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  • Strauss, Nel, Van Zyl, Le Roux (2),
    Conversions: Ebersohn, Smit (4),
35 - 34

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  • Dennis, Timani (2), Horne,
    Penalty goals: McKibbin (2),
    Conversions: McKibbin (4),

Cheetahs v Waratahs - Live

Last updated: 26th May 2012  

Full-time Cheetahs 35 - 34 Waratahs

80 Intense finale here - everyone's on the edge of their seats as the Cheetahs get given a penalty just yards away from their try line. Barnes was waiting for the pass back to have an attempt at goal and he's furious about that one, showing his emotions quite clearly. The scrum is taken as the hooter sounds - the ninth scrum of the entire game. Waratahs desperate to turn it over somehow but another penalty is awarded to the Cheetahs and the final whistle goes - the Cheetahs are victorious, putting them in the best position they've been in on the Super Rugby log for many years. What an epic game of rugby, the Waratahs come out of it with two bonus points, so at least they pick up something from tonights performance. Great fightback from the home side and the victory is theirs to celebrate. Thanks for joining us, next up the Sharks host the Stormers. Do join us then.

78 They're playing a game of gainers now as Banes eventually wins with an absolutely brilliant kick - searching for the touchline and gets it out right on the Cheetahs try line. Short line out option is taken and the Cheetahs win it.

75 There's quite a bit of focus being lost here - both teams waiting for the other to make a mistake and the Cheetahs eventually do with hands in the ruck. Barnes attempts his first penalty of the day, quite practically from the halfway line. It's just short of the poles and the Cheetahs go back on the attack.

72 Not sure why, but Ebersohn goes for a drop kick and sends it well wide. They're losing the initiative it seems, and with that possession of the ball.

70 A loose lineout is messed up after Dennis loses it forward. A Cheetahs scrum just short of their own 22 gives Ebersohn a chance to clear it deep in Waratahs territory. Ashley-Cooper sends it back, over the touchline, just over the halfway line.

67 The Waratahs lose the ball forward after a scrum, but the Cheetahs give away the penalty so the visitors retain posession. Another scrum down to the Waratahs.

64 Desperate defence from the Waratahs as the Cheetahs come at them in full force. A cross-field up and under is taken calmly from Ashley-Cooper who calls and mark and then clears it back into Cheetahs territory. A welcomed breath of relief for the visitors.

62 Waratahs penalised for not releasing the ball - the Cheetahs clear it deep into 'Tahs territory for the lineout.

61 Quite a bit of kicking tennis taking place as Barnes eventually gets one out over the touchline.

57 CONVERSION, van Zyl, 35-34! What a change of events, the Cheetahs are back in it - and take the lead!

57 TRY, CHEETAHS, le Roux, 33-34! What an absolutely fantastic try! Sloppy play by the Waratahs as a few sneaky chips from Willie le Roux, and the right bounce, allow him to get over for the try.

54 CONVERSION, van Zyl, 29-34! Easy does it, right in front and straight through.

54 TRY, CHEETAHS, NEL, 26-34! Waratahs pinged twice for offside right in front of the poles. WP Nel eventually bulldozes his way over the line for his third try of the season.

50 It's starting to look as if the Cheetahs have forgotten how to tackle as the Waratahs come at them with everything they've got. Heinrich Brussow seems to be the only one doing anything there as he gains a penalty after the ref pings the 'Tahs for not releasing in the tackle.

48 PENALTY, WARATAHS, McKibbin, 21-34! McKibbin kicks a sneaky one over the top into nomans land and it trickles over the touchline for a line-out to the home side. It's stolen off the throw though and the Australian outfit move it forward looking for another try. Loud calls of "let it go white" from the ref who eventually pings for offside after letting the advantage play. McKibbin just has to tap it over, right in front of the poles, and that - surely - could secure the win for them?

44 The Cheetahs give it away with a terrible forward pass in the backline. This time the Waratahs get the put in.

41 The Cheetahs have certainly come out fighting - Foley loses one forward and the Cheetahs get the advantage but eventually come back for the knock-on.

40 And we're off, second half is now underway!

Half-time Cheetahs 21 - 31 Waratahs

40 There's a knock-on from the Waratahs and van Zyl is awarded the put in right as the timer goes for half-time. The ref is struggling to get this one set though eventually it's play time. The Cheetahs go for the run as the siren sounds but it's eventually turned over and the Waratahs clear it far beyond the touchline and head for the change rooms. Wow! What a tantalising first half of rugby that was. The Cheetahs trail by 10 at home, but with the spirit they've shown so far today you can't help but think they still stand a chance of pulling this one back. Join us shortly for the second half.

