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Cheetahs v Sharks - Live
Full time Cheetahs 22 Sharks 29
80 The Sharks are in possession inside their half. They set up several phases and when the siren sounds Cobus Reinach boots the ball into touch. The visitors are victorious but the result could so easily have gone to the visitors who fought back well and almost clinched a surprise win. Both sides deserve credit though for making this the entertaining spectacle that it was but in the end the Sharks' first half effort secured them this win.
78 Daniller takes Goosen's kick off and sets off towards the Sharks' try-line! Only a brave tackle from Bosman prevents a certain try!
77 PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 22-29. Lambie adds the extra three points after Prinsloo infringes at a ruck.
75 The Sharks attack close to the hosts' try-line and Jordaan and Meyer Bosman both go close to scoring but are stopped by desperate tackles.
72 Sharks replacement loose forward Pieter-Steph du Toit is put into space down the touchline and races away before diving in what he thinks is a try. He is called back, however, after he puts a foot into touch.
70 The Cheetahs attack out wide with their backs before bringing it back to their forwards where Coenie Oosthuizen does well when he bumps off an attempted tackle by Jean Deysel.
68 PENALTY, CHEETAHS, GOOSEN! 22-26. Goosen narrows the gap to four points after the Sharks infringe at a ruck close to their try-line.
66 The Cheetahs are well and truly back in this game! From a tap penalty, Boom Prinslo kicks ahead and Goosen gives chase. Odwa Ndungane gets to the ball first but is tackled into touch, close to his try-line, by Goosen.
64 CONVERSION, CHEETAHS, GOOSEN! 19-26. Goosen steps up and slots a difficult effort from up against the touchline!
63 TRY, CHEETAHS, SADIE! 17-26. Johann Sadie takes a pass from Goosen and beats Tendai Mtawarira before crossing over in the left-hand corner!
60 CONVERSION, CHEETAHS, GOOSEN! 12-26. Goosen succeeds with his first kick of the match which give his team some hope of getting something from this game.
59 TRY, CHEETAHS, LABUSCHAGNE! 10-26. The Cheetahs attack out wide and Van der Walt takes on the Cheetahs defence before offloading to Lappies Labuschagne who gets in for his first ever Super Rugby try!
58 The Cheetahs launch a counter-attack from inside their 22. Rhule, Daniller, Adriaan Strauss and Sarel Pretorius are all prominent. The move comes to nothing though when Rhule throws a pass which JP Pietersen intercepts before kicking upfield.
55 Hennie Daniller takes some pressure off his team with a 50-metre kick which sails into touch inside the Sharks' 22.
53 The Cheetahs are blown up for an early engagement at a scrum. The Sharks are dominating this department and call for another set-piece.
50 PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 5-26. Another three poins from the Sharks fly-half's boot after Coenie Oosthuizen, who is on for Lourens Adriaanse is penalised for a scrum infringement.
47 CONVERSION, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 5-23. Lambie makes no mistake from the kicking tee to put more daylight between his side and the hosts.
46 TRY, SHARKS, COETZEE! 5-21. The Sharks launch a drive off a line-out close to the Cheetahs try-line and when Jacques Botes is stopped just short Marcell Coetzee dives over after scooping up the ball off the ground.
44 Goosen gets a chance to narrow the gap, after the Sharks are penalised for being offside. His effort is just off target, however.
42 Goosen puts a grubber kick through which Lambie collects. The Sharks pivot kicks the ball into touch just inside the Cheetahs' half.
40 Goosen gets the second half underway! His kick is deep and Movo gathers before setting up a ruck just outside his 22.
Half-Time Cheetahs 5 Sharks 16
40 The Cheetahs attack off a scrum on the Sharks' five-metre line. Their forwards take the ball through several phases until Rhule gets the ball as first receiver but he knocks on when makes contact. That's the final act of the half and the teams head into the sheds. After a slow start, the Sharks have gradually gained control of the game and will be satisfied with their lead. The hosts came back towards the end of the half and are by mo means out of this match. We'll be back in 10 minutes with the second half!
38 The Cheetahs take the ball through seven phases and are soon inside the Sharks' 22. The Sharks are eventually pinned for being offside and Goosen puts the ball out close to the visitors' try-line.
