Van Zyl brace helps Cheetahs beat Reds

Scrumhalf Piet van Zyl scored two tries in the Cheetahs 27-13 Super Rugby victory over the Reds in Bloemfontein which ended a three match losing streak to the Queenslanders. 

The result is the Cheetahs eighth Super Rugby victory of the season and keeps them in second place in the South African conference.

The Cheetahs outscored the Reds by two tries to one as the Television Match Official Shaun Veldsman denied the Reds on four occasions. Both of the Cheetahs tries were scored by No.9 Piet van Zyl.

The victory means that the Cheetahs have completed a clean sweep against their
Australian opponents so having beaten the Force and Waratahs away, and the Rebels
and Reds at home.

The Reds started at a frenetic pace and a possible try by winger Rod Davies
in the first minute was disallowed after obstruction in midfield.

The Cheetahs stepped up a gear and scrum half Piet van Zyl scored in the corner,
in the fourth minute, after charging down a clearing kick from his opposite
number Will Genia.

Reds flyhalf Quade Cooper, who put in the eventual chip kick for Davies to
follow, put the Cheetahs under pressure with some good tactical kicking.

However, he slipped the tackle which led to Van Zyl’s try.

Fly half Elgar Watts kicked a penalty in the 13th minute to give the Cheetahs
an eight point lead after they turned over possession.

The Reds had at least three chances in the first 20 minutes to score tries,
but despite challenging the hosts in defence, they kept losing possession at
the break down area.

Cooper finally put some points on the board when he kicked a penalty after
Cheetahs flanker Lappies Labuschagne infringed on the ground.

Cooper reduced the deficit to just two points with his second penalty of the
evening shortly thereafter.

Their joy was short-lived as Van Zyl scored his second try, cutting through
the visitors’ defence from first phase possession.

Watts converted to elevate the Cheetahs to a nine-point lead and followed up
with a penalty after the Reds collapsed the Cheetahs’ driving maul.

The Cheetahs had the momentum in the last five minutes of the first half and
went into the break with an 18-6 lead.

At the restart, they set up camp in the Reds’ half and Watts slotted home a
penalty which resulted from the Reds grounding a driving maul.

A clever inside pass by Quade Cooper from a scrum on the Cheetahs goal line
looked like a good try for full back Luke Morahan, but the replay showed a forward
pass from the Wallabies’ playmaker.

Both teams started playing a more expansive game which led to more penalties
with the visitors opting to use the line out.

It put the Cheetahs under immense pressure but, again, a forward pass smothered
their chance of a five pointer.

The Cheetahs, meanwhile, scored points almost every time they progressed into
the Reds’ half with Watts adding another six points to his tally.

Replacement back Ben Lucas scored in the corner three minutes from time for
the Reds but it was too little too late for the visitors.

Final Score Cheetahs 27 (18) Reds 13 (6)

Scorers

Cheetahs
Tries – P.Van Zyl 2
Pen – E.Watts 5
Con – E.Watts
Drop –
Cards –

Reds
Tries – B.Lucas
Pen – Q.Cooper  2
Con – Q.Cooper
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee:
Craig Joubert
Assistant Ref 1: Marius Jonker
Assistant Ref 2: Ben Crouse
TMO : Shaun Veldsman

Teams

Cheetahs

Coenie Oosthuisen ,Adriaan Strauss (captain),Lourens Adriaanse, Lodewyk de Jager,Francois Uys,Heinrich Brussow, Lappies Labushag

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