cheetahs will kick it to the corner.
A very solid scrum from the Cheetahs' forward pack has the Sharks on the back foot and the home side is rewarded with a penalty.
The points difference is just 2 and this is going to be a close game as we go into the final 20 minutes.
PENALTY, SHARKS, BOSCH! 23-25: It is a difficult kick from 45 metres out but Bosch slots it in and Sharks take the lead back. They lead by 2 points.
Mohoje concedes a penalty for not rolling away.
Lwazi Mvovo does brilliantly initially to claim the high ball under intense pressure however the Sharks' winger loses a handle on the ball in a crunching Teboho Mohoje tackle.
The Sharks concede a penalty through Kobus van Wyk for not rolling away from the ruck.
Mohoje tries to attack for the Cheetahs but the Sharks do well to tackle him.
TRY, SHARKS, VAN WYK! 23-20: Long range try for the Sharks, Kobus van Wyk runs more than half the length of the ground to score his second try of the game.
CONVERSION, SHARKS, BOSCH! 23-22: This is going to be a close game, Bosch slots in the conversion and reduces the deficit to 1 point.
PENALTY, CHEETAHS, ZEILINGA! 23-15: Zeilinga has kicked well today and he slots in another penalty goal to give three more points to the Cheetahs. They lead by 8 points now.
Another penalty conceded, this time by Ruan Botha for tackling a player without the ball for the Sharks.
The Cheetahs concede a penalty through Francois Venter for not releasing the ball.
The box kick from Cobus Reinach floats over the touch line on the full so play will come back inside Sharks' territory - an early opportunity here for the Cheetahs to build on their lead.
Sharks concede a penalty early in the second half for collapsing the maul.
CONVERSION, CHEETAHS, ZEILINGA! 20-15: Zeilinga slots the conversion in and pushes the lead to 5 points, Cheetahs ahead at half-time.
HALF-TIME: CHEETAHS 20-15 SHARKS. Two tries and one yellow per side and the Cheetahs are ahead at the break. Sharks played well but Cheetahs used the final minutes of the first half really well to attack and win the lead. They lead by 5 at half-time.
Second half begins.
TRY, CHEETAHS, JONKER! 18-15: Jonker was the man on the receiving end of the tackle that caused the yellow card and now he scored for the Cheetahs. They make the most of the advantage and lead by 3 points.
The Cheetahs have a one man advantage in the important couple of minutes before half time with Teboho Mohoje returning to the field after 10 minutes on the side line.
Henco Venter goes through the defence as he tries to attack for the Cheetahs but the Sharks defend well.
PENALTY, CHEETAHS, ZEILINGA! 13-15: Zeilinga slots in the penalty and Cheetahs get three more points. The Sharks lead by just 2 points as we come to the end of the first half.
YELLOW CARD! Coenie Oosthuizen has been given a yellow card for a high tackle.
A territorial gain for the Cheetahs - Cobus Reinach gathers the ball cleanly however he has very little room to work with and puts a foot into touch when attempting to clear his kick downfield.
Mtawarira concedes a penalty for collapsing the scrum. We are into the last 10 minutes of the first half.
CONVERSION, CHEETAHS, ZEILINGA! 10-15: Zeilinga slots the conversion in and adds on the extras to bring the deficit down to 5 points.
TRY, CHEETAHS, VENTER! 8-15: Cheetahs respond quickly and with a try of their own as Venter takes it over the try line. Good reply from the Cheetahs.
Sharks now lead the Cheetahs by 12 points.
TRY, SHARKS, VAN WYK! 3-15: Oosthuizen sets up the try with a nice pass and Kobus van Wyk takes it over the line to score the second try for the Sharks. The conversion is missed.
Sharks are controlling the possession in the last few minutes. They are looking to score again here.
Some loose passing from the Sharks however a penalty advantage was being played following a Cheetahs' infringement in the line out.
Another penalty conceded, Henco Venter goes off his feet in the ruck and Cheetahs concede another penalty.
The Cheetahs concede a penalty through Oupa Mohoje for a high tackle.
The lead is up to a converted try. Sharks are looking like the stronger team today.
PENALTY, SHARKS, BOSCH! 3-10: Bosch slots in a nice penalty to push the lead to 7 points.
The Cheetahs concede a penalty through Oupa Mohoje for going off their feet in the ruck. Both teams look like they are settling into this game.
Mtawarira collapses the scrum and it will be a penalty to the Cheetahs.
The Cheetahs concede a penalty through Clayton Blommetjies for not releasing the ball.
CONVERSION, SHARKS, BOSCH! 3-7: Bosch makes no mistake with the conversion and the lead is extended to 4 points.
TRY, SHARKS, MVOVO! 3-5: First try of the game and Sharks take the lead as Mvovo takes it over the line.
PENALTY, CHEETAHS, ZEILINGA! 3-0: Fred Zeilinga slots in the penalty goal and opens the scoring for the Cheetahs. It was a good kick from 30 metres out.
Sharks with the early possession but they end up conceding a penalty for being caught offside.
Kick-off! First half begins. Blommetjies kicks us off.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the SuperRugby clash between the Cheetahs and the Sharks from the Toyota Stadium.
Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter (c), 12 Nico Lee, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Henco Venter, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Justin Basson, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Tshego Nche.
Sharks: 15 Clement Poitrenaud, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Tera Mtembu (c), 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Jacques Vermeulen, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Jaco Peyper is the referee today with Jaco van Heerden and Lourens van der Merwe assisting him. Johan Greeff is the TMO.
The Cheetahs have wrung the changes from their loss last week. The return of Francois Venter will be a big boost as he retakes the captaincy while Tshego Nche will add an explosive element to the home side?s attack play. Sergeal Petersen should will also add some much needed firepower to the Cheetahs? arsenal.
The Sharks have added the international contingent of Clement Poitrenaud, Lwazi Mvovo, Coenie Oosthuizen and Tendai Mtawarira, which will offer some experience to this rookie side. Elsewhere, the exciting Curwin Bosch will start at fly-half this weekend in place of Benhard Janse van Rensburg who falls out of the squad completely.
The home side are two wins from four games in the competition after a loss to the Lions before claiming a 34-28 victory over the Bulls and then scraping past the Sunwolves 38-31 in Bloemfontein. They took a clobbering in their most recent game after losing to the Jaguares 41-14, conceding five tries in the process.
The Sharks were on a hot streak from their second game of the season after a brilliant away win over the Brumbies in Canberra and then crushing the Waratahs 37-14 in Durban. They were given a fright at home last week though after the Kings put in a strong performance and were ahead for most of the game before the Sharks won the fixture in the dying moments, 19-17.
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