35 Van der Walt makes a sniping break which puts the Cheetahs on the front-foot. They are soon close to the Sharks' 22 where Willie le Roux tries a drop-goal which is off target.
33 Steyn has a crack at the Cheetahs defence but is kept in check by Ebersohn. The Sharks skipper goes to ground but knocks on in the process.
30 CONVERSION, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 5-16. Lambie adds the two-pointer which puts his side further in front.
29 TRY, SHARKS, MVOVO! 5-14. Lwazi Mvovo capitalises on a loose ball, tapped from a line-out by Ryan Kankowski, and races passed some bewildered Cheetahs defenders before crossing over!
28 PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 5-9. Lambie extends his side's lead after several Cheetahs go diving into a ruck.
25 PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 5-6. Lambie puts his side ahead after the Cheetahs are penalised for a ruck infringement.
23 Robert Ebersohn puts his team under huge pressure when he puts the ball into touch after it was passed back into the 22. The Sharks take a quick throw-in and are soon camped inside the home side's 22.
21 PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 5-3. Pat Lambie gets his side's first points, from the kicking tee, after Frans Viljoen is pinned for a ruck infringement.
18 Lood de Jager kicks the ball ahead and Willie le Roux gathers. The referee rules that the wing was ahead of the ball, when it was kicked, and awards a penalty to the Sharks which Lambie puts out inside the Cheetahs' 22.
16 Goosen puts the Cheetahs on the attack with a clearance kick, from deep inside his half, which rolls into touch about seven metres fro mthe Sharks' try-line!
14 The Cheetahs backs' attack out wide with speedster Raymond Rhule, who cuts infield. He is brought to ground by Jordaan and from the breakdown the ball comes out to Lappies Labuschagne who knocks on.
12 The Sharks launch a counter-attack from deep inside their half and are soon inside the Cheetahs' half. Referee Jonathan Kaplan calls them back, however, when he spots a forward pass from Paul Jordaan to Burden.
10 TRY, CHEETAHS, VAN DER WALT! 5-0. The Cheetahs go launch a driving maul from a line-out five metres from the Sharks' try-line and Philip van der Walt dots down under a mass of bodies!
8 The Cheetahs take the ball through several phases from inside their 22 until they are inside the Sharks' half. The visitors do well with some ferocious counter-rucking and Ryan Kankowski pounces on the loose ball.
5 The Cheetahs are awarded a penalty when Frans Steyn fails to release Hennie Daniller in the tackle. It's from 54 metres out and Johan Goosen steps up to take a shot at goal. However, his effort is well short and the Sharks get out of jail.
2 The Sharks launch an early attack and Lwazi Mvovo gets the ball in space! The speedster is eventually stopped inside the Cheetahs' 22 but the Sharks continue the attack until Craig Burden throws a forward pass to Jacques Botes.
Kick-off Pat Lambie gets the game underway! His kick is gathered by JP Pietersen, who is tackled into touch by the Cheetahs forwards.
Team news Frans Steyn will captain the Sharks from inside centre for this clash. Cobus Reinach starts at scrum-half ahead of Charl McLeod who provides ample ability off the bench, with Ryan Kankowski, back from a six month stint in Japan, starting at number eight alongside fellow loose forwards Jacques Botes and Marcell Coetzee. Franco van der Merwe partners Anton Bresler in the second row while there are no real surprises in the back-line with Pat Lambie at fly-half, Steyn partnering Paul Jordaan in the midfield, Springboks JP Pietersen and Lwazi Mvovo out wide and Louis Ludik completing the line-up at full-back.
Team news Springbok fly-half Johan Goosen will return to action after recovering from knee injury which kept him on the sidelines for nearly four months. Griquas full-back Willie le Roux starts on the wing, partnering with another exciting prospect in Raymond Rhule. New signing Johann Sadie slots in alongside Robert Ebersohn as the hosts' centre combination after switching from the Bulls last season. Loose forward Frans Viljoen earns a start in the flanker position after impressive performances in the warm-up matches against the Stormers and Bulls. Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske has confirmed that Springbok prop Coenie Oosthuizen will get some game time off the bench. Oosthuizen has recovered from a neck injury suffered last season while playing for the Springboks against England.
welcome Hello and welcome to Bloemfontein for this Super Rugby derby between our hosts, the Cheetahs, and the Sharks. We'll be back soon with team news. Don't go away!
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