Cheetahs hand Leopards Currie Cup whitewash

The Free State Cheetahs trounced a hapless Platinum Leopards side 57-0 in their Currie Cup match in Bloemfontein on Friday evening.

The Cheetahs lost against the Sharks and Lions the previous two weeks and desperately needed a bonus point win to get their campaign back on track.

Although not pretty at times, their were some positive signs that the Cheetahs can be superb if they hold on to possession.

The Cheetahs, who rested a few first choice players for the fixture, played with little structure in the first half and often struggled to get over the advantage line.

Whereas it looked if it could be a tight contest in the early parts of the game.

The Leopards had the upper hand early on, even outscrumming the home side but they missed too many tackles in the last 50 minutes of the fixture, conceding seven tries in the period.

The first try came when Cheetahs prop Coenie Oosthuizen had a typical bulldozing run, but was stopped a metre short before captain Adriaan Strauss (hooker) dived over.

Oosthuizen scored a similar try to Strauss which Meyer Bosman (centre) converted.

He took the kicking duties over from Ebersohn who missed his first two kicks.

The Leopards, who opted not to kick for goal when they received penalties within kicking distance – but rather to go for the five pointers – were very nearly rewarded with a try, but winger Dumisani Matyeshana was called back (after scoring in the corner) due to a forward pass earlier in the move.

In fact, the first 40 minutes will probably best remembered for the huge amount of forward passes in the half.

Six minutes before the break there was a special moment when the Ebersohn twins, Sias and Robert combined nicely to score the third try of the night.

Sias broke through a half-gap before offloading to his brother who ran a good angle on his way to scoring. Just two minutes later the Cheetahs suddenly started to find their rhythm.

Philip van der Walt (flank) and Nokwe were prominent in the build-up. From a quickly recycled ball the Cheetahs had too many players on the outside and lock Waltie Vermeulen unselfishly handed flanker Hendro Scholtz an easy run-in for the bonus point try.

Two Cheetah tries within six minutes into the second half ended the match as a contest.

Final Score Cheetahs 57 Leopards 0


Tries: Adriaan Strauss, Coenie Oosthuizen, Robert Ebersohn, Hendro Scholtz, Francois Uys, Philip van der Walt, Philip Snyman (2), WP Nel.
Conversions: Meyer Bosman (6).



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