Waratahs run close but lose in Kimberley

The Cheetahs hosted the Waratahs in Kimberley which is where the “big hole” is in South Africa. On the subject of big holes, it is exactly what it looked like the Waratahs were getting themselves into in temperatures of 34 degrees.


The Waratahs went 17-3 down and it looked ominous for the touring side. Instead the Waratahs fought back at the death of the first half getting themselves back into the match with two tries bringing the the half time score to Cheetahs 22 Waratahs 17.


The second half was a better defensive effort for the Waratahs. They heat got to them a little but still the Waratahs pushed on for the win.


Hewat slotted a huge penalty and a conversion but missed a crucial penalty kick four minutes from time which would have seen the Waratahs pull to within a point of the Cheetahs.


The Cheetahs game plan was similar to that of the Force last night as they put the width of the field to good use. The Cheetahs will be more than happy with the result as they pick up a bonus point for scoring four tries.

 

The Five points to the Cheetahs sees them take the top spot on the table and the Waratahs pick up 1 bonus point for finishing within 7 points.

Man of the match was awarded to Cheetahs captain Juan Smith.


Full time score – Cheetahs 30 Waratahs 26

Scorers


Cheetahs –
Tries: Ronnie Cooke, Juan Smith, Eddie Fredericks (2).
Conversions: Meyer Bosman (2).
Penalty: Bosman.
Drop goal: Herkie Kruger.


Waratahs –
Tries: Kurtley Beale, Ben Jacobs.
Conversions: Peter Hewat (2).
Penalties: Hewat (4).


Teams:


Cheetahs:


15 Phillip Burger, 14 Eddie Fredericks, 13 Marius Joubert, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Ronnie Cooke, 10 Herkie Kruger, 9 Falie Oelschig, 8 Darren Nell, 7 Juan Smith Juan (c), 6 Kabamba Floors, 5 Corniel van Zyl, 4 Bian Vermaak, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Wiaan du Preez
Replacements: 16 Richard Strauss, 17 CJ van der Linde, 18 Henro Scholtz, 19 Ryno van der Merwe, 20 Michael Claassens, 21 Gavin Passens, 22 Tiger Mangweni
Waratahs squad:


Forwards: Al Baxter, Will Caldwell, Tim Davidson, Rocky Elsom, Adam Freier, Ben Hand, Dean Mumm, Wycliff Palu, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Benn Robinson, Jeremy Tilse, Phil Waugh.


Backs: Kurtley Beale, Daniel Halangahu, Sam Harris, Peter Hewat, Ben Jacobs, Sam Norton-Knight, Brett Sheehan, Lote Tuqiri, Morgan Turinui, Josh Valentine


Referee: Lyndon Bray (New Zealand)
Touch judges: Vinny Munro (New Zealand), Pro Legoete (South Africa)
Television match official: Deon van Blommestein (South Africa)

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