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- 10th May 2013
- KO 18:10
Cheetahs v Hurricanes - Live
CHEETAHS 34-39 HURRICANES
80 PENALTY, CHEETAHS, WATTS. 34-39. The Cheetahs save the bonus point in the last minute! What a second half! The players are exhausted. Thanks for joining us, cheers.
79 Watts breaks clear! He chips ahead for Benjamin to chase. What drama as Benjamin races Leiua ...the Canes wing gets their first and clears. The ref brings them back for a penalty because the ball was held by the Canes medical staff to prevent the quick throw in!
78 Watts send his conversion attempt wide. Is that the bonus point lost?
76 TRY, CHEETAHS, EBERSOHN. 31-39. Whoa! Robert Ebersohn beats two men on the outside to score in the corner! What a climax to this game
73 CONVERSION, WATTS. 26-39. Easy two points. Can the Cheetahs save a bonus point? Is there enough time?
72 TRY, CHEETAHS, OOSTHUISEN. 24-39. The big prop gabs his second try as the Cheetahs pack rumbles forward. Oosthuisen sticks out an arm to score with three Hurricanes on his back!
71 The Cheetahs are not doing themselves any favours, trying to run their way of their own 22. Ryno Benjamin is on for Rhule...he tries a chip ahead and gets charged down. We'll come back for an offside penalty. Watts sticks it into touch.
69 TRY, HURRICANES, VITO. 19-37. Another big charge from Thrush, who has had a cracking games sets it up. Vito is up in support to crash over for the bonus-point try!
67 PENALTY, HURRICANES, BARRETT. 19-32. Straight down the middle from 45m out. Hard to see the Cheetahs coming back from here.
65 The Cheetahs living dangerously, trying to run their way out of their own territory. Le Roux takes a penalty quickly which doesn't pay off. The Hurricanes bide their time and then strike at a ruck. Penalty!
63 CONVERSION, BARRETT. 19-29. Easy extras for Barrett. The gap is back to 10 - can the Cheetahs fight back again?
62 TRY, HURRICANES, PERENARA. 19-27. The TMO says yes! The scrum-half stretched out an arm to get the ball down on the line.
61 A big run from Vito has the Canes deep in the Cheetahs 22. They rumble forward, just 5 metres short now. Perenara strikes under the posts! Is it a try? The TMO will decide.
60 It looked to be all the Cheetahs with Le Roux breaking up to the 22 but then Taylor got hold of the loose ball and backed his pace up to the opposition 22. He was eventually tackled by that man Le Roux.
57 WATTS CONVERSION! 19-22! An excellent kick from the replacement fly-half so the lead is three points.
56 OOSTHUISEN TRY! 17-22! What a response that is. The power of the prop does the damage. Game on here.
55 The conversion is missed and that precedes the Cheetahs coming back with hunger. Stay right there...
54 SAVEA TRY! 12-22! Like London buses the second comes soon after. It is a very poor one to concede in the eyes of the Cheetahs as their defence was non-existent on halfway. Savea spotted that and kicked the ball into space, getting to it first and grounding ahead of scrum-half Pretorius. Amazing stuff.
52 He misses the extras from the touchline. A first try on the board though. How will the hosts respond?
51 BARRETT TRY! 12-17! And that is the home fly-half's last act as head coach Naka Drotske replaces him with Elgar Watts. Following that, the 'Canes are over as he barges over Pretorius on the right wing!
50 But now a great scrag tackle from Barrett on Rhule sees the winger flung to the floor five metres out from his own line. The wing eventually offloads to Francis who can only clear to the 22. Chance here.
48 Le Roux has just smashed Savea in a tackle that led to a turnover on halfway. A big statement there.
46 Here come two changes from the Cheetahs as Sarel Pretorius and Trevor Nyakane get ready to appear.
43 The ball is with the Cheetahs early on but they don't seem to be going anywhere. In fact, they spill the pill in the end with Francis the guilty party. TJ Perenara puts in then bang on the halfway line.
