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|Home team||Away Team|
|26 - 24||
Cheetahs 26 Stormers 24
84 PENALTY, CHEETAHS, FRANCIS. 26-24. The Cheetahs win!!!!!!!!!!! What a finish! Francis slots the penalty from out wide and the Cheetahs beat the Stormers for the first time since 2007!!!
83 Le Roux has a go at the drop but is charged down. We'll come back for a penalty however because de Allende went at the ball on the deck.
80 The chance saloon for the Cheetahs. They swing in left and then right but don't advance. Penalty! The Cheetahs have no choice but to run it. The crowds is going ballistic as the hooter sounds...
79 The Stormers kick deep and it is returned by Francis but it rolls over the dead ball line so the Stormers have the scrum and can shut the game down.
77 The Cheetahs go down the backline as they look to snatch a win. It is slow ball as they bash away outside the 22. Francis dummies the drop-goal and goes wide to Rhule. Prinsloo drives it over the 22. Now the drop comes form Francis.... but it goes just wide.
75 PENALTY, STORMERS, PIETERSEN. 23-24. The Cheetahs lose another line-out and the Stormers crash over halfway. They swing it wide and Bekker is there. Fourie takes it up hard and the Brussow holds on in the tackle.
72 Francis sends his kick just wide. This one is going down to the wire!
70 The substitutions are coming thick and fast. Both benches are empty. Francis will have a crack at goal from 50m for a penalty against the Stormers scrum.
68 The Stormers go wide and De Villiers links up with Fourie. They take it through the phases but Rhodes drops it cold and the Cheetahs have a scrum.
66 DROP, CHEETAHS, FRANCIS. 23-21. What drama! Burton Francis drill a drop goal from a long way out to put the Cheetahs back in front!
64 It is scrappy line-out ball for the Cheetahs but they get it away. The Stormers send it down the backline and Van Aswegen's chip ahead goes into touch on the 22. The teams exchange kicks and eventually a chip kick is lost forward so the Cheetahs have a scrum.
61 Pietersen finds touch on the 22 and the Stormers steal it, but it is won back on the ground by the Cheetahs and they sling it wide. Francis kicks ahead and Pietersen puts his kick out on the full.
60 PENALTY, CHEETAHS, FRANCIS. 20-21. The Stormers are penalised this time for not rolling away.
57 Ryno Benjamin is operating at scrum-half for the Cheetahs, who are looking to rumble it up via route one. Now Francis kicks for the corner. The Stormers will have a defensive line-out.
54 PENALTY, STORMERS, PIETERSEN. 17-21. The Cheetahs penalised again for killing it on the deck. Schreuder and Cilliers come on for Groom and Malherbe
52 PENALTY, STORMERS, PIETERSEN. 17-18. The Stormers move immediatly back in front after Robert Ebersohn is penalised for not releasing. Sarel Pretorius is off! He only lasted about 7 minutes.
50 CONVERSION, FRANCIS. 17-15. Game on!
48 TRY, CHEETAHS, PRETORIUS!! 15-15. Sarel Pretorius scores with his first touch of the ball after charging down Groom and bursting clear. Looks like he's hurt his leg in the process though.
45 PENALTY, CHEETAHS, FRANCIS. 10-15. An easy three points for the home fly-half. Gary van Aswegen comes on at pivot for the Stormers. Sarel Pretorius takes over at scrum-half for the Cheetahs.
44 Oof! Elton Jantjies is lucky not to see yellow after a judo-style high tackle and Strauss.
42 The Cheetahs line-out, which has been so reliable this year, has become a bit of a liability this afternoon. It means the hosts are looking to keep ball in hand even more than usual, which is great for everyone watching.
Second half Here we go for round 2! Pieterson kicks us off. Straight away the Cheetahs win a penalty and van Zyl charges off on his own. The ball comes wide but is split on the halfway line.
CHEETAHS 7-15 STORMERS
40 That's half time! Two tries from Juan De Jongh have given the Stormers the lead after the Cheetahs dominated the opening 20 minutes. It's still anyone's game though. We'll be back in ten.
CONVERSION, PIETERSEN. 7-15. A crucial time to score for the Stormers, who will lead at the break.
TRY, STORMERS, DE JONGH. 7-13. It's carnage after Gio Aplon chips ahead. Kitshoff rumbles forward but is stopped short. Penalty to the Stormers which Jean de Villiers takes quickly. It comes out to Juan de Jongh, who powers over!
35 Possession so far: Stormers 59% Cheetahs 41 %. The territory is almost 50-50 though.
34 Pietersen's conversion attempt is wide.
TRY, STORMERS, DE JONGH. 7-8. Deon Fourie is stopped just short after a charge at the line but de Jongh is on hand to pounce and score. The TMO has a look but gives the green light!
31 A bit of kick tennis ends when Groom decides to have a dart. It's been a while since the Cheetahs got their hand on the ball.
Injury Jaco Taute's season is over, surely. His knee just bent about 30 degree is the wrong direction in a tackle from Willie le Roux. The replay is not pretty. Damian de Allende comes on as Taute leaves on the back of the medic buggy.
29 The gamble doesn't pay off. De Jongh gets double-teamed in midfield and coughs it up. The Cheetahs break off the scrum as they look to clear their lines.
27 The Stormers have found some momentum now, taking it through 10-odd phases as they build in the Cheetahs half. Juan de Jongh breaks down the touchline but is isolated. We'll come back for a penalty though. The Stormers turn down the easy points and go for the corner!!! Brave or reckless?
