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- 30th Mar 2013
- KO 15:05
Cheetahs v Rebels - Live
Cheetahs 34 Rebels 16
80 The Cheetahs attack close to the Rebels' try-line but when they are held up the referee blows the final whistle to end proceedings. It's been a great second half effort from the hosts, which has laid the foundation to this deserved win. They dominated in all departments against the visitors who will have to improve considerably if they want to be competitive in their remaining matches.
CONVERSION, REBELS, O'CONNOR! 34-16. O'Connor maintains his 100 percent goal-kicking record when he adds the extras.
TRY, REBELS, NEVILLE! 34-14. Caydern Neville scoops up a loose ball that pops out at a ruck, close to the Cheetahs' try-line, and barges over!
TRY, CHEETAHS, BENJAMIN! 34-9. Ryno Benjamin gathers a pass from Rhule and dives in at the left-hand corner!
CONVERSION, CHEETAHS, FRANCIS! 29-9. Francis adds another conversion to extend the home side's lead!
TRY, CHEETAHS, SADIE! 27-9. Johann Sadie dives in at the left-hand corner after latching onto a long looping pass from Francis!
YELLOW CARD, REBELS, JONES! Luke Jones is sent to the sin bin after a late shoulder charge on Willie le Roux.
TRY, CHEETAHS, LE ROUX! 22-9. Woodward fails to gather a high ball and Adriaan Strauss pounces! He offloads to Willie le Roux who gets in for his second try in as many weeks! Francis fails with the conversion attempt.
63 The Rebels forwards take the ball into contact, just outside the Cheetahs' 22, but lose possession when Ebersohn and Heinrich Brussow do well to keep the ball off the ground when the mall becomes static.
61 Higginbotham makes a break but throws a poor pass to Jason Woodward on the Cheetahs' 22. The wing knocks on and the Cheetahs get out of jail!
PENALTY, REBELS, O'CONNOR! 17-9. O'Connor narrows the gap after Lodewyk de Jager is penalised for a ruck infringement.
56 Scott Higginbotham takes the ball into contact but is driven back in the tackle by Ebersohn!
CONVERSION, CHEETAHS, FRANCIS! 17-6. Francis adds the easy spot-kick to extend his side's lead!
TRY, CHEETAHS, RHULE! 15-6. Robert Ebersohn beats three defenders before getting a backhanded pass to Rhule, who outpaces the cover defence before scoring under the posts.
49 Francis puts in a clearance kick which stops just in front of the try-line. O'Connor gathers and puts the ball out on his own 10-metre line.
46 O'Connor does well with a huge clearance kick from behind his try-line. The ball goes into touch five metres from the halfway line!
44 Lodewyk de Jager takes the ball into contact but makes little headway as he is met by a big hit from Hugh Pyle. The ball spills forward and the Rebels gain possession at the scrum.
42 The Cheetahs do well when they take the ball through 13 phases. The ball eventually comes to le Roux who puts a chip kick through which rolls into touch inside the Rebels' 22.
40 Francis gets the second half started with a deep hanging kick which Angus Roberts gathers. He returns Francis' kick with a clearance upfield which the Cheetahs pivot just manages to keep in play.
Cheetahs 10 Rebels 6
40 After calling a mark inside his 22 O'Connor boots the ball into touch. The hooter sounds to signal half-time and the sides head into the sheds! Both sides have tried to play expansively but the rain has been a great leveller during this opening half. There's been several handling errors on both sides and the side that can cut that part out of their game should take the spoils after the break.
CONVERSION, CHEETAHS, FRANCIS! 10-6. Francis adds the extras, from up against the touchline, to give his side a four point lead!
TRY, CHEETAHS, DANILLER! 8-6. The Rebels fail to control the ball at a scrum inside their 22 and Sarel Pretorius wins a turnover. The ball goes out to the backs, and Sadie takes a half gap before offloading to Hennie Daniller, who scores in the corner!
33 Nick Phipps knocks on and Johan Sadie boots the ball ahead. Raymond Rhule gives chase but can't control the bouncing ball in the wet and knocks on in front of the Rebels' posts.
31 Gareth Delve is penalised when he rips the ball from Adriaan Strauss's grasp on the deck. Francis takes a shot at goal, from the halfway mark, but although his shot has the distance it does not have the direction.
PENALTY, REBELS, O'CONNOR! 3-6. O'Connor adds another three-pointer after the hosts' forwards are pinned for being offside.
26 The Rebels are on the attack inside the Cheetahs' 22! They take the ball through several phases but can't breach the home side's rock solid defence.
PENALTY, REBELS, O'CONNOR! 3-3. James O'Connor opens the Rebels' account after Willie le Roux is pinned for being offside.
20 James O'Connor tries to put his team in a favourable position, with a kick upfield. The ball stays infield but rolls over the try-line and Hennie Daniller dots down.
17 It's raining quite heavily at the moment. That means that handling conditions are difficult and soon the Rebels lose possession, after a promising attack, when Jordy Reid knocks on.
15 The Cheetahs are on the attack inside the Rebels' half but the visitors gain a reprieve when several Cheetahs go off their feet at a ruck.
PENALTY, CHEETAHS, FRANCIS! 3-0. Burton Francis gets the game's first points, from the kicking tee, after the Rebels are penalised for being offside.
11 Angus Roberts does well when he clears his line with a kick which goes into touch just outside his 22.
9 Francis puts through a teasing grubber kick inside the Rebels' 22! Willie le Roux gives chase and kicks ahead in front of the try-line but the ball rolls over the dead-ball line.
7 Francis launches an up-and-under and Rhule and Robert Ebersohn gives chase. Rhule goes up for the kick but knocks on.
5 The Rebels take the ball through six phases and are soon close to the Cheetahs' 22. The home side do well on defence and soon gain possession when Lourens Adriaanse wins a crucial turnover at a breakdown!
2 Nic Henderson is pinned for illegal scrummaging inside the Cheetahs' half. Burton Francis kicks for touch and puts the ball out on the Rebels' 22-metre line.
Kick-Off James O'Connor gets us underway! His kick is gathered by Raymond Rhule who sets up a ruck on the edge of his 22-metre line.
Team News We've just heard that there's a late change to the Cheetahs squad. Fly-half Riaan Smit has withdrawn and is replaced in the run-on side by Burton Francis while Barry Geel takes Francis' place on the replacements bench.
Team News The Rebels have included recent injury doubt Scott Higginbotham in their side for this clash as well as flanker Jordy Reid and prop Paul Alo-Emile who both make their Rebels and Super Rugby run-on debuts.
Team News Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske has picked the same starting XV that beat the Western Force in Perth last weekend.
Welcome Hello and welcome to the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein for this Super Rugby hit out between the Cheetahs and the Rebels. The Cheetahs are full of confidence, after winning three out of four tour matches in Australasia, while the Rebels are looking to bounce back after suffering a 64-7 thrashing against the Sharks last weekend.
Updates to appear here at 16:50 local (14:50 GMT)
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