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full-time Cheetahs 33 Highlanders 36
80 The Highlanders have burgled the points here in Bloem! After Noakes' penalty, the ball comes out to Cowan who puts it into touch. The hooter sounds and referee Jonker blows his whistle to bring proceedings to an end. The Cheetahs must be wondering how they lost this match! From holding a 30-9 lead they've gone down 33-36. Unfortunately they only have themselves to blame for not sealing the win but full credit to the Highlanders for not giving up and launching a great fightback!
80 PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, NOAKES! 33-36. Noakes gives the Highlanders the lead for the first time after Phillip Snyman is pinned for holding onto a tackled player on the ground.
78 Ebersohn has just missed a three pointer from right in front of the uprights! This after Jason Rutledge is penalised for going off his feet at a ruck.
74 The Highlanders are on the attack inside the Cheetahs' half but Hoeata pis penalised for holding onto the ball on the ground. Ebersohn puts the ball into touch inside the Highlanders' 22.
72 PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, NOAKES! 33-33. Noakes draws his side level again after Coenie Oosthuizen infringes at a ruck.
70 PENALTY, CHEETAHS, S EBERSOHN! 33-30. Ebersohn regains the lead for his side after Ben Smith is pinned for obstruction inside his 22.
67 CONVERSION, HIGHLANDERS, NOAKES! 30-30. Noakes draws his team level with the easy two pointer! Game on!
66 TRY, HIGHLANDERS, COWAN! 30-28. The Highlanders run the ball from inside their 22 after taking the restart and Siale Piutau finds himself in the clear! He is confronted by Daniller but times his pass to perfection and Cowan dots down under the posts!
65 CONVERSION, HIGHLANDERS, NOAKES! 30-23. Noakes adds another two points to narrow the gap to seven points.
64 TRY, HIGHLANDERS, COWAN! 30-21. Replacement scrum-half Jimmy Cowan dots down from a ruck on the edge of the Cheetahs' try-line after a period of sustained pressure from the Highlanders!
60 Jarrad Hoeata is pinned for not rolling away after making a tackle but sias Ebersohn misses with the penalty attempt.
60 CONVERSION, HIGHLANDERS, NOAKES! 30-16. Noakes adds the extras to narrow the gap!
59 TRY, HIGHLANDERS, NOAKES! 30-14. Replacement fly-half Chris Noakes scores under the posts after taking a pass fro Ben Smith who breached the Cheetahs' defence with a scything run from deep inside his own half!
55 The Cheetahs are awarded a penalty after the Highlanders infringe at a line-out but Sias Ebersohn's effort is well off target.
53 Sias Ebersohn puts in a cross kick for Hennie Daniller to chase but the full-back cannot control the ball. Aaron Smith gathers and tries to go on an attacking run but puts a foot into touch.
50 CONVERSION, CHEETAHS, S EBERSOHN! 30-9. Sias Ebersohn's first contribution in this match is to land a spot kick from close to the touchline!
49 TRY, CHEETAHS, GOOSEN! 28-9. Goosen latches onto a loose pass from Nasi Manu inside the Highlanders' half and runs about fifty metres before scoring in the right-hand corner. Bem Smith puts in a desperate tackle but it's too late! However, there's some concern as Goosen appears to have hurt his shoulder in the process of scoring the try . He is taken off on a stretcher and is replaced by Sias Ebersohn.
46 The Highlanders win a turnover inside their 22 and when the ball comes out to Delaney, he clears his line with a kick that sails into touch just inside the Cheetahs' half.
44 The Cheetahs are doing all the running at the moment and are soon inside the Highlanders' 22. Ashley Johnson takes the ball into contact and offloads to Philip van der Walt who puts a foot into touch.
42 Heinrich Brussouw makes a dart for the line and goes over under a mass of bodies. After consultation with his TMO, referee Jonker rules that he was held up.
40 Goosen gets the second half started! His kick is fumbled by Adam Thomson but Ben Smith does well to clean up his mess by falling onto the loose ball.
Half-time Cheetahs 23 Highlanders 9
40 PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, DELANEY! 23-9. Mike Delaney adds another three points to his side's total after WP Nel are pinned at a scrum on the halfway line.The referee blows his whistle shortly after the kick to bring proceedings to a close for the first half. Its been an entertaining opening 40 minutes and the hosts have made a fine start. The Highlanders' indiscipline have cost them dearly and they must improve in that department if they want to win this clash.
38 CONVERSION, CHEETAHS, GOOSEN! 23-6. Goosen adds the extra two points push his side further ahead!
37 TRY, CHEETAHS, FERREIRA! 6-21. The Cheetahs are awarded a penalty close to the Highlanders' try-line but opt to run it. The ball comes to Andries Ferreira who forces his way over the try-line with the help of Heinrich Brussouw.
35 WP Nel makes a dash for the line from close quarters but three Highlanders defenders keep him out! The referee blows his whistle and the Cheetahs can put the ball in at the scrum.
33 YELLOW CARD, HIGHLANDERS, HASKELL. James Haskell is given his marching orders after he throws a punch to Justin Downey's face.
30 Aaron Smith tyries to go onto the attack from a ruck close to the halfway mark. He breaks around the fringe of a ruck but throws a wild pass over the head of Buxton Popoali'i into touch.