24 The Stormers line-out is working perfectly today. They've already stolen a handful off the Cheetahs and De Kock Steenkamp rises highest to claim another.
CONVERSION, FRANCIS. 7-3. Wonderful kick from the home fly-half from right on the touchline.
TRY, CHEETAHS, EBERSOHN! 5-3. Cheetahs rugby at it's best! The hosts break out from long range after Taute gets caught in possession. Hooker Adriaan Strauss shows great hands to give Robert Ebersohn the final pass and the centre finishes in the corner.
18 van Zyl and Lood de Jager get their wires crossed and the ball goes to ground. A few silly mistakes are costing the Cheetahs.
17 Another 9-phase build up from the Cheetahs who are moving it about at pace. The win a scrum when Vermeulen knocks it down on his 22m line.
15 Willie le Roux and Gio Aplon get into an argument which is fun to watch. The Stormers eventually clear their lines but the Cheetahs are on top so far!
13 Another Cheetahs attack and again it's Willie le Roux v Joe Pietersen in a foot race to the ball after a chip ahead. The Stormers full-back dives onto it, inches ahead of the Free State flyer. Another 22 restart.
12 Cheetahs looking dangerous! Piet van Zyl bursts clear after a switch with Robert Ebersohn. Willie le Roux is next up to try his luck with a clever chip over the top but Pietersen comes to the rescue and dots down.
11 The Stormers have have not lost to the Cheetahs since 2007...so far so good in Bloem.
PENALTY, STORMERS, PIETERSEN. 0-3. First blood to the men for the Cape.
8 Lappies Labuschagne is penalised for slowing the ball down by not rolling away after the line-out. Pietersen will have the first shot at goal.
6 It takes over 2 minutes to get a clean scrum and feed. The Cheetahs put in a big shove but Joe Pietersen can clear without pressure.
4 Fantastic build up with ball in hand from the Cheetahs who are now just 5m short of the Stormers tryline after 14 phases. Bekker drills Lourens Adriaanse, who spills it...
2 Groom looks for the corner with a probing kick but he's overcooked it! We'll come back for a Cheetahs scrum just inside their half.
Kick-Off Here we go! Burton Francis kicks us off. Its goes long to Duane Vermeulen. He takes it up before Elton Jantjies clears. Line-out Cheetahs near halfway. Bekker steals it! The Stormers get that maul going!
Team News Stormers coach Allister Coetzee has made five changes to the team that lost to the Crusaders last week. Former Lions flank Michael Rhodes will make his Stormers debut. Steven Kitshoff, Nic Groom and Jaco Taute also all coming into the starting XV.
Team News The Cheetahs have made one change to their starting XV at scrum-half where Piet van Zyl is preferred to Sarel Pretorius. Burton Francis retains the number 10 jersey after replacing the injured Riaan Smit before kick-off last week.
Welcome Hello and welcome to the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein for our coverage of the final game of Super Rugby Round 8. The home side are on the verge of setting a new franchise record of five consecutive wins, while the Stormers have won two and lost three of their five matches this year. It should be a cracker!
Updates to appear here at 16:50 local (15:50 BST, 14:50 GMT).
|Friday 21st March|
|19:45||Worcester vs Wasps|
|Saturday 22nd March|
|14:00||Sale vs Northampton|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Newcastle|
|15:15||Saracens vs Harlequins|
|17:30||London Irish vs Bath|
|Sunday 23rd March|
|14:00||Leicester vs Exeter|
|Friday 28th March|
|19:45||Bath vs Sale|
|Saturday 29th March|
|15:00||Wasps vs Saracens|
|15:00||Harlequins vs London Irish|
|15:00||Exeter vs Gloucester|
|15:15||Northampton vs Leicester|
|Sunday 30th March|
|14:00||Newcastle vs Worcester|
|Friday 11th April|
|19:45||Sale vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 12th April|
|15:00||Worcester vs Exeter|
|15:00||Leicester vs Wasps|
|15:15||Gloucester vs Bath|
|Sunday 13th April|
|14:00||Saracens vs Northampton|
|15:00||London Irish vs Newcastle|
|Friday 18th April|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Leicester|
|Saturday 19th April|
|15:00||Bath vs Worcester|
|15:00||Exeter vs Sale Sharks|
|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|
|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|
|Sunday 23rd February|
|Saracens 23 - 10 Exeter|
|Newcastle 16 - 22 Northampton|
|London Irish 15 - 20 Leicester|
|Saturday 22nd February|
|Worcester 12 - 24 Sale Sharks|
|Bath 32 - 25 Wasps|
|Gloucester 25 - 20 Harlequins|
|Sunday 16th February|
|Leicester 11 - 8 Gloucester|
|Saturday 15th February|
|Exeter 23 - 27 Bath|
|Wasps 20 - 23 London Irish|
|Northampton 30 - 14 Worcester|
|Harlequins 18 - 14 Newcastle|
|Friday 14th February|
|Sale Sharks 10 - 15 Saracens|
|Sunday 9th February|
|Harlequins 11 - 10 Wasps|
|Saturday 8th February|
|Exeter 16 - 17 Northampton|
|Saracens 13 - 22 London Irish|
|Bath 24 - 6 Newcastle|
|Friday 7th February|
|Sale Sharks 24 - 19 Gloucester|
|Worcester 22 - 23 Leicester|
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