41 Welcome back to the game. No tries scored in the first-half so let's hope that changes in the second.
Cheetahs 12 Hurricanes 12
40 FRANCIS PENALTY! 12-12! Not entering a ruck from the back sees things tied up at the half-time break.
39 So this game is delicately poised with a minute left. Brad Shields is on for Lam with the Cheetahs in possession on their own 22. Francis eventually puts boot to ball so it's now Taylor replying in kind.
37 FRANCIS PENALTY! 9-12! And off goes Lam - walking I might add which is good to see. The sight of the Cheetahs closing the gap as he exits the field not so pleasing for the flank as half-time approaches.
36 The home fans then witness the power of Oosthuisen as the loosehead isn't held by a total of three tacklers before he runs over Lam soon after. Lam is in bad shape here so on come the medical staff.
34 Barrett makes a mistake now though as he puts too much on a kick that goes dead. That sparks a spell of open, running rugby from both sides that sees play settle on halfway with Cheetahs hooker Strauss.
31 BARRETT PENALTY! 6-12! Viljoen is penalised for hands on the ground at a ruck 20 out so Francis' penalty is almost immediately chalked off. The flanker also gets walked ten metres for backchat.
29 FRANCIS PENALTY! 6-9! And the second penalty comes, this time for a high shot by Bateman on Strauss.
27 Ebersohn is back on and in possession with 50 metres to go to the 'Canes line. Momentum is with them.
25 FRANCIS PENALTY! 3-9! The Cheetahs are on the board following a decent attack that saw them motor into the opposition 22. Now, will this be the start of a good scoring spell for the men from Bloemfontein?
23 Hurricanes ball on the home 22 is now ended by strong breakdown work by the home forwards. But there is worrying news for the Cheetahs here as Le Roux is down in pain with a knee injury. He plays on.
20 A quarter of the game gone as Le Roux's grubber down the right wing into the 22 sparks a fantastic counter attack from the Hurricanes. Barrett was the architect but the Cheetahs survive and clear.
17 BARRETT PENALTY! 0-9! Barrett makes things worse for the Cheetahs as the lead grows in Bloemfontein.
15 EBERSOHN YELLOW! Beautiful cross-field kick from Barrett to Leiua on halfway sets the Hurricanes off. Now, can they make this count as they get to the 22? No, as Ebersohn deliberately slaps down a pass.
13 BARRETT PENALTY! 0-6! The 'Canes make Francis pay after a Cheetahs forward was offside on halfway.
11 Francis has missed an absolute sitter following a 'Canes offence so the chance to level goes begging.
10 The 'Canes aren't out of the woods yet though and have been in possession for a while now in the Hurricanes' 22. Phases are being racked up but it's now about turning this pressure into points.
7 Almost the ideal response from the Cheetahs though as Adriaan Strauss and Raymond Rhule get some go-forward in the opposition 22. However, the winger then loses the ball in contact so Barrett clears.
6 BARRETT PENALTY! 0-3! Coenie Oosthuisen is caught not rolling away so it's the first points recorded.
4 Territory is very much with the Hurricanes early on and Burton Francis looks to do something about that, sending the ball up to halfway. But back come the visitors through Jack Lam on the left wing.
2 Nothing comes of that chance though and in fact it's a Cheetahs scrum in the same position coming up.
Kick-off And we're off with plenty of kicking early on before the Hurricanes force a turnover on the home 22.
Team news The Cheetahs are back from a bye and have Frans Viljoen as their only change to the line-up that beat the Kings. He replaces the injured Lappies Labuschagne. Meanwhile, the Hurricanes are without Conrad Smith so Reynold Lee-Lo starts. Elsewhere and Ben May and Faifili Levave wear 3 and 6 respectively.
Welcome Hello and welcome from Bloemfontein for this Cheetahs versus Hurricanes clash. The last two meetings between these two outfits saw 182 points scored so hopefully that high-scoring trend continues. The Cheetahs are currently seventh in the standings while the 'Canes sit eleventh. Team news coming up.
Updates to appear here at 18:55 local (17:55 BST, 16:55 GMT)
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