37 CONVERSION, McKibbin, 21-31! Easy kick for the scrumhalf who slots it over for the extras.

36 TRY, WARATAHS, Timani, 21-29! Barnes, this time, offers the chip-and-chase option but after some fanatic running there's eventually a turn over. The Waratahs win it back though after an up and under from van Zyl and Timani gets over the line for his second of the game thanks to some slick inside passing Bernard Foley.

34 CONVERSION, McKibbin, 23-22! Just to the left of the uprights, McKibbin takes aim and fires.

34 TRY, WARATAHS, HORNE, 21-22! Rob Horne gets his first try of the game after a cute little chip-and-chase from Adam Ashley-Cooper and a lay off to Horne who sprints for the line and dives over.

32 There's some line-out interference, right at the back, and Brussow is penalised for charging one of the Waratahs players. The sky blues throw it back in and drive for the line. Some persistence and they're awarded another scrum as Ashley Johnson is penalised this time. The Waratahs eventually give away a free kick and there are high fives all round in the Cheetahs camp.

28 There's a knock on at the restart and the Waratahs are penalised. Van Zyl gets the put in but the Waratahs get it back as the Cheetahs are pinged for illegal binding on the put in.

27 CONVERSION, SMIT, 21-17! Lovely kick from a difficult angle near the touchline and Riaan Smit keeps it between the poles.

26 TRY, CHEETAHS, Strauss, 19-17! A couple of up and unders are followed by the Waratahs making use of their running tactics, but they lose focus and an intercept by Adriaan Strauss has the captain galloping from the halfway line all the way to the try line!

24 Five phases of solid rugby come to an end as the Cheetahs knock it on, but a long kick for distance form McKibbin bobbles over the line and it's a kick in on the 22 to the Cheetahs.

22 PENALTY, Waratahs, McKibbin, 14-17! Cheetahs are made to pay for their silly mistakes as McKibbin smacks one over the poles from quite a distance!

20 CONVERSION, SMIT, 14-14! It's evens again, game on!

19 TRY, CHEETAHS, le Roux, 12-14! Willie le Roux makes the Waratahs pay for Barnes' mistake with a cute dummy pass and flies over the line, under the poles, for the fourth try of the game.

17 Well that's a little humiliating. Barnes tries to make a pass to his far winger but it flies way over a few heads for a line-out.

15 CONVERSION, SMIT, 7-14! From the corner, Smit slots it through.

15 TRY, CHEETAHS, van Zyl, 5-14! The Cheetahs get a penalty from another Waratahs offside moment. They make good on the lineout and some great work by Brussow sends Piet van Zyl through the smallest of gaps to dot it down!

12 Well, the Waratahs forwards are ripping this Cheetahs defence wide open as Sekope Kepu makes a dash for the line but is eventually blown up for not releasing and the Cheetahs gain some territory with the penalty.

10 Riaan Smit is penalised for offside at the ruck - Berrick Barnes clears the penalty from just inside his own half.

8 The Cheetahs manage to turn one over in the own half and run it back through the Waratahs defence - it's eventually lost and the Waratahs clear to the halfway line.

6 CONVERSION, McKibbin, 14-0! Straight through from an easy angle.

5 TRY, WARATAHS, TIMANI, 12-0! Another try straight off the restard as the 'Tahs run at the Cheetahs and some good handling allows Sitaleki Timani to jump over a tackle and onto the try line!

4 CONVERSION, McKibbin, 7-0!

3 TRY, WARATAHS, DENNIS, 5-0! Frantic play from the Waratahs but the ball bobbles around over the line and Dennis is able to get a hand on it - the TMO is called in but he rules it as safe and awards the try!

1 Cheetahs are penalised for the tackler not rolling away - the first action from the start as Coonie Oosthuizen does move aside quick enough.

Kick-off Riaan Smit gets us underway as Craig Joubert signals the start.

Welcome Welcome to live coverage from Blomfontein where the Cheetahs are hosting the Waratahs. Both teams are eager for a win today, although the Cheetahs have only won two of the last seven meetings. Stay tuned, we're about to get underway shortly.

Team News Michael Foley has made four changes to his Waratahs starting 15. Drew Mitchell returns after having been out for over a year, along with Tatafu Polata-Nau, Kane Douglas and Wycliff Palu who all return in the sky blue jersey. Benn Robinson takes over the captaincy duties for the seventh time, taking over from the injured Rocky Elsom.

Team News The Cheetahs have made three changes to the starting line-up for this evening. Justin Downey moves to the bench and Ashley Johnson takes over on the flank. George Earle will be rested this week and is replaced by Andries Ferreira while Francois Uys takes a place on the bench. Cameron Jacobs no longer features in the 22-man squad and he's been replaced by Rocco Jansen.

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