27 PENALTY, CHEETAHS, GOOSEN! 16-6. Goosen punishes Hore's indiscretion with another three-pointer.
26 YELLOW CARD, HIGHLANDERS, HORE! Andrew Hore is sent to the sin bin for playing the ball on the ground at a ruck.
25 The Cheetahs are awarded another penalty inside their 22 after the referee rules that a Highlanders player did not roll away after making a tackle. Referee Marius Jonker calls the visitors' captain Jamie Mackintosh and tells him to talk to his players because the next player that commits that offence will go to the sin bin.
23 PENALTY, CHEETAHS, GOOSEN! 13-6. Goosen adds the extra three points to punish the visitors' indiscretion.
22 The Cheetahs go on the attack inside the Highlanders' half until Goosen and Oosthuizen bump into each other and the ball spills forward. The referee, however, rules that the Highlanders are offside.
18 PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, DELANEY! 10-6. The Cheetahs go offside again and Delaney makes no mistake this time.
16 Delaney misses with a shot at goal after the Cheetahs are pinned for being offside.
13 CONVERSION, CHEETAHS, GOOSEN! 10-3. Goosen adds the two points to extend his side's lead.
12 TRY, CHEETAHS, OSTHUIZEN! 8-3. Coenie Oosthuizen barges over the line from close quarters to score the first try of the match!
10 PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, DELANEY! 3-3. Mike Delaney adds the extras after Willie le Roux holds onto the ball on the ground.
7 Goosen is in the thick of the action! This time the 19-year-old pivot knocks veteran All Blacks hooker Andrew Hore back in the tackle. Hore knocks on in the process and the Cheetahs are on the attack inside the Highlanders' half.
6 Goosen puts in a 50 metre clearance kick which sails into touch close to the Highlanders' 22.
4 PENALTY, CHEETAHS, GOOSEN! 3-0. Johan Goosen opens the scoring after the Highlanders are pinned for an infringement at a ruck close to their own try-line.
2 The Cheetahs show their intent by giving the ball plenty of air. They take the ball across the field and Hennie Danniller is stopped just short of the line.
Kick-off And we're off! Mike Delaney gets us started with aun unintentional kick o the ground which is gathered by Robert Ebersohn. The Cheetahs set up a few phases until the highlanders are penalised for an infringement at a ruck just outside their opponents' 22.
Team News Highlanders full-back Ben Smith returns to the starting line-up after recovering from concussion. This is the only change to their run-on side and means that Tamati Ellison shifts back to outside centre in place of Phil Burleigh who drops out of the matchday 22.
Team News Cheetahs captain and hooker Adriaan Strauss returns to the starting XV after missing their clash against the Chiefs two weeks ago through illness.There are three other changes to the run-on side, all in the back-line. Cameron Jacobs comes in for the injured Rayno Benjamin on the right wing, while fly-half Johan Goosen and scrum-half Tewis de Bruyn are preferred to Sias Ebersohn and Piet van Zyl respectively as the starting half-backs.
Welcome Hello and welcome to Bloemfontein for this Super Rugby match between the hosts, the Cheetahs and the Highlanders from Dunedin.
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|20:00||Sale Sharks vs London Irish|
|Saturday 21st December|
|15:00||Exeter vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Bath vs Harlequins|
|15:00||Wasps vs Northampton|
|15:00||Saracens vs Leicester|
|Friday 27th December|
|TBC||Newcastle vs Wasps|
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|15:00||Northampton vs Bath|
|15:00||Worcester vs Saracens|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Exeter|
|15:00||Leicester vs Sale Sharks|
|Friday 3rd January|
|19:45||Newcastle vs Sale Sharks|
|Saturday 4th January|
|15:00||London Irish vs Worcester|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Saracens|
|15:00||Leicester vs Bath|
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|15:00||Wasps vs Exeter|
|Friday 7th February|
|19:45||Worcester vs Leicester|
|20:00||Sale Sharks vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 8th February|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Wasps|
|15:00||Bath vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Exeter vs Northampton|
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|15:00||Saracens vs London Irish|
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|20:00||Sale Sharks vs Saracens|
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|15:00||Wasps vs London Irish|
|15:00||Northampton vs Worcester|
|15:00||Leicester vs Gloucester|
|Sunday 1st December|
|Newcastle 9 - 35 Harlequins|
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|Bath 21 - 16 Exeter|
|Worcester 10 - 33 Northampton|
|London Irish 12 - 19 Wasps|
|Saracens 24 - 19 Sale Sharks|
|Friday 29th November|
|Gloucester 17 - 22 Leicester|
|Sunday 24th November|
|Wasps 5 - 28 Bath|
|Saturday 23rd November|
|Northampton 18 - 0 Newcastle|
|Harlequins 27 - 19 Gloucester|
|Exeter 9 - 16 Saracens|
|Leicester 20 - 11 London Irish|
|Friday 22nd November|
|Sale Sharks 26 - 10 Worcester|
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|Saracens 40 - 3 Newcastle|
|London Irish 14 - 19 Northampton|
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|Leicester 16 - 23 Harlequins|
|Gloucester 30 - 32 Wasps|
|Friday 1st November|
|Sale Sharks 16 - 18 Exeter|
|Worcester 6 - 21 Bath|
|Sunday 27th October|
|Newcastle 13 - 11 London Irish|
|Wasps 22 - 12 Leicester|
|Saturday 26th October|
|Northampton 41 - 20 Saracens|
|Exeter 40 - 6 Worcester|
|Harlequins 24 - 3 Sale Sharks|
|Friday 25th October|
|Bath 15 - 13 Gloucester|
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