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|Home team||Away Team|
|26 - 27||
Full Time: Waratahs 26 Cheetahs 27
80 Michael Hooper takes the ball into contact but is held up in the tackle by Brussouw. When the maul becomes static the referee indicates that it's a scrum to the Cheetahs but there's no time for that as the hooter has gone to signal the end of the match! The visitors are ecstatic as they clinch another win on the road! The Waratahs' are left to contemplate what could have been as they go down by the narrowest of margins!
79 The Cheetahs take the ball through several phases but lose possession when Phillip van der Walt throws a forward pass to Brussouw inside the 'Tahs' 22.
77 Dave Dennis takes the ball up but is smashed backwards by Rynard Landman and Brussouw!
74 PENALTY, WARATAHS, MCKIBBIN! 26-27. Mckibbin adds another penalty after Goosen is penalised for a ruck infringement.
71 CONVERSION, CHEETAHS, GOOSEN! 23-27. Goosen adds the extra points to extend his side's lead!
70 TRY, CHEETAHS, RHULE! 23-25. Raymond Rhule beats three defenders close to the 'Tahs' try-line and crashes over!
68 Goosen gets a chance to level the scores, after the Waratahs' front-row is penalised for illegal scrummaging. The young pivot's effort is wide of the posts, however.
66 The Cheetahs take the ball through seven phases, with Heinrich Brussouw and Francois Uys carrying strongly. They eventually lose possession when Adriaan Strauss knocks on in contact.
64 Pretorius puts great pressure on Lopeti Timani at the base of a scrum inside the Waratahs' 22. The nuggety scrum-half's effort pays off as the replacement number eight knocks on.
62 PENALTY, WARATAHS, MCKIBBIN! 23-20. McKibbin adds another three-pointer after Coenie Oosthuizen fails to release a tackled player on the ground.
59 The hosts lose momentum when Betham knocks on inside the Cheetahs' 22.
57 The Waratahs take the ball through seven phases and are soon on the edge of the Cheetahs' 22. They commit a handling error but the referee spotted a knock on from Pretorius in the build-up and awards a scrum to the home side.
54 Goosen goes down under a challenge by Ashley-Cooper. The cheetahs pivot is pinned when he holds onto the ball on the ground.
52 Hooper takes the ball into contact but is held up by three defenders. When the ball becomes static the Cheetahs get the put-in at the scrum.
50 PENALTY, CHEETAHS, GOOSEN! 20-20. Goosen draws his side level after Michael Hooper is blown up for side entry at a ruck.
47 Foley sells the Cheetahs defence a dummy and takes the gap! He's on the Cheetahs' 10 metre line when he throws a long pass which Sarel Pretorius intercepts before being tackled by Betham.
46 Coenie Oosthuizen, who is on as a replacment for Trevor Nyakane, is pinned for illegal scrummaging. McKibbin takes a shot at goal but his effort is wide of the mark.
43 The Waratahs are on the attack inside the Cheetahs' 22, after taking the ball through seven phases. Ashley-Cooper throws out a pass to Betham who knocks on.
40 Goosen gets the second half started! His kick is gathered by Lachlan Turner who beats a copule of defenders before going to ground five metres outside his 22.
Half Time: Waratahs 20 Cheetahs 17
40 CONVERSION, WARATAHS, MCKIBBIN! 20-17. Mckibbin adds the two-pointer to push his side further in front. That's the final act of the half as the players head into the sheds for a deserved break. It's been an entertaining first half as both sides have shown a willingness to run the ball. If they continue in this vein we're in for a cracking second period!
40 TRY, WARATAHS, ASHLEY-COOPER! 18-17. Adam Ashley-Cooper runs onto a pass from McKibbin close to the try-line but is stopped just short of the line by Trevor Nyakane. He wriggles loose fro mthe challenge and forces his way over the line!
37 Goosen is penalised for side-entry at a ruck. McKibbin puts the ball into touch 10 metres from the Cheetahs' try-line.
34 The Waratahs are on the attack inside the Cheetahs' 22 but lose possession when Sitaleki Timani knocks on at a critical moment!
33 PENALTY, CHEETAHS, GOOSEN! 13-17. Goosen suuceeds with a spot-kick after Rob Horne, who is on for Barnes, is pinned for going off his feet at a ruck.
30 The 'Tahs take the ball through six phases from a tap penalty but gain little ground as the Cheetahs defence meet them head on. The hosts eventually lose momentum when McKibbin knocks on.
27 CONVERSION, WARATAHS, MCKIBBIN! 13-14. McKibbin makes no mistake from the kicking tee to bring his side to within a point of the visitors' lead.
26 TRY, WARATAHS, BETHAM! 11-14. Betham takes a pass from McKibbin, at a line-out, and slices through the Cheetahs defence like a hot knife through butter! He powers his away over the try-line despite a desperate tackle from the cover-defence and scores under the posts!
25 Peter Betham makes a bullocking run, beating three defenders before getting a pass away to Lachlan Turner. The Wallaby passes back to Betham who knocks on with the try-line at his mercy!
23 Goosen is pinned for not rolling away after that tackle on Ashley-Cooper but McKibbin's shot at goal is just wide of the posts!
21 Adam Ashley-Cooper takes the ball into contact but is smashed backwards in the tackle by Goosen.
18 CONVERSION, CHEETAHS, GOOSEN! 6-14. Goosen adds the two-pointer from close to the touchline to put his side further in front!
