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  • Poki (3),
    Conversions: Slade, Sopoaga,
19 - 36


  • Pretorius (2), Ebersohn,
    Penalty goals: Goosen (5),
    Conversions: Goosen (3),
  • Super Rugby
  • Overall Group
  • 9th Mar 2013
  • KO 06:35
  • Ground: Forsyth Barr, Dunedin

Highlanders v Cheetahs - Live

Last updated: 9th March 2013  

80 Time up on the clock, the Highlanders come close to scoring their fourth try for a bonus point, but the final pass from Burleigh is too low for Poki to take and the winger spills the ball forward. So a famous victory for the Cheetahs, who bounced back from last week's hammering to the CVhiefs with a bang! Wow, nobody could have called that. Thanks for joining us folks!

Penalty75 PENALTY, CHEETAHS. Just when the Highlanders are given a glimmer of hope of taking something out of this match, Goosen goes and strikes penalty number five to give the Cheetahs more breathing space. 19-33!

Conversion73 CONVERSION, HIGHLANDERS. This time Slade finds his target, and adds two more points that gives the Highlanders' score a bit more respect. 19-30

TRY72 TRY, HIGHLANDERS. Consolation score for the hosts as Poki goes over again. That's a hat-rick of tries for the speedster!

70 Slade has a dart, and is supported by replacement Jarrad Hoeata who is sandwiched in a tackle. Coenie Oosthuizen is pinged for not rolling away, and the Highlanders take another quick-tap... three points won't help. They need tries!

67 Credit to the Highlanders, they haven't thrown in the towel as Treeby cuts back inside and runs away from his support and straight into a huge hit from Brÿ¼ssow. Treeby has stayed down... he twisted his knee in the tackle. And the ref has penalised the Cheetahs flank for a high tackle.

Penalty65 PENALTY, CHEETAHS. Ok, we take that back... it could be over for the Highlanderd after Goosen raises the flags once more with his fourth penalty of the match, and seventh successful kick at goal. 12-33!

62 The Highlanders throwing everything but the kitchen sink at the Cheetahs, but they just can't crack the visitors' defence. But with just under a quarter of the match remaining, it ain't over yet!

58 Penalty to the Highlanders who take a quick tap and try catch the Cheetahs napping. Not the case though - these guys are wide awake! Phil Burleigh is wrapped up in midfield... the Cheetahs not giving an inch. With the hosts going nowehere, eventualy Slade has no choice but to kick it out.

55 Pretorius goes blind and links up with Le Roux who puts up a high ball. Ben Smith is underneatch it, takes in well and evades two incoming Cheetahs before passing to Slade who hammers the ball into touch. Good skills from the Highlanders full-back.

52 Change for the Cheetahs now as Heinrich Brÿ¼ssow makes his way on the pitch, replacing Frans Viljoen. The Highlanders also make a change: Hore is off, and Brayden Mitchell takes over at hooker.

49 Francois Uys takes, and the Cheetahs get the drive on. The Highlanders slam on the brakes, so the visitors try their options out wide, but their hosts are equally up to the task and keep the South Africans out - knock-on from Johann Sadie as he tried to offload in the tackle.

47 The two packs scrum down on the Cheetahs' 10m line. Prop Tony Woodcock is penalised, and Goosen sets up a line-out 15m out from the Highlanders' tryline.

44 The conversion attempt from Slade is... no good. 12-30

TRY43 TRY, HIGHLANDERS. The hosts needed a fast start to the second half, and they've done just that as the ball is spread wide. The Cheetahs defence is stretched, and Poki goes over for his second try of the match! Wow, they made that look easy...

Second half Welcome back! Goosen gets the second half under way. Jake Paringatai takes it in, rumbles forward, sets it back for Aaron Smith who fires out to Slade for the clearance. Line-out on half-way...

40 Slade makes an instant impact, and the Cheetahs are forced to hang on for the half-time whistle. A small knock-on from John Hardie sums up the home side's half. So that's half-time! The Cheetahs on fire in the opening forty. Can the Highlanders hit back after the break? Stick around to find out...

38 The Highlanders have dominated territory and possession, but are 23 points behnd! Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph has had enough and hauls off Sopoaga.

Conversion36 CONVERSION, CHEETAHS. Gooson keeps his 100% kicking record intact!

TRY35 TRY, CHEETAHS. A lazy pass from Sopoaga, and it's that man Pretorius who intercepts and races half the length of the field for his second try of the match. Wow, that's two tries given away by the Highlanders pivot which has left his team with a mountain to climb!

Penalty33 PENALTY, CHEETAHS. It's been one-way traffic at Rugby Park as Goosen bags three more points after sending over his second penalty of the afternoon. Cheetahs dominating! 7-23

Conversion29 CONVERSION, CHEETAHS. Goosen maintains his perfect kicking record by slotting over the extras. 7-20!

TRY28 TRY, CHEETAHS. The visitors hit back straight away after Robert Ebersohn charges down a Sopoaga chip. The ball goes loose, and the Cheetahs centre picks up and races 40-odd metres to score under the posts!

Conversion26 CONVERSION, HIGHLANDERS. Sopoaga closes the gap to six points with his well-struck conversion from out wide. 7-13!

TRY25 TRY, HIGHLANDERS. Now the Cheetahs are forced to defend their tryline again. They've done a successful job of it... up until now as Sopoaga puts in a grubber kick. Kade Poki regathers and dives over for the Highlanders opening try! Finally...

Penalty23 PENALTY, CHEETAHS. Brad Thorn makes an early tackle and potentially prevents a try but Goosen is able to add another three to the Cheetahs' total! 0-13

Conversion21 CONVERSION, CHEETAHS. Goosen adds the extras and the Cheetahs take a handy 10-0 lead! The Highlanders look stunned.

TRY20 TRY, CHEETAHS. The visitors chance their arm, and hooker Adriaan Strauss links with Labuschagne. The flanker breaks clear and races along the touchline before throwing an inside pass to Pretorius, who sprints 40m to score a superb try! They deserved that.

18 The Highlanders missing the power of Nonu in midfield as once again they're unable to penetrate the Cheetahs line of defence, and now cough up possession thanks to some strong work from Pieter Labuschagne at the breakdown.

15 The Cheetahs a bit over-eager and give away a penalty. Chance for the Highlanders to level the score, but Sopoaga's first attempt hits the upright! The ball bounces back into the hands of Gear who did well to follow up the kick. But he's wrapped up! Free kick to the Highlanders. The ball wasn't coming out, but they were the team going forward.

13 The Highlanders camping on the Cheetahs line, but they can't find a way through this rock-solid defence from the visitors. Andrew Hore tries to burrow his way over the whitewash, but gets stopped in his tracks.

10 PENALTY, CHEETAHS. The visitors continue to pile on the pressure. The Highlanders are pinged for strolling offsides, which allows Johan Goosen a first shot at goal. Over it goes! First blood to the Cheetahs! 0-3

8 Sarel Pretorius exploits a gap and breaks clear! He passes to Willie le Roux on his outside, who puts in a chip ahead. If Pretorius can retrieve the ball, it's try-time... but the pigskin bounces over his head and the scrum-half can't take. Instead, Ben Smith cleans up and clears his lines... Highlanders breathe a sigh of relief!

5 Strong and agressive defence from the Cheetahs - Frans Viljoen tackling like a demon! The ball is shifted out wide to Hosea Gear, but he runs out of room.

3 Solid start from the Cheetahs, who put a big shove on. Philip van der Walt breaks off the back, and charges through two would-be tacklers. But the Highlanders turn over possession! Now the hosts use their big men to rumble the ball up...

1 The Highlanders get the game under way, but it's a terrible start as Lima Sopoaga puts his kick-off out on the full! So the Cheetahs will a scrum on half-way...

Team news Cheetahs head coach Naka Drotske has named Heinrich Brussow in his team following last week's 45-3 defeat - also to the Chiefs! The flanker has been named on the bench for the first time this season after recovering from a shoulder operation and replaces replaces Boom Prinsloo on the replacements bench. He could well be eased back in during the second half and his return is the only change to the team that lost to the Chiefs last time out.

Team news The inclusion of the ex-Crusader Brad Thorn and is one of three changes to the starting line-up from the 41-27 defeat to defending champions the Chiefs in Dunedin. Thorn replaces Jarrad Hoeata at lock, Andrew Hore captains the Highlanders for the first time after completing a five-match suspension from the All Blacks' end-of-season tour and Highlanders newcomer Jake Paringatai takes over for the injured Nasi Manu at number eight.

Welcome Hello and welcome to Rugby Park in Invercargill for this Super Rugby hit-out between the Highlanders and the Cheetahs! The hosts - back from a bye - are seeking their first win in 2013, whilst the Cheetahs are also winless from two outings.

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