17 TRY, CHEETAHS, RHULE! 6-12. Raymond Rhule runs onto a pass from Ebersohn and beats Folau with a deft side-step before scoring in the corner!
14 PENALTY, WARATAHS, MCKIBBIN! 6-7. McKibbin narrows the gap to one point after Frans Viljoen is pinned for playing the ball with his hands at a ruck.
11 The Waratahs attack from deep inside their half. Folau beats a couple of defenders before offloading to Paddy Ryan who goes to ground just inside the Cheetahs' half.
8 Lourens Adriaanse is penalised for illegal scrummaging on the Waratahs' five-metre line. Barnes puts the ball into touch just outside his own 22.
6 Sarel Pretorius robs Barnes of possession at a ruck and sets off on an attacking run! He is brought to ground deep inside the 'Tahs' half by Mckibbin.
4 PENALTY, WARATAHS, MCKIBBIN! 3-7. Brendan Mckibbin gets the hosts' first points after Daniller tackles Israel Folau in the air.
2 CONVERSION, CHEETAHS, GOOSEN! 0-7. Johan Goosen adds the extras to extend the visitors' lead!
1 TRY, CHEETAHS, EBERSOHN! 0-5. Willie le Roux gathers a kick just outside his 22. He sets off on a run and puts in a chip kick which he regathers. The Waratahs defence is all over the place and le Roux calmly offloads to Robert Ebersohn who gets in for the first points of the match! What a start!
Berrick Barnes gets the match underway! His kick is gathered by Hennie Danniller who goes to ground just outside his 22.
Team News: Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske has kept faith with the same starting XV that beat the Highlanders for this clash. This match has special significance for scrum-half Sarel Pretorius, who played with the Waratahs in 2012.
Team News: Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has made several changes to his starting XV after last week's debacle against the Brumbies. Wallabies stalwart Berrick Barnes makes his first appearance of the season at inside centre in place of Tom Carter. Also returning to the starting XV is Pat McCutcheon, who takes over at number eight in place of the injured Wycliff Palu, allowing captain Dave Dennis to revert his preferred position on the blindside flank. Out wide, a new wing combination sees Wallaby Lachie Turner elevated from the bench to partner up with newcomer Peter Betham. Full-back Ben Volavola reverts to the bench in place of Israel Folau, who shifts back into the 15 jersey. In the only remaining changes to the pack, hooker John Ulugia takes over from the injured Tatafu Polota-Nau, whilst Paddy Ryan gets a start at tighthead.
Hello and welcome to the Allianz Stadium in Sydney for this Super Rugby hit out between our hosts, the Waratahs, and the Stormers. The Waratahs have plenty to prove to their supporters after suffering a humiliating defeat to the Brumbies last week while the Cheetahs are on a high after claiming a morale-boosting win over the Highlanders. We'll be back soon with team news!
Updates to appear here at 19:25 local (08:25 GMT)
|Saturday 19th April|
|15:00||Bath vs Worcester|
|15:00||Exeter vs Sale|
|15:15||Wasps vs Gloucester|
|Sunday 20th April|
|14:00||Northampton vs London Irish|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Saracens|
|Saturday 3rd May|
|15:00||Bath vs Northampton|
|15:00||Saracens vs Worcester|
|15:00||Exeter vs Harlequins|
|15:00||Gloucester vs London Irish|
|15:00||Sale vs Leicester|
|15:00||Wasps vs Newcastle|
|Saturday 10th May|
|15:15||Newcastle vs Exeter|
|15:15||Leicester vs Saracens|
|15:15||Northampton vs Wasps|
|15:15||Worcester vs Gloucester|
|15:15||Harlequins vs Bath|
|15:15||London Irish vs Sale|
|Friday 18th April|
|Harlequins 24 - 20 Leicester|
|Sunday 13th April|
|London Irish 40 - 12 Newcastle|
|Saracens 28 - 24 Northampton|
|Saturday 12th April|
|Gloucester 17 - 18 Bath|
|Worcester 33 - 38 Exeter|
|Leicester 27 - 15 Wasps|
|Friday 11th April|
|Sale Sharks 12 - 27 Harlequins|
|Sunday 30th March|
|Newcastle 12 - 17 Worcester|
|Saturday 29th March|
|Northampton 16 - 22 Leicester|
|Wasps 20 - 32 Saracens|
|Exeter 13 - 14 Gloucester|
|Harlequins 23 - 9 London Irish|
|Friday 28th March|
|Bath 11 - 12 Sale Sharks|
|Sunday 23rd March|
|Leicester 45 - 15 Exeter|
|Saturday 22nd March|
|London Irish 23 - 44 Bath|
|Saracens 39 - 17 Harlequins|
|Gloucester 40 - 33 Newcastle|
|Sale Sharks 19 - 6 Northampton|
|Friday 21st March|
|Worcester 11 - 13 Wasps|
|Sunday 2nd March|
|Newcastle 18 - 41 Leicester|
|Saturday 1st March|
|Northampton 39 - 13 Gloucester|
|Exeter 18 - 0 London Irish|
|Harlequins 21 - 20 Worcester|
|Wasps 17 - 21 Sale Sharks|
|Friday 28th February|
|Bath 10 - 23 Saracens|
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